Eco-friendly, elegant and energy-efficient - LED strip lights are highly versatile and are slowly but surely replacing traditional incandescent strip lights. Create the ambience you desire at a small cost!
What are LED strip lights used for?
LED strip lights, used by many households and businesses, can lighten up any area, from small to large. They can be used for a variety of applications, such as brightening up shelves, display cases, cupboards, hallways, ceilings, under counters, stairs and bar tops. LED lights can also be used for signage, buildings, cinemas, aquariums, gardens and even vehicles. You can also dim the brightness by adjusting the strip light. LEDs are super-compact, they don’t radiate heat and consume only 20% of the energy that traditional incandescent strip lights use.
Benefits of LED strip lights
- Eco-friendly: Only 20% of the energy used by a traditional strip light is consumed – saving you 80% of electricity costs
- Long lamp life: LED's last 60 times longer than incandescent strip lights and 10 times longer than fluorescent strip lights
- Self-adhesive (sticky tape) backing makes it ideal for those places that are difficult to reach
- Perfect for indoor and outdoor purposes
- Can be cut to size
- Low power consumption, lightweight, durable and versatile
What is the difference between cool, warm white and RGB?
Warm White Light
Warm White light resembles warm, subtle tones of yellow and red, like the colours of an evening fire. If you prefer the yellowish colour of a traditional incandescent light, opt for warm white. Warm white light creates a cozy ambience and is therefore ideal for bedrooms, living rooms and hallways – places where we tend to feel more relaxed (And, places that lead us to feel more relaxed). On a Kelvin scale, Warm White usually falls between 3000K and 4000K (Kelvin degrees).
Cool White Light
Cool white light resembles bright and clear shades of blue that you would typically find in hospitals and bathrooms. Cool white light creates a bright and luminous feel and is ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, study and workshops – places where lighting is needed to see the real colour of an object. Cool White usually falls between 5000K and 6000K (Kelvin degrees).
RGB LED lights create red, green and blue light. A variation of other colours can also be produced by changing the intensity of each LED light.
It is also popular in homes to have a variety of warm and cool white lights in bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms.
How to: cut, connect and power LED strip lights
What you will need:
- A sharp pair of scissors
- LED strip lights
- Input cable or clip-on connectors
- LED driver or standard power supply
- LED strip connectors
Step 1: Cut
Cut directly on the lines that are marked on the LED strips. The typical cutting distance for LED strips with 60 LED per meter is 50mm; 100mm for 30 LED per meter, and 25mm for 120 LED per meter.
The LED strip should only be cut at the point that is marked, otherwise, they could fail to function.
Step 2: Connect
Clip-on connectors: If your LED strip light set does not include a pre-fitted input cable, use clip-on connectors. No tools are needed for this application.
Place the clip-on connectors on the LED strip, and make sure that the red wire is aligned with the ‘+’ mark, and the black wire is aligned with the ‘-‘ mark. To connect, gently pull back the black bar on the connector and insert the strip into the slot until it is perfectly fitted.
Lock it into position by pushing back the little black clip into its position until it meets the body of the connector. Test by gently pulling on the strip to ensure it is locked correctly.
Step 3: Power
After connecting the clip-on connectors to the LED strips, you can either use a LED driver, or, the connectors can be used with a LED strip connector using a standard power supply.
LED Drivers: LED Drivers have screw terminals as input and output connectors to give power to the strips.
LED strip adaptor: Connect the ‘+’ on the clip-on connector to the ‘+’ on the LED strip adaptor, and connect the ‘-‘ on the clip-on connector to the ‘-‘ on the LED strip connector. Place them into the screw terminals and tighten the screws.
To power the LED strip lights, plug the connector from the power supply into the LED connector, and light them up!
How to choose the correct power supply
- Determine the LED strip voltage. This can be found on the product page/box or on the actual LED strip. The Eurolux G649WW Led Strip Light runs at 12 VDC.
- Determine the Wattage. This can also be found on the product page/box. The LED strip lists that the wattage is 4.8W/m. Total Wattage = 4.8W/m x 5m (length) = 24 Watts
- Use the formula P = V x A to determine the Amperage. P = Wattage; V = Voltage; A = Amperage.
24 = 12 x A
A = 2.0 Amps
It is recommended that you use a power supply of 3 Amps, as it can supply up to and less than 3 Amps. It will not necessarily supply that much power, only what is needed. A power supply of 2 Amps could cause damage to the LED strip lights.
If you decide to apply this method, use a soldering iron to solder the input socket cable (red and black wires) onto the LED strip, and connect it to a standard power supply.
Soldering LED strip lights provide for a more stable connection and are the preferred method if you are using high current. Too much heat applied can destroy your LED strips.
Dimming vs non-dimming LED strip lights
You will need a dimming power supply if you decide to dim your lights from a wall-mounted switch or a home automation system. If you prefer non-dimming lights, use a standard power supply.
Recommended LED Strip Lights
- Collection of LED Strip Lights recommended by EcoDepot
- Eurolux, 5m 3528 LED Strip, Warm White, 60 LED's Per Meter
- Eurolux, 5m 5050 LED Strip, Red Green Blue, 60 LED's Per Meter
- Eurolux DIY LED Strip, 5 Metres, 12V, Cool White
- Eurolux LED Strip Light Connectors For Single Colour
- Eurolux LED Driver, 30W, 220V To 12V DC