Lepro RGB LED strip lights, ribbons or tapes have become one of the most democratic LED products in stock on the market. They did not only renew incandescent ribbons, but fluorescent tubes as well, and definitely gave infinite options for advertisements and decoration of bars, hotels, and other public places. With the rapid development of the LED technology, they are available in bright versions. It also permits users to apply it as a task or even as a main source of lighting in extraordinary cases. Their application is democratic, both in-home and commercial use. Therefore we gathered the main characteristics of strip lights consumers need to consider if they want to make a perfect choice.
Following features may help us decide what we have to apply.
– Size of LED included
– Type of LED
– Number of LED
– Colors or colour temperature of the LED
– Flexibility of the strip
– Direction of LED on the strip
– Carrying capacity – heavy duty
– IP rating
– Dimmers and controllers
All the factors mentioned above, the very important is probably the type and size of the LED included, both of which regulate its brightness or performance, how the performance of various LED technologies (low power, and high power) ranges, and the size of the diodes. Apparently, the LED’s latest technology is, and the bigger its size is, the brighter it will be.
Number of LEDs
Another important determining factor of the performance is the number of LEDs in the strip within a metre. The higher this number is, the brighter the strip is, though super high numbers within a metre often ask special technologies, like double-width strips – where the LED are placed not just one after the other but in 2 or 3 rows next to each other. With strips including a high number of LED always check their structure, because LEDs placed too close to each other may release too much heat and reduce the strip’s life-time.
The color range of the LED lights is now infinite since any color can be created with the RGB technique. There are basically 2 or 3 shades of white available: bright or bluish, genuinely bright version of white, the warm white – which is yellowish like the sun, and the natural white – which is a combination of the 2 in different degrees. The white colour temperature is calculated in Kelvin, and the higher colour temperatures (from 5000 K) are the cold, or bluish whites and the lower ones (2700k to 3000 K) are the warmer white colors.
Individual colour LEDs are available in almost all colors now, but the RGB LED strips can also emit a huge mixture of colors. RGB strips need a person to operate and decide whether the colour of the strip should be one invariant color or change along with setting the rate of change. Particular pixel RGB strips are capable of changing the colour in a row, creating a run-down effect. The mixture of colour changes of the RGB strip mostly relies on the knowledge of the controller too.
The flexibility of the LED strips can be a determining component in their application. Fixed strips are right for replacing fluorescent tubes for example, though there is scarcely anything you would not be able to do with a flexible strip either. On flat surfaces it is sometimes easier to work with strict strips, though applied on roof or walls – I suppose many of you have come across this problem before – what look to be flat for the eye is distant from straight once examined with a spirit level. So, flexibility is more often a grace than a load.
Strips are normally flexible to 1 dimension only, which is precisely the LEDs’ direction can be significant. The common form of strips has LEDs lighting upwards.
The carrying capacity of strips is mostly deficient. Heavy-duty strip lights are not normally sold for home use, but commercial use on ships and factories. In-home use, where carrying capacity matters – on a border of a stair, for example – the usage of profiles is the popular solution.
The IP rating of strips goods is made up of 2 numbers, indicating the degree of protection provided against solid objects’ entrance (including body parts like hands), dust, and water in electrical enclosures.
If you are thinking of installing strip lights at wet places, outdoors, or maybe even underwater, then your items are essential to be completely waterproof. 100 per cent waterproof items have an IP rating of 68.
The Voltage of LED strip lights should always be tested before application. Strips moving at mains are often used, but most LED strips ask a transformer since they run at very low voltage (normally 12 or 24 V). If your strips demand a transformer, make sure it is right for LEDs because electric transformers destroy LEDs most of the time.