7 Tips for Strip Lighting Installations
LED strip lights, also known as tape lights, offer a versatile and captivating lighting solution for a wide range of applications. To help you make the most out of your LED strip lights, here are seven essential tips to keep in mind:
Avoid bending and twisting at awkward angles
When installing LED strip lights, it's important to avoid bending or twisting them at sharp angles, especially around corners. Doing so can damage the wiring and lead to issues like short circuits. Instead, handle the strip lights with care and make gentle bends to prevent any potential damage.
Cut at the appropriate cut lengths
LED strip lights come with copper ends that indicate the designated cut points. To ensure proper functionality, make sure to only cut the strip light where those copper ends are visible. Use a sharp pair of scissors and carefully cut along these points, maintaining the integrity of the strip light.
Peel off the cover with caution
When removing the covering for the adhesive tape backing, be mindful to peel off only the brown protective cover and not the adhesive tape backing itself. Mistakenly removing the backing can damage the strip light. Take your time and ensure that you are removing the correct layer of protection.
Prepare the surface
Before applying the LED strip lights, it's crucial to clean the surface thoroughly. Any debris or particles on the surface can hinder the adhesive and prevent the strip lights from sticking securely. Prepare the surface by using rubbing alcohol and a cloth to remove any residue, ensuring a clean and smooth base for the lights to adhere to.
Choose the Right Power Supply
Selecting the appropriate power supply for your LED strip light system is essential. Using a power supply that is either too large or too small can result in overpowering or under powering the strip lights, potentially causing damage. To ensure optimal performance and longevity, refer to our other article on how to choose the right power supply for your specific application.
How to Choose a Power Supply
Mindful storage of power supplies and controllers
Power supplies and controllers are sensitive components that require careful storage. While waterproof strip lights can withstand outdoor exposure, it's important to store power supplies and controllers in weather-sealed boxes or indoors to protect them from potential damage caused by unfavorable weather conditions or other environmental factors.
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To gain more in-depth knowledge and guidance on our LED strip lights, take advantage of the resources available on the aspectLED YouTube page. We have an informative playlist to help you select the right strip lights for your needs and an installation guide to ensure a smooth and successful setup. If you have any questions or concerns, our team is here to provide assistance.
Remember, these seven tips are just the beginning. Stay tuned for more informative content in the future. Thank you for choosing aspectLED as your trusted provider of high-quality LED strip lights.