How Do LED Strip Lights Work?
An LED strip light consists of multiple LED (Light Emitting Diode) devices mounted on a flexible circuit board. These strip lights are typically no wider than half an inch, but can be many feet long – like a piece of ribbon! And like a ribbon, strip lights usually come cooled around a reel. They can also be trimmed to specific lengths using a pair of scissors along pre-marked cutlines.
The quality and colour of these lights determined by the quality and colour of the individual LEDs mounted on them. These powerful little semiconductors offer incredible versatility when it comes to colour choice. From warm and cool whites to exciting saturated colour – and even ultraviolet light!
Because the circuit boards on an LED light strip are designed to be flexible, they’re incredibly easy to mount just about anywhere in your home. All you have to do is to peel off the double-sided adhesive from the back of the strip and then mount it on the surface of your choice, no matter whether it’s straight, curved, or uneven. You can even mount them around corners and along odd edges!
The ideal LED strip light for you depends entirely on what you plan to use it for. These lighting devices are incredibly multifunctional, which means that a single strip can work for a wide range of purposes. The primary considerations you will have to make are your choice of colour, brightness, and the length you need.
The brightness of LED lighting is measured in ‘lumens’. How bright your new lights are will depend on the number of LEDs per metre and the power they use. The higher the density of your strip, the brighter and higher the quality of your light.
The appearance of white light is determined by its colour temperature. Here at Display Lighting, we offer strips in 3000K, 4000K, and 6000K. As a rule, the higher the number, the cooler (or more blue in tone) the light.
3000K light is known as ‘warm white’. It is an orange-gold colour ideal for living rooms, bedrooms, dining areas, and anywhere you would like to create a cozy atmosphere.
4000K lights are called neutral or natural white because of their similarity to natural light. They work effectively for under cabinet lighting.
6000K LED strips are known as ‘cool white’. This contemporary, modern style is good for kitchen lights or in bathrooms and workspaces as task lighting.
If you’re choosing coloured lights, the colour you get will depend on whether you choose a fixed or colour changing strip. As the name suggests, fixed colour LEDs emit a single colour of light. Colour changing LED strip lights, on the other hand, consist of multiple colours on a single strip. Typically, these have Red, Green, and Blue (RGB) LED diodes. By mixing these colours, you can achieve nearly any colour of light you want! Whether you’d like warm yellows, cool blues, or even surreal, dream-like purple, you can get all these and more with coloured LED lighting.
Kitchen and Under Cabinet LED Strip Lighting in NZ
LED strip lights are often used for kitchen lighting to create a soft ambience or in closet or cabinet lighting for a modern finish. Some LED strip lights are even water-resistant. This makes them an excellent choice for outdoor decorative lighting, or task lighting in bathrooms.
High-quality LED strip lights should operate on 12 or 24 volts of direct current. Most of them emit lighting at a 120° beam angle, directed upwards. This means that the light beams are perpendicular to the mounting surface of the light strip.