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RGBIC LED Light strips have been widely used in buildings, bridges, roads, gardens, courtyards, floors, ceilings, furniture, cars, ponds, underwater, advertising, signs, signs and other fields for decoration or lighting, for various festival activities, It adds endless joy and festive atmosphere, and is widely used in building outlines, bridges, guardrails, hotels, forest gardens, dance halls, advertising decoration places, etc.

However, understanding how advanced technology can provide you with higher quality lighting can help you make your purchasing decision. In this article, we take a look at RGBIC lights and how they stack up compared to traditional RGB.Let's Get started!


What Is RGBIC?

"RGBIC" refers to LED light strips with RGBIC technology. This is an advanced LED lighting technology that combines RGB (red, green, blue) color and IC (integrated circuit) control. RGBIC light strips allow users to more finely control the color and brightness of each LED to create richer, more dynamic lighting effects.

Traditional RGB LED light strips can usually only change color as a whole, while RGBIC light strips integrate independent control circuits on each LED so that each LED can independently adjust color and brightness. This allows the light strip to present more complex and smooth color changes, such as running water horse racing effects, gradient breathing effects, etc.

RGBIC light strips can usually be adjusted through remote controls, smartphone apps or other control devices. Users can customize the lighting effects as needed to adapt to different scenes and atmospheres, such as home decoration, commercial lighting, stage performances, etc.


RGB color model

The independent circuit part of RGBIC refers to how this type of LED light has a built-in chip that can be used to create a variety of different lighting effects. In fact, RGBIC light strips typically have several built-in chips on a strip, which allow for finer control of the LEDs. These intelligent circuits divide the strips into various segments, with each one having some LED lights and an IC that controls them.

Why are RGBIC light strips also called magic light strips?

In addition to the name rgbic light strip, the light strip with ic control is also called a magic light strip. The reason is that this light strip has many color changes, so it is also called a magic light strip. A product has multiple names.


What is LED light strip?

LED (Light Emitting Diode, referred to as LED, the Chinese name is light-emitting diode strip) refers to the assembly of LED on a strip-shaped FPC (flexible circuit board) or PCB hard board. It is named because the product is shaped like a strip. LED lights Strips can be divided into LED hard light strips and flexible LED light strips. Because the noun is too long, it is simplified into light strips. Light strips are the abbreviation of LED light strips.

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What is RGB light strip?

RGB light strip means that each LED on the LED light strip is composed of three chips: red, green, and blue. They can emit three monochromatic lights of red, green, and blue individually, or the three chips can emit light together. into white light. If a controller is added, the four colors of red, green, blue and white can be changed and flashed in sequence. RGB light strips include marquee light strips and RGB light strips, both of which require dimmer control. The difference It is a marquee light with an ic chip that controls the changes of the light strip. It can chase, open the screen, run water, and race, while RGB can only be gradient, breathing, and stroboscopic.

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The difference between LED strips and RGB strips

LED light strips include single light strips and RGB light strips.single light strips do not require dimming drivers, while RGB light strips require dimming drivers to control different light effects; simply speaking, LED is a light-emitting diode. RGB represents the color of light, and RGB light strips are one type of LED light strips.

RGBIC vs RGB: What Are the Differences?

One of the most common questions we receive from people who are checking out our RGBIC LED lighting strips is what the differences between RGBIC and RGB are. After all, almost everyone is familiar with traditional RGB lights. How do RGBIC lights compare?

One thing both types of lights have in common is that they can display red, green, blue, and any combination of these. Thus, both RGB and RGBIC can display over 16 million different colors. Thus, you get the same versatility of colors with both lighting options.

The major difference between the two is the presence of independent circuits that reside on RGBIC LED lighting strips. As discussed earlier, these independent circuits are created by built-in chips that are associated with several specific LEDs. Traditional RGB lights do not have these built-in chips. Thus, they must act like a single segment.


This reality means that you can do a lot more with RGBIC lights. It is possible to control the colors and effects of individual segments. This means that RGBIC LED strip lights allow you to create more fine-tuned, complex lighting patterns. By comparison, traditional RGB lights can only produce very basic color patterns. For example, you could display a rainbow effect, alternating color segments, or many other options. Thus, you are able to express a lot more creativity with the newer RGBIC technology.


Another difference in RGBIC and RGB lights is price. RGB LED lights have been popular for many years. Thus, they are a lot more common and can be purchased for a more affordable price. By contrast, RGBIC is a bit more expensive as the technology is newer and contains more functioning components (the built-in chips). These are the major differences when it comes to these two types of LED lights.

RGB and RGBIC (also known as magic light strips) are two very common decorative lighting strips, but many laypeople don’t know the difference.

RGB (red, green and blue) LED light strips:

Basic principle: RGB light strips include red, green and blue LED lamp beads. By adjusting the brightness and mixing of these three colors, a variety of colors can be created.

Control method: RGB light strips can adjust color and brightness through a controller or remote control. Typically, they offer a limited selection of colors and effects. Especially the effect is relatively fixed.

Application effects: RGB light strips can present static colors and simple color switching effects.

RGBIC (RGB + independent control IC) LED light strip:

Basic principle: RGBIC LED strips are similar to RGB, but each LED lamp bead has a built-in or external independent control chip (IC), allowing each LED to independently control color and brightness.

Control method: RGBIC light strips can usually control each LED more finely through a smartphone application or remote control, and write codes through a code writer, microcontroller, etc., to create complex color gradients and animation effects.

Application effects: RGBIC provides more color and effect options, such as running water, horse racing, flashing, breathing, etc., making it more creative and visually appealing.

