Why LED

Light emitting diodes, or LEDs, are becoming increasingly popular for home lighting. Compared to regular incandescent and halogen lights, LEDs have a slew of benefits including that they use very little electricity, have a very long lifespan, don't produce much heat, and can easily be controlled and programmed. As LEDs are also very durable and resistant to shock, they can also be used in a variety of ways - including as strip lights. Buying LED strip lights may seem straight forward, but there are actually many different factors that buyers need to take into consideration to ensure they get the right lights for their needs.


Types of LED Light Strips

'LED light strip' is a generic term used to describe the many different types of LED lights that come in strips. Depending on how you plan on using the LEDs, you may actually need one type of LED light strip over another. For example, coated LED strip lights are better suited for areas like bathrooms because they are generally waterproof. For areas like walkways though, you may want to opt for aluminum panel LED light strips.

  1. Encased flexible LED light strips (also called LED rope)
  2. Non-encased flexible LED light strips (also called LED ribbons)
  3. Self-adhesive LED light strips
  4. Aluminum LED light strips
  5. Rigid LED light strips (also called LED light bars)



Use Lumens Require Per Foot
Accent lighting 150 to 250
Under-cabinet lighting 175 to 550
Task lighting near source 250 to 450
Task lighting far from source 350 to 700
Indirect lighting 375 to 575
Signs 500 to 750

LEDs in the Length of Strip

When buying LED strip lights, a lot of people make the mistake of only looking at the length of the strip. While this is obviously important, they also need to look at the amount of LEDs in the length. Ideally, you should look for the strip lights that have the highest amount of LEDs per foot (or meter, yard, etc). If the LED lights are spaced too far apart, the strip could produce spot-like lighting instead of a clean line of light.


Figuring out the number of LEDs per strip can be rather confusing because there is no standard used by manufacturers. One brand might advertise 200 LEDs per reel whereas another advertises 90 LEDs per meter and yet another advertises 40 LEDs per foot. You will first have to choose a unit of measurement (such as feet, yards, or meters) and then do some basic math to figure out exactly how many LEDs each strip has per unit.


Brightness of LED Strip Lights

Over the past years, LED technology has significantly improved so that the small diodes can produce much brighter light. However, this doesn't mean you should assume that your LED strip lights will be bright. In some cases, you may not even want the light to be bright, such as if you are using it for accent lighting.

The brightness of lights is measured in lumens (not watts as is commonly believed). Depending on how you are using the LED strip lights, you will require a certain level of lumens.

Most reputable LED strip light manufacturers will list the amount of lumens their products produce. However, you have to pay careful attention to how the lumens are listed. There is no set standard, so one manufacturer may state that there are 250 lumens per foot whereas another states that there are 250 lumens per meter. The first LED strip light would be much brighter than the second.

Light emitting diodes, or LEDs, are becoming increasingly popular for home lighting. Compared to regular incandescent and halogen lights, LEDs have a slew of benefits including that they use very little electricity, have a very long lifespan, don't produce much heat, and can easily be controlled and programmed. As LEDs are also very durable and resistant to shock, they can also be used in a variety of ways - including as strip lights. Buying LED strip lights may seem straight forward, but there are actually many different factors that buyers need to take into consideration to ensure they get the right lights for their needs.


LED Strip Light Color

LED strip lights come in a wide range of colors as well as strips that can change colors. The most basic LED strip lights are called ‘non addressable' and will only emit one fixed color of light. They are cheap to purchase and generally easier to install.

A second type of LED light is called ‘non addressable RGB strips'. These LED lights can display any Red-Green-Blue color. These are different than ‘addressable RGB' LED strip lights. The difference is that addressable LED strip lights have a small controller between each LED that makes it possible to control each LED on an individual basis. Addressable LED lights will be more expensive and are usually not necessary for most home needs.