LED strip lights are possibly the most versatile option for any lighting plan, whether it's for your home, office, or commercial property. Also known as LED tape or LED ribbon lighting, they can add a touch of contemporary drama and style to any room.
LED strip lights are widely popular when used for under cabinet lighting in a modern homes kitchen, as it is for shelf lighting and backlighting bathroom mirrors. Whatever your imagination and lighting plan requires, you can find a suitable LED strip to bring it to life.
Can you cut LED strip lights?
Yes. LED strip lights are available in a range of sizes, with lengths ranging from 1m to 10m. However, if you want to cut LED strip lights to size, you can. The best way to do this is to choose strip lights that have designated cutting points marked on the circuit board. This ensures you can cut them easily, without causing damage to the circuitry or the lights themselves.
How to connect LED strip lights?
To get started, simply measure the intended installation area and choose the LED strip lights that best suit your needs. From natural, warm and cool lighting to dimmable strip lights and colour-changing bulbs, there are a variety of options to choose from.
Then, decide how you’re going to power your LED strip lights. You can wire them into the mains, add a plug to the light or use a battery pack. However, if you’re going to use your household power supply, you’ll need to use an LED driver too, as this ensures an appropriate amount of power reaches the strip lights.
When you’re ready to install your lights, simply peel off the cover that protects the double-sided adhesive and affix the lights. You might want to mark this on the surface beforehand or use a spirit level to help you!
Remember – it’s easy to connect more than one strip light, so you can use LED lighting to illuminate an area of any size. With connecting clips or a soldering iron, you can join two or more LED strip lights and create bespoke lighting that complements any room.
What Are LED Strip Lights?
LED strip lights are a flexible circuit board that resembles a length of tape or ribbon and is embedded with LEDs (light-emitting diodes) on one side. The narrow strip is backed by double-sided adhesive allowing it to be attached to almost any surface for powerful, colourful, and creative lighting.
Available in different lengths, ranging from 1m to 10m, they are suitable for a wide range of installation scenarios. If your lighting plan requires a longer length, you can also use multiple ones to create the effect you need.
Commonly, you will find that they are installed inside aluminium profile, doing so hides the strip from view and also protects it from fingers, dust and moisture.
How to install LED strip lights on ceiling?
LED lights can look stunning when they’re installed on a ceiling, particularly if you want to use them to create a dramatic effect in a room. Fortunately, their easy-to-install design means that you can affix LED strip lights to ceilings quickly and you won’t need professional help to do so.
Before you begin, experiment with the lights and decide where you want to place them to get the best effect. A recessed ceiling may have an in-built cornice that enables you to hide LED lighting easily. Alternatively, you can place LED strip lights directly on the ceiling or on the walls surrounding the ceiling, depending on what type of lighting effect you want to create.
Then, you simply need to measure the amount of lighting you’ll need and cut the strip lights to size (if necessary). Once your lights are ready to install, you can simply use the double-sided adhesive to affix them securely in place.
Remember – the starting point of your LED strip lights should be nearest to the intended power supply as this will minimise the appearance of wires. If you want to ensure wires remain out of sight, you install coving or moulding to keep them hidden or use a handy cable concealer cover.
How Do LED Strip Lights Work?
Sometimes referred to as LED tape or ribbing lighting, LED strip lights are designed for maximum versatility. While they look like a simple piece of tape or ribbon, they’re actually a flexible circuit board that has LED lights embedded on one side.
On one side of the strip lights, there is a powerful double-sided adhesive that enables you to affix the strip lights virtually anywhere. From walls and ceilings to shelves and cabinets, LED strip lights can be used to illuminate any area.
Typically, LED strip lights require 12v or 24v DC of power. As most properties in the UK operate with 240v AC power, you’ll need an LED driver to convert this high-powered AC voltage to lower voltage DC. Simply incorporate the driver into your setup by wiring it in to the mains or adding a plug and plugging your LED strip lights into a socket. Alternatively, choose an LED driver that features a built-in plug and outputs and to minimise the workload.
What Are the Colour Options for LED Strip Lights?
Colour temperature is used to describe how warm or cool a light appears and is measured in degrees-Kelvin. Lower temperatures, around 2700k are described as a "warm white" and will give off a yellowish-red LED light. Higher colour temperatures will be around 4000k, a "neutral white" and will look slightly more blue-ish.
We provide 24V and 12V LED strips in a variety of colours, including natural white, cool white, and warm white. There is no rule as to which tone is best, as it depends on the mood and overall ambience you wish to create.
Why stop at warm and cool light when you can also find a LED tape in multiple colours? With our range of coloured LED strips, you can add even more drama and effect to your interiors. Choose from amber, blue, green, and red, but if you can't decide, you can also find colour-changing LED strip lighting.
Remote Control and Dimmers
Our 24 and 12V products can be fully controlled using our range of remote control and wall dimmers. Alternatively, you can also use your smartphone to control your LED lighting with the help of one of our LED controllers. To use this function, all you have to do is download our Lighteez app from either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, and you'll have complete control over your property LED strip lighting.
LED Strip Lights for the Kitchen Illumination
One of the most popular domestic environments for installing strips is in the kitchen. You can easily use 12V LED strip lights to illuminate those awkward corners of your kitchen, living, and working space. You can use them anywhere you like, from shelves through under cabinet lighting to countertops and kitchen islands. With LED strip lighting, your kitchen will be more functional and chic.
How to join LED strip lights?
If you want to use LED strip lights to cover a larger area, you can connect more than one strip light together. This gives you the opportunity to create a custom lighting effect that looks spectacular in larger rooms.
There are a variety of ways to join LED strip lights, so it’s easy to find a method that’s best for you. Adding a connecting clip to the end of a strip light makes it easy to connect it to another ribbon light, for example.
Sometimes known as ‘fast connectors’, these are easily applied by hand and will connect LED strip lights in seconds.
Alternatively, you can use a soldering iron to permanently affix two more strip lights to one another. If you’re using an aluminium profile to house your LED lights, for example, there may not be enough room to use a fast connector clip. By using a soldering iron, however, you can ensure that the strip lights are safely joined together and work as one unit.
If you’re going to join LED strip lights, be sure to factor this in when you’re choosing which LED driver to use. The more strip lights that are connected, the more power they will require. Before you get started, make sure that the LED driver you’ll be using is capable of powering multiple strip lights.