Kamilka Rafal. Kitchen Design. June 21st , 2017.
An LED strip consists of a self-adhesive tape and substrate on to which LEDs are placed at regular intervals. Once installed and power applied, the whole length of the strip is illuminated producing a forward light. LED strips make a great addition to any domestic or commercial environment. They are inexpensive and easy to install and can change the mood and look of a space instantly.
The options are endless; the appropriate LED strip can be installed indoors or out for ambient, coloured or task light in almost any area. The different levels of brightness and colour types available make LED strips very versatile. Typical uses include:
Above and under kitchen/bathroom cabinets
In kick-panels and skirting
In ceiling coving, as wall washers and around bar areas
In cupboards, display cases and bar counters
Around doorways, windows, stairs and in floors
Under roof soffits
In gardens, pathways/driveways and signage
Lighting for Christmas or other special occasions
On the rear of TVs and speaker systems
LED STRIP BASICS
Integral LED low voltage strips are rated at 12V and require a constant-voltage driver (a type of transformer to convert mains voltage to 12V)
Integral LED strips are supplied in reels of 5 metres. The LED strip can be cut to length but only at special cut points marked on the strip. For example in a kitchen with two runs of 2.5M, you would cut the 5M strip in half (at the cut-point), apply the strip and power each strip with an appropriate driver or power both from the same driver. The strip could also be cut into a number of variations e.g. 4 metre only, 5 X 1 metres, a 3 and 2 metre strip
More than one strip can be powered from a single driver (The total wattage of the strips must be below 90% of the wattage rating of the driver)
Integral LED strips can be dimmed with the appropriate driver and compatible dimmer switch
LED STRIPS - WHAT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER
Where will the strip be placed and will it be used for task lighting, ambient or accent light?
LED strips should be installed on a sound, clean and dry surface
Different types of light output are produced by varying the size, number and colour of LEDs on a strip
The use of Integral LED strips internally or externally in dry, splash or wet areas is determine by the IP rating of the strip (e.g. standard (IP33) or with a silicone coating (IP67))
Will you need to conceal (if required) the strip, driver and wires
How will the strip be switched ON an OFF? Will it be part of you lighting circuit or on a separate switch?
The final lighting effect will depend on a number of factors including; Size of LEDs, number of LEDs per metre, the angle and position of the strip, the colour texture, distance and reflectiveness of surfaces and the distance of the observer from the strip
You can evaluate an LED strip by temporarily installing it with a removable tape such as masking tape, and then safely powering it to view the light output, pattern and angle, before finally fixing the strip
Integral LED Strips are made and tested to high standards to ensure that the strip delivers consistent colour and light pattern quality across the strip
LED strips should be installed by a qualified electrician
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