LED Strip Lighting

LED lighting - Choosing the right colour temperature for you

Many people are put off changing to LED lighting as they believe the light produced by LEDs is too cold. This may have been the case once, but today with the latest generation of LED chips available, LED Supplies offer a very wide range of white LED lighting across the white colour spectrum. offering a white light form very warm 2200K (K = Kelvin) which closely imitates the light from the flame of a candle for example, through to 2700K and 3000K which is very similar to traditional warm lighting, through to the 4000K rated 'daylight' neutral white ranges and on right up to the 5000K and 6000K Cooler end of the white light spectrum. We even produce some of our LED strip with an ultra cool rating of 8000 to 10,000K

LED strip lighting is one of the easiest to install and most energy efficient forms of lighting. Also known as LED tape or ribbon, we offer a variety of LED strips suitable for a range of applications. As well as our standard and premium series, we have high brightness strips, a side emitting strip and our new bendable strip which can be installed around corners without needing to be cut.


Growing in popularity, LED strip lighting is not only flexible, but extremely versatile too. Producing more light from less electrical power, it can be used indoors or outdoors and is ideal for both domestic and commercial applications. Our products have been installed in thousands of locations globally and we’re proud to offer one of the most comprehensive ranges of LED strip lighting available, all stocked at our warehouse in Reading, Berkshire in the UK. Please browse our complete selection below.

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Fully adaptable and easy to install, there are still a number of considerations to bear in mind when it comes to installing LED strips. As well as determining the correct IP rating, it’s important to consider where the strips will be placed and for what purpose. You’ll also need to think about your required output, how you intend to switch your lights on and off, and whether you need to conceal any wires.

Below we have included a simple guide on installing our LED strips, including how to cut, connect and power them. We’ve also answered some common questions, exploring everything from how to mount an LED strip, to setting them up to be dimmable, to the different type of coloured tape available.

 

LED strips - common questions & instruction videos

 

What lengths of LED strip can I use?

The tapes can be cut every 3 LEDs (roughly every 5 cm or less for some types of LED strip) so they can be cut to the exact length you need.

 

How easy are the LED strips/tapes to fit?

Our LED tapes are supplied ready-to-go with no soldering required and sockets for fast connection to our power supplies. We also offer a service to cut and supply LED strip to particular lengths. Please contact us if this is required for more details.

 

How do I mount the LED strips?

It is easy to mount our LED strip tapes; they are backed with sticky tape - just peel off and apply to a flat clean surface, or mount the strip into Aluminium extrusion channel for LED strip for a high quality finish. We offer a wide selection from stock.

 

How do I cut, connect and power the LED strips?

Please view our in-depth instructional video (9 mins) on how to correctly cut the strip to length, alternative ways to connect power to the strips and how to calculate the power requirements for the LED installation. View video with transcription.

How to connect strips without soldering?

There is no need for soldering with our LED strips - order over a 5 meter reel of LED tape and you will automatically receive a pack of 5 push fit connectors. View the full process of connecting the LED strips without using solder or view a downloadable PDF.

 

Is installing LED strip really that simple?

All of our non-waterproof LED strip lighting comes pre-fitted with 3M double sided sticky tape. As shown below just peel the backing away and fit to any flat clean surface. Our waterproof / IP rated LED strip comes supplied complete with fixing clips instead (as getting 3M tape wet means it doesn’t stick very well). The fixing clips just clip over the strip and can be screwed down to secure the tape in place.

sticking led strip tape

 

What colours of tape are available?

We offer a wide-range of colours. You can choose from LED strips that are cool white, warm white, colour temperature adjustable white. We also offer colour changing 'RGB LED strip' and colour adjustable RGBW LED tape which offer the widest colour pallet of all, to create your own colour mix using one of our range of LED controllers including our Wifi LED strip controller and Wall mount LED strip dimmer.

 

What colour LED strip can you get?

We have a massive selection of LED strip lighting. The most popular colours are Cool White (6000K) and Warm White (3000K) but in addition to this we provide Daylight White (4000K) and Super Warm White (2200K). The chart below gives you a good idea of how these different types of white light LED strip compare. In addition to the white LED strip types, we also offer Red, Blue, Green, Yellow and colour changing LED strips. The colour changing strip is usually called RGB which stands for Red Green Blue, or we offer RGBW which is Red Green Blue White, which, with the additional White LED chip has the broadest colour pallet of all.

LED strip colour temperature

 

What warranty do you offer?

Most of our LED tapes come with a 3 year warranty. We also offer an Economy series of low cost LED strip which offers a light output which is not quite as bright as our premium range and comes with 1 year warranty The tapes are designed to last for 50,000 hours - providing light at low energy consumption and at low cost.

 

What other types of LED strip tape are there?

