- Aug 07, 2017 -
LED Strip General Knowledge
LED strip lighting is a great alternative compared to incandescent, xenon and halogen linear lighting. Benefits like durability, long-lifetime, low energy consumption, easy powering and controlling make switching or choosing LEDs the obvious choice. However, there are some general guidelines to consider before buying LED strips.
LEDs are becoming more popular for home lighting. I’m sure you have heard the argument for LEDs over incandescent and even halogen bulbs: they are more efficient, brighter, longer lasting, they don’t produce much heat, they are easily controlled and programmed…the list goes on and on. LEDs come in extremely compact packages that are durable and resistant to shock, making it so they can be used in a variety of ways. One increasingly popular way is in strip lighting. Linear (strip) lighting has become very popular and is becoming an affordable option for home lighting. Buying LED strip lights might seem relatively straight forward, but there are actually many things you need to take into account to make sure you get the right type of light for your needs. Follow us through this post as we walk through the important factors for LED strip lighting and run through our full line of LED light strips.
Types of LED Strips
Our LED Strips category is a broad category that includes all different types of LED strip lights. Depending on how you plan on using the LED strips, you may actually need one type over the other. For example, our LED flex strips are better suited for outdoor and wet areas as they have a protective covering that make them waterproof. Below is just a brief description of each kind of LED Strip Light we carry, we will go into more detail on them later in this post as we do have multiple types of strips in some of these categories.
DC LED Flex Strips – Easily run off 12VDC, these flexible strip lights come with a silicone covering to waterproof and a 3M adhesive backing for easy installation.
AC LED Flex Strips – Flexible strip lights that run straight from your outlet. Just plug in and they are ready to go.
LED Rope Light – Encased, omni-directional LEDs in the standard rope light packaging.
High Power LED Strips – High Power LEDs from Cree, Luxeon and Nichia mounted to rigid strips with on board drivers and circuitry.