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Ultimate Guide: How to Install LED Strips by Yourself

Time:2019-11-29| Author:admin

Hey guys, take it easy! Installing LED strips is a really easy thing, there are some methods and notices you need to know. I believe you will know how to install LED strips after reading this article.

LED strip adhesive tape

1. How to fix the LED strips

Generally, there is double-sided sticky tape on the back of the LED strip so as we can directly stick it on the place we want. That’s the easiest way to install it. However, the tape’s adhesive force will be decreas8ed if the mounting surface is not smooth and clean enough, that’s why the LED strip falls off after a period of use. This method is only suitable for tables, cabinets, bedsides, glass cases, and other items that have a smooth surface. So the first thing you need to do is clean the mounting surface and try to avoid dust on it. Then you can stick the strip on it as you see fit. And, of course, you can use glue or mounting clips to reinforce it further. In some places such as ceilings, walls, floors, stairs, and so on, where the LED strips are hard to stick firmly, to solve the problem of adhesive tape falling off, we can use LED strip housings. The LED housing is basely composed of aluminum profile and cover. The profile and cover form a channel that holds the LED strip inside. The LED strip is mounted on the aluminum profile, which can not only fix the strip stably but also improve the heat dissipation. Mounting the LED strip housings is more complex than the last method, first you need to make a groove that the LED housing can recess in, and then you can put the aluminum profile in. Secondly, fixing the LED strip on the profile. Thirdly, covering the diffuser. Finally, connecting the LED strip to the power supply. So, if you don't have the experience for this kind of complex large-scale installation, let professional construction personnel do it.

aluminum housing recess in the wall

2. Choose a compatible power supply

The input voltage of the LED light strips is generally 12V or 24V DC, different LED lights need to be driven by the corresponding power supply. And the output power of the power supply is recommended to be 20% higher than the total power consumption of LED strips.

led strip power supply

3. Correct wiring

The wiring of the LED tape lights needs to distinguish between the positive and negative poles. Generally, the LED strip manufacturer will mark the positive poles (+) and negative poles (-) on the PCB and solder the wires at the end to convenient for connection and installation. And we would recommend connecting the LED strips in parallel. Because the overlong series connection of LED strips may cause the voltage drop.

 

4. Install control device (optional)

The control device including but not limited the switch, controller, and dimmer. They should be connected between the power supply and the LED strip. For instance, to realize color changing and dynamic effects, we should connect a controller between the power supply and the RGB LED strip to control the electrical signal into the light.

 

In summary, the installation of LED strips is pretty easy. You just need to know the install order of the required devices and connect them with wires.


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