In this beginner’s guide to LED tape, we’ll show you how to get the most out of this sticky light sensation.
Whether LED tape is used on the underside of a kitchen cupboard or the inside of a display cabinet, it’s one of the most flexible, versatile and energy-efficient forms of lighting around.
What is LED tape?
LED tape, sometimes incorrectly known as LED strip light, is a long, flexible strip of circuit board containing a row of LEDs. It’s extremely flat and discreet, making it one of the most versatile forms of lighting currently available.
Why we love it
As well as being completely cost-efficient, LED lighting can also be cut to length – so there’s absolutely zero wastage.
What’s more, the bulbs in LED tape generally last longer than the average fluorescent or incandescent bulb. And because they generate less heat, they use less energy whilst producing a clearer, brighter colour.
Some LED tapes can also be operated by a touchscreen remote control, or via a wall-mounted control unit, meaning you can change the colour to suit your mood at the touch of a button.
Where can you use it?
LED tape is great for creating ambient lighting in most rooms, and its versatility means you can really get creative with light.
Pop a strip under your kitchen cupboards for a warm, natural glow; create a cool ambient backlight for your plasma screen TV; or lead the way by lighting up your staircase. The possibilities are endless.
And remember, if you’re using LED tape outdoors, perhaps for decking or a patio area, you’ll need a waterproof LED tape kit.
How do you install LED tape?
The great thing about LED tape is, it’s incredibly easy to install. Each LED strip has a self-adhesive backing – just peel and place on a clean, flat surface. It’s that simple!
For each individual section of tape, you’ll need an LED driver or transformer, along with an input lead to connect them all together. However, for complete convenience, you can purchase pre-made LED tape kits.
Help is at hand
Hopefully that covers the basics of LED tape. However, if you need any more help or advice, the experts at Simple Lighting are always on hand. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org