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How to choose a LED strip light

In our communication with many customers, we found that many customers do not know what led strip lights they need. Here is a brief analysis for you from several aspects:


1. Voltage selection:

For led strip lights, it is usually divided into high-voltage 110v/220v and low-voltage 5v/12v/24v. First, you need to determine whether you need low-voltage or high-voltage. Low-voltage led strip light need to be used with a power supply.

2. color selection:

Led strip light has many kinds of color temperature, single color, double color /RGB /RGBW /RGBCCT etc., according to your needs, determine the color of the led strip light

Single color is usually used for lighting, and colored ones are mostly used for decoration. The colored led strip light needs to be equipped with a controller to realize its function.

3. waterproof level selection:


Choose the appropriate waterproof level according to the installation position of the led light strip. For example, use in a humid environment requires a minimum ip65 waterproof. For outdoor use, at least ip67 waterproof is required.

4. Length selection

According to the specific project, measure the total length required of the led strip light, as well as the length of a single strip. Some LED strips can also be cut to custom lengths.

5. Brightness selection

The brightness of LED strips is usually measured in lumens. The higher the lumen, the brighter it is.

6. Budget

This is also a very important point. The price of led strip light in the market varies greatly, and the performance of the products used for different prices is also different. So please determine your budget and choose the led strip light that suits you according to the above aspects

7. solder joints

Generally, LED light strips produced by regular manufacturers use SMT chip technology, using solder paste and reflow soldering technology. Therefore, the solder joints of LED light strips are very smooth, the amount of solder is very small, and the solder joints are arc-shaped. The solder joints of inferior LED light strips are uneven, with many layers of dots covering the solder feet, which affects the aesthetics.

8. FPC quality

FPC has two types: copper-clad and rolled copper. The copper foil of copper-clad board is convex outward. The rolled copper is connected to the FPC and can be bent at will without the pad falling off. If you bend the copper plate, the pads will fall off.

9. Check the cleanliness of the surface of the LED strip

The SMT process light strips are very easy to clean, with almost no impurities and stains visible on the surface. If you hand-weld the light strip, no matter how you wash the surface, some stains and cleaning marks will remain.

10. packaging

Regular manufacturers' light strips are packed in anti-static reels, usually in rolls of five meters or ten meters, and sealed in anti-static and moisture-proof packaging bags. In order to save costs, low-quality light strips use packaging bags that do not have anti-static or moisture-proof packaging, so the quality is not guaranteed.

11. labels

The light strips, packaging bags and reels produced by regular manufacturers have printed labels, but they are not printed labels. Inferior light strip labels are printed and have different parameters.

How to make the right choice when faced with so many different types of light strips? Each type of light strip has different uses. How to choose the most cost-effective one? If you want to find the most practical light strip

The light strips commonly used in home decoration now can be divided into the following categories according to different uses:

1. Decorative light strip:

Decorative light strips are used for home decoration and are often used on TV background walls, ceilings, furniture, etc. to create a warm and romantic atmosphere through soft light. Common materials include soft plastic, silicone and gold-plated copper wire.


1.Soft plastic light strip:

The light strips made of this material have soft and even lighting, which can create a warm atmosphere in the home. It is often used to decorate TV background walls and make the TV screen more prominent through the backlight effect.

They can be freely bent and attached to the surface of objects, making them very suitable for use in narrow spaces or curved shapes. They are widely used in decorating rooms and extending lines.


2. Silicone light strip:

The light of silicone light strips is bright and even, suitable for areas that need to provide better lighting effects. In the kitchen, silicone light strips are installed under cabinets or around the ceiling to provide bright task lighting and make cooking more convenient. In the bathroom, light strips installed around the mirror can provide soft background lighting, increase comfort and make it easier to put on makeup or wash up.

It has good softness and high temperature resistance, making it ideal for use in small spaces or places that are often exposed to high temperature environments. It can provide bright lighting effects and can also be used for decorative purposes.


3. Gold-plated copper wire light strip:

The light from gold-plated copper wire strips is usually warm and gorgeous, used to highlight decorative details and create a luxurious atmosphere. It can be applied to the decorative edges of furniture to add a sense of magnificence to the furniture through soft golden light. In addition, gold-plated copper wire light strips are often used above hanging decorations to intensively illuminate these decorations and make them more eye-catching.

This kind of light strip is made of gold-plated copper wire, has high brightness and good electrical conductivity, and is suitable for places that require high-brightness lighting.

4. Digital light strip:

Digital light strips are light strips that can change colors and are often used to create different atmospheres and special scenes, such as home theaters, children's rooms, etc. Common materials include silicone, plastic and gold wire.

5. Smart light strip:

Smart light strips are light strips that can be controlled through a mobile phone or remote control and are often used to increase the smart experience and convenience at home. Common materials include silicone, plastic and gold wire.

smart led strip

The lights of the plastic smart light strips can also be controlled remotely through the mobile phone APP or remote control. By adjusting the brightness, color and light mode, smart light strips can provide lighting effects suitable for different needs.

