LED tape is a thin, flexible circuit board populated with small, single LEDs. It is straightforward to use and simple to install thanks to the 3M branded self-adhesive on the back. It can add powerful, modern task or ambient lighting to any part of your home or commercial premises.
We cut our LED tape to your exact length requirements and solder wires onto the end of the strip, for free, to make sure that you never have to buy more than you need. So, feel free to take advantage of this service!
LED tape can seem complicated, to begin with, so please feel free to call or email us if you need any guidance or help with selecting the right product for you.
LED strips are available in a wide variety of colours and brightnesses, including RGB colour changing! For this reason, lots of people are considering this form of lighting for their homes and businesses. IP65 rated LED Tape is ideal for bathrooms and outdoor areas as it is water-resistant whereas standard LED tape is great for cabinets and shelving lights due to how thin and easy to conceal it is. The possibilities are endless with LED strip, from under-cupboard kitchen lighting to outdoor accents, bar and restaurant lighting, storefront displays, stage design, signages and more…
How do you make LED tape work?
Making your LED tape work is very easy. A lot of people use it in DIY projects. You should, of course, consult an electrician if you’re going to be mains powering your LED tape.
Firstly, choose your LED tape colour or colours and decide on where you are going to install it & measure the area to determine the length of strip you will need. Now, think about how you’re going to power it - will it be wired into a light switch or are you going to pop a plug onto the end and plug it into a spare plug socket? Are you going to want to dim your tape or control your LED strip with a remote control or wall controller? Lastly you will need to work out what LED driver you will need to power your LED tape - there is more info on this on individual product pages. Once you have a plan, everything else comes easy.
Your LED tape will arrive ready for installation, simply remove the adhesive and stick it to your desired area. Connect the LED driver & connect it to the power source, and that's it!
What is the difference between a Rope Light and LED Tape?
Rope light is a versatile tool used in many lighting applications (often as Christmas lighting). It consists of a string of incandescent or LED bulbs encased in a flexible tube. Rope light is available in a single colour or multi-colours. LED tape has a very thin, flat appearance and is easy to conceal. The strip has an adhesive backing that you can peel off and stick anywhere you want. It also comes in solid colours or colour-changing RGB.
Is LED strip lighting expensive?
The cost of strip lights varies depending on the length of the tape, LED colour and other factors such as if the strip is waterproof. On our website the advertised prices for LED tape are per metre, unless stated otherwise. You can sometimes save money by buying your LED tape as a kit that comes complete with everything you need. LED tape is very cheap to run with standard tape often consuming 5w or less per metre.
Can you leave LED strip lights on all night?
Technically, you can leave them on all night and even for a longer time. The average-hours lifetime of LEDs are a lot longer than older style lights, they consume much less power and so will also cost a lot less to run. They are a great option for ambient night lighting so that you can safely walk between rooms that would usually be in darkness. This is particularly beneficial for children.
Does LED tape get hot?
It doesn’t get hot in the way that normal light bulbs do. You may notice that the LEDs feel a little warm if you touch the strip, that is normal. LEDs will get warm but should not be hot enough to burn you.