Buy LED Strip Light: what should I look out for? LED lighting and in particular LED strips have become increasingly popular in recent years. Not only are LED strips huge atmosphere makers in the living room, kitchen or bedroom, they also generally last a long time and consume little power. Are you also convinced that LED strips can make your room more atmospheric? When buying LED strips it is important to pay attention to a number of points. In this article, we give you an overview of the most important points!
The choice between 12 or 24 volts LED strips
The first choice you have to make is whether you want to buy a 12 or 24 volt LED strip. The higher the voltage, the stronger the light from the LED strip is. When making this choice, it is important to keep the purpose of the LED strip in mind. If you only want to use the LED strip as a mood maker in a room, then a 12-volt version is usually fine.
An LED strip of 24 volts is so strong that it often gives enough light to be able to properly illuminate an entire room. Such an LED strip is therefore suitable, for example, as main lighting for a room or, for example, in a clothing store.
A second choice that you have to makes the number of LED chips on the LED strip. You often have a choice of 150, 300 or 600 lights per meter. Here it is again important to keep the goal of the LED strips in mind. The higher the number of lights per meter, the greater the light size and power.
Choosing the right LED transformer for LED strips light
To connect an LED strip, you need an LED transformer. The moment you purchase an LED strip, it is therefore important that you purchase a suitable transformer. The power that the transformer must have is easily calculated by multiplying the power per meter of the LED strip by the total number of meters that you want to connect.
Because a transformer may be loaded to a maximum of 80% of the total power, it is important to add 20% of extra power to this calculation.
Quality of the adhesive strip of the LED strip light
LED strips are usually attached with the adhesive edge that is located at the rear. You can, of course, imagine that a bad adhesive edge will prevent the LED strip from sticking or will eventually start to release. We often see that the cheaper LED strips have a bad adhesive edge, which is at the expense of the final lifespan. This is the reason why more and more people choose the more famous manufacturers when they buy an LED strip light, which often guarantees a certain quality standard. Our LED strip has a 3M adhesive strip, which means we can guarantee high quality.
Not only the quality of the adhesive edge is important, but of course, also the place where you stick the strip influences the life of the LED strip. Only stick the LED strip in places where the heat can be removed properly. Despite the fact that LED strips produce little heat, a too-warm environment ensures a considerably shorter lifespan.
New development: LED neon flex
A new development in which a special LED strip is mounted in a plastic housing is called LED neon flex. You, therefore, do not need separate housing for this. Furthermore, they are very flexible and you can, for example, create letters. These neon flex variants, other than the LED strip, are also available in a 230V version.