12 Tips to use led strip light

During using led strip light, we are facing some problems. Now we listed the question and our answer below. Give tips to you when you are using led strip light. Hope this can help you.

1.What is led strip lights ?

Led strip light is made with led chips, FPCB/ALUMINUM PCB/FR-4/CME-3, resistance, capacitance, IC, silicon glue, silicon tube, PVC material, 3M tape, wires.

Because of the appearance like tape, so names it led strip light /led tape/led ribbon/led light bar.

It has 3M tape backside that can be stuck to almost all surfaces. And some with clips can fix on the surface where not suitable for 3M tape.


2.How many kinds of led using in led strip light ?

There many Leds are using in led strip light.

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3.How many kinds of led strip light ?

Led strip light normally classified into two categories by PCB material. One is flexible led strip light. The other one is a rigid led strip light.

And led strip light can be classified into two categories by voltage.

One is high voltage led strip light, the voltage is AC110V and AC220V.

The other one is low voltage, DC3V/5V/6V/9V/12V/15V/24V/36V/48V/60V.

It is according to different requests.

flexible led strip light


high voltage led strip light


rigid led strip light


a. Flexible led strip light

 Flexible led strip light is produce by flexible PCB and led. The thickness is only 1.5mm.

Normally the led type have SMD3014, 3528, 3030, 5050, 2835, 5630, 5730, 335 etc.

It have 30led/m, 60led/m, 72led/m, 96led/m, 120led/m , 240led/m, 360led/m.

According to design requests. Because of the flexibility, it can easy to make any shape, and it can cut in any size.


b. Rigid led strip light

The rigid led strip light is produced by aluminum PCB or FR4 PCB. It is easy to install and better heat dissipation(aluminum base).

But is can not easy to bend. Aluminum base PCB is widely used in high power lamps.


4.How to select led strip light?

When we select the led strip light, We need to think about what kind of led?

How many led per meter?

How many wattage per meter?


5.What kind of led strip light?

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For same brightness, same price

SMD2835 LED STRIP LIGHT is a very good cost performance.

SMD 5050 LED STRIP LIGHT have 3 chips in one led.

This quality will stable, if one chips broken, the other 2chips can light .


6.How many led per meter?

Now have







More led in one meter, more brightness. And the wattage will increase.

You can ask lightstec for date sheet.


7.How many wattage per meter?

Normally have









Many choose. According to your request, you can ask lightstec for detail.

8.Applications- Cool led light projects
Led strip light is used in furniture, cars decorate lighting, advertising, lighting board, airplane, train, KTV, hotel, shopping mall etc.We also share some cool led light projects here.You can see projects using led strip lights for room lighting,led lighting ideas for home and you can find more led projects photos here.And if you are a DIYer,our led strip light material is enough for your DIY led lighting projects.

projects lightstec led strip light

9.How to install a led strip light?

  1. DC12V/24V led strip light

First , connect the strip light positive and negative anodes to the power driver right anodes.

Then connect the power driver to AC110V OR AC220V.

If wrong connect, the led strip light will not lighting.


2. AC110V/220V led strip light

Connect the strip light to power cord, then connect the power cord to AC110V/220V.


Indoor install

When install led strip light indoor, because of not raining , not shining, so it will easy install.

Lightstec  low voltage strip light have 3M tape.

You only need to tear the tape and stick the led strip light where you want to install.

Outdoor install

Because of raining and sunshine, the strip light need waterproof.

Normally the outside cover a silicon tube to protect the strip light.

And when install, use clips to fix it strong.


When you need dimming or color change, you need a led controller.

You can use dimmer, rgb remove controller, rgbw controller, DMX512 controller, dali controller, 0/1-10v controller.


Normally, the DC12V led strip light, we suggest use 5meter roll. And DC24V led strip light, can use 10meter.

Power supplier in one end. 110v/220v led strip light can use 50meter by one power card .

If use the strip light longer than this length, the brightness in the end will drop compare with the beginning .

Now lightstec have new technology for longer use led strip light.

We use IC to control the current.

This technology can improve the strip light to15-20meter use driver by one end.

Of course this price will higher than the normal led strip light.

10.How to know the led strip light is good quality ?

There are many led factory are making led strip light. They use the material is from low level to high level. We can check from several ways.

1. Check in test lab . We can check the chips, pcb material, brightness, color temperature, CRI. That is a professional way .

2. Check the led strip light surface.

We can check the soldering point. If the surface not clear, the led are not soldering in the right place.

The surface is dirty. That is not a good led strip light. Good led strip light, surface is clear, and the led are soldering in the right place.                 