RGBIC LED strips offer higher control flexibility and richer colors and animation effects, making them suitable for projects that require a high degree of personalization and visual effects. RGB LED light strips are more suitable for simple lighting needs.

Features RGB LED strip RGBIC LED light strip
Fundamental Use a mix of red, green and blue LEDs to create colors Use LED lamp beads with independent control chips (ICs) to create colors
control method Usually requires a controller or remote to adjust color and brightness Each LED can often be finely controlled via a smartphone app or remote control
control precision Limited color and effect options Greater control precision and more colors and animation effects
dynamic effect Usually able to render static colors and basic color switching effects Can achieve complex color gradients, running water, flashing, breathing and other animation effects
Applicability Suitable for simple lighting needs Ideal for projects that require a high degree of personalization and visual appeal
cost usually cheaper usually more expensive

Which Is Better, RGBIC or RGB?

Once people understand the differences between RGB and RGBIC LED lights, one of the next questions that tends to come up is which is better. If you are wondering whether RGBIC or RGB lighting strips are better, the answer largely depends on your specific needs. Here, we will take a look at why you may choose one over the other.

If you are hoping to do some basic lighting with one color, you can use both RGB and RGBIC lighting. However, if this is your only purpose for purchasing LED lights, you will probably be better off getting the traditional RGB type. This is because these will be a bit more inexpensive. However, if you think you may want to do more advanced lighting effects in the future, it may make sense to start by purchasing RGBIC LED lights rather than having to upgrade at a later date.


If you want to really set the mood for a room, you will probably want to opt for RGBIC lighting. This is due to the fact that you are able to program different color patterns into the lights, thanks to the presence of segments. This allows you to do much more with a simple strip of LED lights than you could ever do before.

Meanwhile, for those who want to use LED lights for parties or special events, RGBIC is by far the best option. It provides excellent abilities for customization, which can come in handy when throwing parties or planning different events. Create a memorable experience for guests through the use of RGBIC LED lights with built-in chips.

LED strips – IP ratings

IP – ‘Ingress Protection’ – is an industry-standard rating that determines an LED strip’s level of waterproofing and resistance to dust and small objects. 

IP33– Standard LED strip, no waterproofing. For indoor use in dry dust-free areas such as bedrooms and living rooms, ceiling coving, display cabinets, and wall colour-washes.

IP65 – Coated LED strip. This strip has a heatshrink coating. (Superior to some alternative resin coverings, it won’t discolour over time or go brittle in low temperatures.)

IP67– Water resistant LED strip. These strips are protected with heatshrink (like our IP65 strips), with the addition of fully glue-sealed ends. Though waterproof, they should not be fitted in a submerged location (not in a pond, for example). Indoors, IP67 strips are a good choice for bathrooms or kitchens, close to showers, sinks, and other splash-prone locations. Outdoor applications include paths, driveways and walls.

Advantages of LED light strips

LED light strips come in many colors: they not only come in white with different LED color temperatures, but also in various other colors. LEDs can imitate various colors of nature through different lighting conditions, and the colors are bright and lifelike.

LED lamps come with various protections: They use all components from world-renowned manufacturers and undergo various protections such as current, overvoltage, short-circuit fault, lead-out, anti-shock and anti-surge protectors, etc., and the function is more stable.

The LED light strip has a high color rendering index: the LED color rendering index reaches above 85, and the colors of the illuminated objects are vivid.

LED light strips are durable: Because LEDs are encapsulated with epoxy glue or heat-resistant silicone rubber, they are very soft and are not afraid of being thrown or pinched, so they are durable.

LED light strips generate no heat: Traditional lighting fixtures flash and are accompanied by high-heat radiation sources, and the objects illuminated will deform and fade. However, LED is a cold light lamp, the light source does not generate heat, and has no other harm to the objects.

LED light strips have a long service life: The service life of fluorescent lamps is only 1,000 hours, the service life of LED energy-saving lamps is only 2,000 to 8,000 hours, and the service life of LEDs is 80,000 to 100,000 hours.

LED strips have no ultraviolet or infrared sensors: Traditional lighting fixtures have ultraviolet and infrared sensors, and ultraviolet light is toxic to the human body. LEDs do not have ultraviolet or infrared sensors.

LED light strips have no flicker: Traditional lights have flicker, which is harmful to the eyes, especially for teenagers and children. LED is driven by a constant current power supply, has no flicker, and has no other damage to the eyes. It can excellently protect the eyes of teenagers and children.

Environmental protection of LED light strips: Traditional lamps contain lead, and LED energy-saving lamps contain mercury, which is very harmful to the human body and the environment; LED has no heavy metals or mercury, and no other harm to the human body. It is a low-carbon and environmentally friendly product.

LED light strips save energy: LEDs save 90% of electricity than fluorescent lamps and 50% of electricity than LED lamps.

High-precision constant-current power supply for LED lamp strips: LED lighting is driven by a constant-current power supply LED driver. The precision of the constant-current power supply is a very critical quality measure for LED lamps. LED light strip constant current power supply has a precision of 99%.

LED lamps have wide operating voltages and adjustable chromaticity: 12V, 24V, 36V and 240V operating voltages and adjustable chromaticity.

Inclusion, if you are looking to get an LED lighting strip but have a very tight budget, traditional RGB lighting could be the better option. These strips can be purchased at a more affordable price. However, if you have a little more in your budget, our affordable RGBIC lights provide a substantial upgrade, giving you a lot more features for a little extra cost.

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