What color is the best light strip? How to choose a light strip?

Nowadays,LED light strips are very popular because they are rich in color and have strong decorative effects, and can meet the needs of different places, so they have become a product favored by consumers. So, let‘ s take a look at what colors are good for light strips and how to choose them.

1. What color is good for light strips?

1. What color is good for the light strip? When choosing the color of the light strip, you can choose the appropriate color according to your preferences and decoration style. Ceilings are generally white and light-colored. Depending on the use of the room, yellow or blue light strips are generally chosen in the living room, because yellow light gives people a warm and comfortable feeling, especially in the cold winter. Blue gives people a sense of higher and deeper.

2. If you like a more festive color, you can choose red. If you choose a red and blue two-color light strip and match it with a controller, it will give people a particularly romantic feeling. The restaurant is more suitable for yellow light strips; the children's room is suitable for yellow and colored light strips; it is better to have one color light strip for each room, otherwise it will feel very dazzling.

How to solve the problem of LED light strip flickering

1. Replace the power adapter: If the power adapter has insufficient power or poor quality, it may cause the LED strip to flash frequently. An appropriate power adapter should be selected or replaced with a high-quality adapter.

2. Install capacitors: Installing capacitors on the power lines of LED light strips can reduce voltage fluctuations and thereby reduce stroboscopic phenomena. It is generally recommended to install a 1000UF capacitor.

3. Replace the LED light strip controller: If the controller is of poor quality or does not match, it should be replaced in time and ensure that the new controller matches the specifications of the light strip.

4. Check the light strip connection problem: poor contact or unstable connection of the light strip may also cause flickering. The wiring should be checked for tightness and reconnected.

5. Adjust the drive circuit parameters: The drive circuit is responsible for controlling the brightness and flashing of the LED strip. By adjusting parameters in the drive circuit, such as brightness, contrast, frequency, etc., the possibility of stroboscopic occurrence can be reduced.

6. Replace the LED light strip: If the LED light strip itself has quality problems, it may be necessary to replace it with a new one. Note that the new light strip should be the same as the original product.

7. Adjust the parameters of the playback software: If there is a problem with the playback software, you can try to adjust its parameters to reduce the possibility of stroboscopic occurrence.

8. Adjust light control parameters: Some LED light strips allow users to adjust light control parameters such as brightness, contrast and frequency. It may be helpful to know exactly how to adjust the light control parameters.

9. Replace the ballast or driving power supply: If the LED light flashes frequently, it may be that the ballast or driving power supply used is of poor quality, and a suitable ballast or driving power supply should be replaced.

Installation method

1. Indoor installation: LED light strips are used for indoor decoration. Since they do not have to withstand wind and rain, the installation is very simple. Take the LED light strips produced by LEDODM Lighting as an example. Each LED light strip has self-adhesive 3M double-sided tape on the back. During installation, you can directly peel off the sticker on the surface of the 3M double-sided tape, and then fix the light strip where needed. Where to install, just press it flat with your hands. If some places require corners or a long range, you only need to connect the LED strips in series and parallel in a group of 3 LEDs, because every 3 LEDs can be cut off and used individually.

2. Outdoor installation: Outdoor installation will be exposed to wind and rain. If 3M glue is used to fix it, the 3M glue will reduce its adhesion over time and cause the LED light strip to fall off. Therefore, outdoor installation often uses card slots to fix it and requires cutting. The cutting and connection methods are the same as indoor installation, except that additional waterproof glue is required to consolidate the waterproof effect of the connection points.

3. Power connection method: The general voltage of LED light strips is DC 12V, so a switching power supply is required. The size of the power supply is determined according to the power and connection length of the LED light strips. If you do not want each LED light strip to be controlled by a power supply, you can purchase a relatively high-power switching power supply as the main power supply, and then connect all the input power supplies of all LED light strips in parallel (the wire size is not enough, you can extend it separately) to unify Powered by main switching power supply. The advantage of this is that it can be controlled centrally. In addition to the inconvenience, it cannot realize the lighting effect and switch control of a single LED light strip. The specific method to be used can be measured by yourself.

4. Controller connection method: Addressable LED strips and RGB full-color strips require a controller to achieve changing effects, and the control distance of each controller is different. Generally speaking, the control distance of a simple controller is 10~15 meters, the control distance of a remote controller is 15~20 meters, and the longest distance can be controlled to 30 meters. If the connection distance of the LED light strip is long and the controller cannot control such a long light strip, then a power amplifier is needed for tapping.

5. Pay attention to the connection distance of LED light strips: Generally speaking, the longest connection distance of 3528 series LED light strips is 20 meters, and the longest connection distance of 5050 series LED light strips is 15 meters. If this connection distance is exceeded, the LED light strip will easily generate heat, which will affect the service life of the LED light strip during use. Therefore, installation must be carried out in accordance with the manufacturer's requirements, and LED light strips must not be operated under load.

The above are only some aspects that need to be considered when choosing a led strip light. Of course, there are more details need to consider. If you want to know more, please feel free to contact us.

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