3.Check the PCB

Normally, the led strip light PCB have 2 kinds technology .

Rolled copper, place  polygon plane. And they also have single side pcb design and double side design.

And the thickness have 1oz, 1.5oz, 2oz.  

Normally the good led strip light use Rolled copper +double side pcb design +2OZ.

The is good for heat dissipation and less voltage drop.

4.Check the package

We can check the package if the reel is recycle used or new. The recycle used may broken and dirty.

5.Check the label

Check the label if the detail enough, led type, led qty in one meter, voltage, wattage, ip rate.

11.Repair notice:


The led chips is easy broken because of static electricity.

So when we produce the led strip light and install the led strip light, we have better wear the anti-ESD ring before handing .

2.Short circuit

When you repair the led strip light, you need to use a AVO meter to check if the led strip light is in short circuit.

Short circuit is easy damage the whole strip light .


12.Check why not lighting

1.Check the surface if the led is broken when not protect in transportation

2.Led not soldering very well or the pcb not soldering well.

3.The led is go wrong because of the anti-static.

4.The pcb quality is not good, easy broken.

5.The led is broker because of bending.


You can check our other post when you have some question during using led strip light:


FAQ of Led Strip Light


Lightstec is a quality Led strip light manufacturer in China .We welcome client all over the world. Contact with us if you need any help: [email protected]


Ultimate Design Guide For Led Strip Light Ideas

Manager Director-Jerry

About Author
Founder of Lightstec.Engineering degree.More than 13 years working experience in led lighting business.Familiar with producing led lighting products.This blog share you knowledge and solution in led lighting.Welcome sourcing led lights from China.

19 thoughts on “12 Tips to use led strip light”

  1. Dear Lightstec, hello are Gabrie are from Italian
    We would like to buy directly from the manufacturer.
    We are interested in strip led CRI 90 9lm / le 17 or 15w / m
    2700 / 2900K dc 24V
    168led / m approx
    do you have a product with these features?
    You can make us an offer of 500 meters.
    Waiting for your response.

  2. Our company have more than 7 years’ experience in making LED strips.
    We have diversity kinds of strips with different LED chips 3528/5050/2835/5630/3014/335.
    We can also do the high voltage 110V/220V strips that can directly used and low voltage strips 12V/24V that is safety for use.

  3. Thanks to send me your best price and delivery time for

    5050 Silicone Sleeved
    IP67 , 300LED / 5Meter , DC:24V , Power:14.4/m
    Silicone high quality for temperature and UV protection
    White led Color & 60 leds / meters
    Flux:: 1200Lm / meter
    Temperature : -20 + 60°c
    White led angle : 120°

    White board & 3M sticker at backside
    Clipper included
    Important : Packing must be by 5.5Meter / roll So 330 led/ 5.5 Meter

    Quantity : Market is 30 km / year for 2012 and shipment is around 2 or 3 km

    Thanks to update your offer and send me price for 5.5meter /roll

    Franck JOURJON

  4. Please send me your best price for 3528 strip light /blue/warm/white/yellow/RGB/Red/green/white/waterproof 1210(3528) SMD LED flexible strip with IC, 120 LEDs/MRegards,

  5. Please send mee your price list of product : flexibile led strip – 5050 120 led / m 24 V
    Flexibile led strip – 5050 144 led / m 24 V

    Thank you !

    Best regards, heavy nice day !

  6. This is soheil hadji from decolight company, Iran,
    I have visited your web site and I am interested in your Flexible Strip light product(3528’5050)
    You are kindly request to let me have your valuable price list for thisproducts,
    If you have smd5050 with IC, please let me know its prices to,
    Thank you so much indeedand i will remain

  7. I need to have a quotation for a flexible strip led with 5050 smd led , cool white about 6000°K, and warm white about 3000°K, strip width 8mm, 60 led/m, voltage 24 Vdc, pcb color white (the same that i used in Promotech), and for another led strip with 3528 smd led, color temperatur blu, strip width 8mm, 60 led/m, voltage 24 Vdc, pcb color white, (the same that i used in Promotech), and the quotation for the rgb version, 60 led/m, strip width 8mm, voltage 24 Vdc, pcb in white color.
    I need also the price for the touch rgb controller.
    Thank you in advance and i waiting your answer.

  8. Hi Jerry,
    This blog is really interesting. The applications of LED strips are on the rise these days as everyone is more concerned with home decors and other business purposes. Here also we have many LED strip suppliers in Saudi who offer reliable and durable LED light strips. Thank you for giving an overview on LED strips, especially for mentioning how to check whether the LED strips are of good quality.
    Keep writing!
    Expecting similar articles in the future too.


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