Buying Guide: LED Strip Lights

The growing popularity of LEDs or light emitting diodes is evident on today’s home lighting systems. It has more benefits in comparison to regular incandescent and halogen lighting because its power usage is lower, longer lifespan and the heat produced is lesser. Users also find it easier to control as well as program the lighting. Furthermore, users have the option to buy LED kits that comes with dimmer settings or those that are high-tech ones that includes a key remote control. Because of the durability and high resistance to shock of LED, these are ideal to be used in strip lighting. Purchasing your LED strip lights may seem like an easy task but there are many things that you should count in before getting the right one for your specific application.

There are many types of LED light strips depending on the application. Let us take for example the coated models which are either LED rope or LED light strips with flexible casing, this is ideal for the bathroom because these types are waterproof. If you want easy installation, choose the LED strips that come with self-adhesive. If the application does not requires that the LED should be flexible, you can buy the rigid strips or LED light bars.

When buying LED lights, make sure to check the IP rating indicated. It is the Ingress Protection rating which is given to light strips depending on its resistance to elements. The first number on the IP rating indicates if the light is resistance to solid objects including dust while the second number indicates its water resistance. The first number is rated from 0 to 6 with 6 as the highest while the second is rated from 0 to 8 with 8 as the highest.

Do not measure only the length of the LED strip light, the number of the LEDs should be counted which is equally as important. The most ideal option is a strip of lighting that contains the most LEDs in every foot or meter. If there is too much space in between LED light, the result could be a spotty lighting.