LED strips are a popular and widely used lighting solution in the home and commercial properties. They look great and they are functional but depending on their placement they can be prone to damage from other objects, people, or simple dust or water. With an aluminium profile, you can have greater freedom to place your LED lights wherever you please and protect them to ensure long-lasting strip lighting for your property.
What is an Aluminium Profile?
An aluminium profile is also known as an LED profile or LED extrusion. They act as channels or guides or protective housing for LED light strips. They protect the strip right from the electrical source and all along the area of application. They allow you to add lighting to areas you wouldn’t normally think you could, giving you more creative freedom and design flexibility in your lighting projects.
The Advantages of Using an aluminium Profile
Using an aluminium profile helps to protect the LED tape from many external factors such as environmental issues such as heat, humidity, dirt, and water. The extrusions come with a display cover to provide extra protection for your LED lights while at the same time giving you a sleek finish.
Depending on the LED profile you choose, you can create different lighting effects. For example, you can choose a clear extrusion surface for a more luminous light or go for a frosted surface for a softer glow. Whatever mood you wish to create in your interior, you can find the right LED profile to help you achieve your design goals.
When used correctly or left undamaged, LED bulbs have one of the longest lifespans of all modern lightbulbs. Using an LED profile helps ensure they fulfil their longevity by protecting them from external debris, knocks and bumps, or water and dust particles which may interfere with their performance.
Choosing the Right LED Profile for Your Lighting Project
When you have chosen the light strip you want to use, then you can begin to consider the type of aluminium profile to house the lighting strip. First of all, you should consider if you want diffused lighting or luminous lighting, as this will affect the type of aluminium profile you need and how you are going to mount them.
Different Styles and Finishes
With our wide selection of LED profiles, choosing the right extrusion is easy. You can easily browse through a variety of styles, designs and finishes suitable for any lighting project. No matter where you wish to install your lights, whatever their function, or the effect you want to create we have aluminium profiles to suit.
You can choose from LED profiles with semi-transparent coverings, finishings in aluminium, chrome, frosted glass or white and select from a variety of lengths, shapes and depths. We also have aluminium profiles which can be installed as surface-mounted extrusions or recessed (built into the ceiling) for a more minimalist design. If you’re not sure what the best options are for your project, you can always get in touch with our lighting team for advice.
Bendable or Straight Aluminium Profile
You can find an LED profile which is just a straight length, or if you need more flexibility, then you can select from our range of bendable profiles. The bendable profiles are particularly useful when LEDs have to be installed along curved edges or structures such as pillars, rounded ceilings or oval shaped furniture. If you are installing lighting in more regular areas, then the straight aluminium profiles will do the trick.
Zoom LED Profile
A zoom extrusion is a specially designed aluminium profile that aims to magnify the LEDs and increase the beam angle. If you want to maximise the light from your LED strips, then this would be best option as they help to distribute the light emitted over a larger area. The LED aluminium profile models include a cover made of synthetic resin called PMMA, that disperses the beam effectively.
Arched Aluminium Profile
If you need a more consistent light, then the arched LED profiles are the ideal choice. These have a frosted polycarbonate diffuser that hides individual lights while giving the appearance of a single source of light along the entire LED extrusion. This gives it a similar lighting effect as fluorescent tubes but with better output, energy efficiency, and lower cost.
Edge LED Profile
While you can find an LED profile which supports a single LED strip, edge profiles can be fitted with multiple strips of LEDs. It has longer cover that can emit light from the front as well as along the side edges. If you need more light in the room, then the edge aluminium profile will be the perfect choice.
Recessed vs Surface Mounted LED Profile
You can choose an aluminium profile that can be mounted directly onto the chosen surface while others are recessed, which means that are built into the ceiling or wall. Surface mounted aluminium profiles are easier to install as they are attached using the self-adhesive tape. Recessed LED profiles require some modifications to the surface, for example, you may need to drill into the wall or ceiling to attach mounting clips for the casing.
Only Extrusion vs Integrated LEDs
You can choose to buy an integrated aluminium profile which is pre-fitted with the LEDs or you can purchase the extrusion on its own and choose your own LED strips separately. It’s entirely up to you and dependent on your lighting needs.
Interested in learning more about LED profiles?
If you are looking for the best option to protect your LED strips and maximise your illumination, then feel free to contact us today to discuss your aluminium profile options. Our friendly team of lighting experts are ready to listen to your needs and help you select the right LED solution for your specific property and project.