How to choose LED strip lights

How to Choose LED Strip Lights

LED strip lights are an amazing way to provide light in a home or office. They can be used around a ceiling, on the bottom of cabinets, or under countertops. They can also be put along shelves to provide accent lighting that’s subtle yet effective. LED strip lights are versatile and easy to install, which makes them great for any kind of project — whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring someone else.

What makes these types of lights so popular? Their low energy use results in lower costs for electricity than standard incandescent bulbs or fluorescent tubes (about $2 per year), plus they last much longer than either one! The lifespan of an LED bulb is 50,000 hours compared with only 10,000 hours for incandescent bulbs and 20,000 hours for fluorescent ones (depending on usage). It’s important that you choose wisely when buying LED strip lights because there are many factors involved. For example:

Types of LED Strip Lights

Whether you are a DIYer or an experienced electrician, it’s important to know the different types of LED strip lights available. The type of installation will determine the best option for your project.

  • DC LED Flex Strips – These flexible strip lights, with an adhesive backing for easy mounting and cuttable every two inches, run on low DC voltage—typically 12-24V. They are offered in a wide range of light outputs and waterproof protection option
  • High Density LED Strips – The closer the LEDs are together (their pitch), and the more densely they’re packed, will determine whether or not a light will have visible hot spots-areas without illumination. A higher density of 36 LEDs per foot (120 LEDs per meter) will typically provide the best, most evenly distributed lighting effect. LED emitters are the most expensive component of LED strip manufacturing, so be sure to account for LED density differences when comparing LED strip prices.
  • COB LED Strips– Built-in chip protection stents make it more resistant to bending. Its surface glue provides uniform luminescence and anti-glare. No need for additional diffused covers waterproof
  • Waterproof IP65- This type is designed specifically for outdoor use so if you need something durable enough for outside lighting projects then this might be worth looking into

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Length of LED Strips

When buying LED strip lights, it is a good idea to look at the number of LEDs per length. For higher light output and better quality, look for strip lights with the most LEDs per Foot (Meter, Yard). If the LEDs along a strip are too far apart, they will create lines of light with dark spaces between them. Different manufacturers use different units of measurement to advertise this. We suggest that you convert other measurements into a standard unit, then count how many LEDs are in each set of lights.

Brightness of LED Strips

Brightness is a measure of the amount of light produced by an object or source, and it is typically measured in lumens. Depending on how you are using your LED strip lights (for example, whether you want them to be bright enough for lighting purposes or just used as accent lights), choosing between different lumen levels can help determine which strips will work best for your needs. Accent lighting requires a comparatively gentle light source, often no more than 200 lumens for every foot of space. However, there is no strict rule about this; you’ll have to experiment with different settings until the mood looks right. If you plan to use LED strips for general room lighting, your brightness needs will depend on the direction that light travels (the distance between the subject and your light source), as well as personal preference.

You should pay attention to both the number of lumens per foot that a strip emits and the number of LEDs along its length—these two factors will strongly influence whether or not you are satisfied with the light quality.

LED Strip Colors

LED strip lights are available in a variety of shades, but white is the most popular option for indoor lighting applications. When you are describing different shades and qualities of white, it is helpful to keep the color temperature (CCT) and color rendering index (CRI) in mind. The color temperature of a light source is the measure of how “warm” or “cool” its color appears. Traditional incandescent bulbs give off a soft glow because of their low color temperature (2700K). Natural daylight has a high color temperature (6500K) and produces crisp, bright whiteness.

Color rendering refers to the extent to which colors look natural when illuminated by a light source. Low CRI LED strips can create a poor lighting environment, making it hard to distinguish among colors. High CRI LED products offer light that closely mimics the appearance of ideal light sources such as halogen lamps or daylight. Also take note of the light source’s R9 value, which shows how it depicts red colors.

The color-changing strips, called RGB LEDs (Red Green Blue), use multi-colored lights so that they can display any color you want. RGB Strip lights are the most common color-changing strips we carry. These LED lights can display any red, green, or blue combination of colors

LED Strip light color temperatures


Applications of LED Strip Lights

LED strip lights are ideal for a wide range of applications. They can be used as architectural lighting, in retail and commercial spaces, for landscape lighting or outdoor applications, for automotive and marine uses, and even for industrial purposes.

Choosing the right type, length, brightness, and color of an led strip light is important to get the right result.

Choosing the right type, length, brightness, and color of an led strip light is important to get the right result.

The first step is to decide what you want your LED strip lights for. Are they going to be used as decorative lighting? Do you want them for accenting artwork? Or maybe they are going to be part of your home theater setup and serve as backlighting or side lighting behind a screen.

The next thing that needs to be considered is how much space there will be between each individual LED light in your application (if applicable). For example, if you plan on using them as backlight behind a TV then this won’t matter much since there will only be one set of lights but if it’s going into a room where multiple sets will line walls then spacing becomes more important because otherwise, viewers eyes won’t focus properly on images displayed on screens due lack depth perception being disrupted by overlapping sources such as sunlight coming through windows etcetera…

Installing LED Strips

Each LED strip segment must be connected to a DC power supply or another LED strip segment that is already connected. The connection method will vary depending on the type of wires or plugs provided with the LED strip, as well as whether or not a plug is included with your DC power supply. For those who are skilled at soldering, this method often provides the most cost-effective and flexible solution.


  • Know the total length of LED strips needed
  • Know how many breaks will be in the lights or how many separate strips you need
  • Know your strips’ power and voltage requirements
  • The flexibility of the LED strip lights
  • The durability and water resistance of the LED strips: Do they need to be waterproof?
  • Decide whether other components such as connectors or extra wires are needed

Determining LED Strip Quality

It can be difficult to tell if an LED strip light will last or not. Below are some pointers as to how you can identify a quality product.

Circuit board Composition & Quality – The quality and specification of the circuit board on which higher-power LEDs are installed is crucial. High levels of electrical current flow through each section, requiring a large amount of copper to conduct the electricity. Look for LED strips with a copper weight of at least 2 ounces and preferably 4 ounces to ensure the circuit board can handle the higher power—otherwise, you may encounter a voltage drop.

LED Quantity & Quality – The efficiency, quality, and stability of light output depend on the properties of its emitters. When buying LED strip lights, look for products that place stringent quality controls and specifications on the emitters themselves. Also, watch out for strips whose power claims exceed their actual number of LEDs; this could indicate overdriving those emitters—which can lead to premature failure.

LED Strip Surface – High-quality LED strips usually include an extra coating of white paint to help reflect the light and increase brightness. Lower-cost LED strip options will not use this step, exposing the copper color. This can affect both the brightness and color of the light, especially when an aluminum channel is used for the installation.


We hope that this guide has helped you understand the different types of LED strip lights available. Now that you know what to look for, go ahead and choose the best product for your needs! Please contact us with any questions or for a quote on our strip lighting products.