Category Archives: Strips

LED Strip Accessories

Completing an LED Flex Strip installation does not have to be hard, make it simple with LEDSupply’s strip accessories!

LED strip lights are the most popular do-it-yourself option for many residential applications. The discrete, self-adhered strips are easy and safe to run for under cabinet lighting, cove lighting and various accent lighting applications that have become popular with the continued growth of LED strip light technology. The best part… there are a wide range of accessories that make 12V LED strip lights user friendly and make installation a breeze! Continue reading

7 Things to Know Before Buying and Installing 12V LED Strip Lights

Flexible LED strip lights are used all over the world in various industrial, commercial and residential projects. LED strip lighting is popular among many Architects and Lighting Designers due to the improvements in efficiency, color options and brightness. The biggest draw is how easy they are to install. Their flexibility, low-profile and helpful accessories make LED flex strips popular for the at home DIY types. With these LED strips, a homeowner can design like a professional with the right supplies and just an hour or two.

There are many options for LED strip lights with no simple ‘one size fits all’ standard to go by. This LED Strip Light Resource Guide will educate newcomers and experts alike on finding the best LED strip lights for the job. Continue reading

Splitter Cables for LED Strip Lights

Why Would I need an LED Strip Splitter?

LED strip projects typically require multiple runs of strip that need to be connected in a planned circuit so that they are all receiving 12VDC from an AC/DC transformer or 12-volt battery source. They can be run in series (end-to-end) up to their max run length, however, projects often require more and will require parallel strips being run from the power supply.

This is where LED strip splitters come in, allowing you to install and use more light strip reels where you might normally only be able to run a single strip. This allows you to run strips in opposite directions if needed, side by side, or simply help connect parallel lines back to the main power source. Continue reading

Dimming LED Strip Lights with the Mean Well PWM

‘How do you dim LED Strips?’

This is a common question we receive multiple times a day. Simple 12V LED systems (like the flex strips) can be dimmed, but it requires the right power supply and setup. Through the years there have been two options for dimming LED strips:PWM dimmer in series with LED Strip Lights

  1. Using a PWM dimmer in-series with the LED Strips.
  2. Buying a pricey AC dimmable power supply.

Both options are adequate in providing quality dimming, but still might not be right for everyone. Using a PWM dimmer in-series typically works better from a remote dimmer. Using a PWM wall dimmer requires excessive wiring and limits the load that can be handled. AC dimmable power supplies are great if there is already a common residential dimming setup within the home, otherwise this route can be very expensive.

Mean Well developed a unique AC to DC switching power supply that transmits a PWM style constant voltage output. This is a way to beat the system as the PWM output can be controlled by non-PWM dimmers like our affordable 0-10V dimming control. Let’s see how this power supply works to dim LED strip lights in a way otherwise not possible. Continue reading

Installing LED Flex Strips: Mounting Techniques

LED Strip Adhesive (peel off) BackingLED flex strips are extremely popular in home lighting applications. LED strip light applications continue to grow because of their ease of use. The low-profile design, flexibility, efficiency and adhesive backing make them a no-brainer for many DIYers looking to put LEDs in their home. Like any other product, the whole is only as good as the parts. A common failure for these strips is that their adhesive backing fails on some surfaces or tends to give way over time. Luckily, here at LEDSupply we have taken feedback and found additional ways to mount these LED strips. Use some of these methods in installing LED strips to enjoy for years to come! Continue reading

Automatic Lighting with Motion Sensor LED Light Strip Module

I work with LED lighting everyday and am still continually amazed at the sheer amount of lumens LEDs can emit. Take for example our new LED Motion Sensor Strip Light, with just a 20″ section and a 8AA battery-pack, this motion activated light boasts as much light as a 40-Watt incandescent bulb; plus it can run over 30+ hours before needing to be recharged. Since it’s wireless, super-bright, battery-powered, custom, inexpensive and activated by motion there are literally tons of lighting applications to consider. But first, lets look at the main components that make-up this module and then look closer at all its benefits, features and applications. Continue reading

LED Strips in Automotive Applications

LED Strip Automotive Applications a Cause for Concern

LEDs on a boatWhen using Led Strips in automotive or boating applications there can be concern about over-voltage and sharp voltage spikes. These are fast, short duration electrical transients in voltage and happen anywhere there is an alternator to charge the battery and other components like fans, solenoids and relays. In a 12V strip application, over-voltage and spikes can deliver too much power to the LEDs. This will lower their output faster over-time and in some cases result in thermal runaway, which ends badly. Given the awesome amount of fun automotive LED strip applications there are (think cars, motorcycles, atv and boats), we have a few easy solutions for you, so you can rest easy and be assured that your voltage stays at 12V and keeps those LED strips running well. Continue reading

120V LED Light Strips: Long run strips for indoors and out!

led-strip-lightingWith the constant improvement in LED strip lighting, linear lighting applications continue to increase in popularity. LED flex strips have become the standard for adding indirect, accent lighting around your home. These low voltage, 12V strips are used a lot in under cabinet lighting, back-lighting and shelf lighting…a big drawback is that they do not come in long lengths, the longest available single run option being only 16.4 feet (5m). Standard density strips can connect up to 32 feet long but that is still too short for applications like crown and cove lighting, outdoor deck lighting, or any application requiring a long string of lights. Luckily there is an AC powered LED strip that boasts a much heavier duty design that I would have no problem putting in any elements, plus it can run in long lengths all the way up to 150 feet! Continue reading

12 Volt LED Light Strips: Powering and Wiring

LED strip lights have become a quick and efficient answer to providing accent lighting around cool-white-flexible-led-strip-light-non-waterproof-led-ribbon-light-12volt-300leds-5050your home. A relatively low cost option is low voltage, 12 volt LED strip lighting. These discrete strips are sometimes called led ribbon lights or flexible led strips, referring to the ease at which they form to any surface to provide a soft, smooth accent light. Their low 12VDC power input makes them run at an efficient rate while 5050 LEDs keep it running cool and safe to run in tight spaces. All of these factor into what makes 12V LED strips so great for under cabinet lighting, accent lighting, bookshelf lighting, task lighting, cove lighting and so much more. Since they are 12VDC powered they are also popular in car and boat applications. Throughout this post we will go through how to make sure you are powering your LED strips correctly and different ways of wiring your strips to make for the best LED lighting set up. Continue reading

Magnitude Lighting Converters: LED Strip Power Supply with TRIAC Dimming

Magnitude Lighting ConvertersEvery LED lighting set up will come down to finding a power source adequate for your set up. The planning and research process is a bit more difficult with LED lighting as you first need to decide whether your LEDs need a constant current or constant voltage source. We are constantly adding to our LED drivers line which drive constant current to high power LEDs, but noticed we were lacking in constant voltage power supplies. We have many wall mount and desktop power supplies that plug into a standard outlet, but few that could be hardwired for LED strips and such that need a 12VDC source. In an attempt to expand our LED strip power supply line and make setting up projects easier for our customers we have brought Magnitude constant voltage power supplies into our power supply family. These power sources work Continue reading