Besides the common 3528 and 5050 LED strip, LED-SUPPLIES.COM offer some of the latest LED chip sizes and strip which provide extremely bright outputs and even better performance. Our 1200 – 1500lm high brightness LED strip uses a 3014 LED chip measuring 3mm x 1.4mm. This is a fantastic range of LED strip if you are just looking for warm white, cool white or daylight white LED strip as its rated at 14.4 watts per metre (like the 5050 LED strip) but has 120 LEDs per metre like the 9.6 watts per metre strip so you get a much more dense LED light output, avoiding some of the ‘spotting’ issues you get with the 5050 tape. 

 

LED strip lighting installation ideas

The video details a luxury property development from one of our customers where much of the lighting in the building is our LED strip lighting, LED strip aluminium channel and LED drivers. View the full installation ideas video here.

 

Are your LED Tapes dimmable?

Yes, all of our LED strip lighting can be dimmed. You just need to connect one of our  LED dimmer switches for single colour LED strip lighting or LED strip controllers for RGB colour changing strips between the power supply and the tape. Please refer to the related products section on each of the product pages for an introduction to some of the units you can use. If you need any help choosing your controller for LED strip lighting we are always here to help.

 

How do I set up the LED strips to be dimmable?

Please view our in-depth instructional video (9 mins) on how to control the brightness and dimming of a single colour LED strip using a range of LED dimmers and controllers. View video with transcription. You can also follow turn-by-turn written instructions on this page 'Connecting your LED strip kit and dimming controller'.

Please view our instructional video (6 mins) on how to control the brightness and dimming of a multi-colour RGB LED strip using a RGB LED remote controller and a wall mounted RGB LED controller. View video with transcription.

 

Instructional video on specialist types of LED strip

In this video (3 mins) we introduce some our specialist strips - in the examples we use our mobile phone app* on an iPhone to control a wireless LED controller and power unit to adjust the colour and brightness of the output for a side-emitting LED strip. First we show a white strip being controlled with the app and then a coloured RGBW strip. View video with transcription.

 View video with transcription.

*the LED wireless controller app is available for Apple iOS and Adroid phones - view more information on our WiFi LED lighting controller for Iphone and Android. WiFi LED lighting controller for Iphone and Android.

 

What is the difference between 3528 and 5050 type LED strip?

The 2 most common types of LED strip are currently 3528 and 5050 type LED strips. You will see this mentioned in many of the descriptions of the LED strip we supply on this site. This number simply refers to the dimensions of the LED chip used which is then mounted onto the flexible PCB. 3528 LED strip then, measures 3.5mm x 2.8mm and 5050 strip measures 5mm x 5mm. Generally the smaller 3528 LED strip is lower power. These LED chips are typically used for LED strip rated at either 4.8 watts per metre which has 60 LEDs per metre or 9.6 watts per metre when 120 LEDs per metre are used. 3528 LED strip is usually 8mm wide. The larger 5050 LED strip tends to be brighter, is 10mm wide usually and is rated at 7.2 watts per metre when 30 LEDs per metre are used, or 14.4 watts per metre when 60 LEDs per metre are used.

Both the 3528 LED strip and the 5050 LED strip provide very good light levels, and although 5050 LED strip is the brighter of the 2, it’s not always the best; your decision should always depend on your application. For example, the 3528 LED strip which is rated at 9.6 watts per metre has 120 LEDs per metre so the LEDs are mounted very close together. This has the effect of providing a much denser light, whereas the 14.4 watts per metre 5050 LED strip, even though it’s more powerful and brighter has 60 LEDs per metre, so they are spaced much further apart which can lead to the LEDs appearing as individual spots. If you are not sure what type of LED strip lighting is best for your requirement then we are always here to help.

Difference between 3528 and 5050 led strip tape 

 

How much light do I need?

A common question we are asked by our customers is “how much light do I need for a room measuring….?’. This is a difficult question to answer as of course the amount of light one person prefers in any given room can differ greatly to how many light the next person would want. The measure of brightness is given in Lumens. The higher the number of lumens that the luminaire such as our LED strip provides, the greater the amount of light it provides. With traditional lighting, such as halogen lamps, people were more familiar with the amount of light provided by a 30 Watt or a 50 Watt bulb for example. But things are not so simple now, as the amount of light that LEDs produce is much higher. The table below shows brightness levels in lumens at the top, with what rating of traditional halogen bulb you would have selected to provide that level of light. Finally at the bottom in orange is how the light given from an LED bulb might compare. This information can also then be related to our LED strip lighting. For example just 1 metre of our ultra-bright LED strip, part number 5MFL-UHB2-CW found here can provide 1500 lumens. That’s more light than 3 pieces of an old 50 Watt halogen bulb (total 150W) and by comparison the 1 metre of our part 5MFL-UHB2-CW uses just 14.4W, that’s less than 10% of the energy!

So how much light do you need? As a very rough guide (and remember this will differ from one person’s preference to the next) 300 -400 lumens per square metre is recommended as a comfortable ambient level of light in a house. Higher than this for a commercial environment such as an office and higher may be required again in a retail setting. Around 800 lumens per square metre is a suggested good level of lighting in a workshop or industrial area for example. If you are unsure we recommend we consult your electrician and building regulations for further guidance.

LED brightness levels in lumens