With the growing technology, led strip lights have become very popular among the homeowners. They come in different types, and to mention a few, they are the Standard Density 12V Flex, High-Density 12V Flex, Plug and Play LED Strips, Elara Strips (high power), Lux Strip (high power).
LED being a market driver, choosing the right one is not a walk in the park. This is because the market is flooded with both quality and substandard stock. It is therefore important that you get it right at the point of purchase. To help you go through this jungle, here are the major properties to look for when comparing different led strip lights:
Strip Light Length
When buying led strip light, you must check the number of LEDs per any given length. If you are looking for the brightest output, then you should consider the strip with the highest number of LEDs per square meter. For a dim output, a strip with spaced LEDs is the most appropriate one
Strip Light Colors
LED strip lights come in a wide range of colors as well as multiple colors. To mention a few there is; cool white, warm white, neutral white, blue, green, red, yellow, and ultraviolet. The multiple color LEDs also abbreviated as RGB can display any Red-Green-Blue combination but it requires a controller to change the colors. So when choosing one you need to have the specific colors in mind.
Color temperature helps in describing the light appearance. In other words, it helps in differentiating color shades. It indicates how “cool” or “warm” a given light is. It does not necessarily mean that the temperatures are low, but it is the mood that a given light brings out. Low temperatures are represented by bluish light while high temperatures are represented by a yellowish light. So when buying your strip light you need to keep in mind the mood you are looking for, whether “warm ” or “cool”
When buying LED strip lights, you must get an idea of how the installation is done. Some strips are easy to install while others are quite complicated and can turn to be a nightmare. It’s also important to know the tools required for installation.
You should never buy LED strip lights unless you have first considered about how you are going to install them. If you are trying to buy a flexible strip of LED lights having adhesive backing, then this will be as simple as just sticking the lights where exactly you want them to place and plugging them in.
In few other cases e.g. for any complex installations where you need to cut the strips and also to be programmed, then the installation can get little complicated. So far as installation of LED strip lights are concerned, you must always consider the following factors:
- Necessary length needed for the strip and number of strips needed
- Exact direction of your LEDS on the strip
- Power and voltage needs
- Flexibility of your LED strip lights
- Whether components like connectors will be needed
- Whether your strip needs to be suitably programmed
Before buying the LED strips, you need to identify the wattage required for the system you are putting up. Once you identify the wattage required, you can then order for strips that meet your wattage needs. The wattage per strip is measured per square foot and the same should apply to the area you are setting up your system
Quality of the Material
Quality should be the number one consideration when buying LED strips. You should ensure that they are made from durable materials that will last you for a longer time. If you get it right on the quality, you can rest assured of a long lifespan.
The lighting industry is flooded with all manner of LED strips. You may not know which supplier is offering quality and genuine products. Due to this shortcoming, you must look for a brand that has a good reputation for supplying durable and quality products.
Warranty and Return Policy
Always buy from a supplier who offers a reasonable warranty. Do not buy a product that does not have a warranty or one that has an unreasonable warrant.
Buying any LED strip lights will not be too difficult so long as you are fully aware that what you must exactly look for. Most importantly, every buyer would like to ensure that they understand their various options for installation, colors and power demands. There are also many different LED strip lights meant for specialized use, like LEDs which are also programmable.