Single Colour LED Strips - your questions answered
LED Strip is great for creating interesting lighting effects. It's not so difficult to understand but there are a few basics to begin with.
What is Colour Temperature ? - It's the colour of the white light generated by the LED Strip - it can range from a very warm, almost yellow light (2400k) up to a cleaner,cool white (6000k). There's no right and wrong, it's down to personal preferences and to the colours in the room.
You can buy LED Strip in separate colour temperature but why not have your cake AND eat it - take a look at our Advantage adjustable LED Strip - Advantage allows you to change the colour temperature to suit your mood and best of all, it's no more expensive than fixed colour LED Strip!
How about the wattage?
Wattage is simply a measure of the amount of power consumed though many present it as an indicator of the brightness which in a sense it is. Think about how you will be using the light - if is simply for effect for example around a kitchen plinth, then a 6w product will be fine though most products at this level will only have 60 LED's per metre which means that you can get a spotting effect. In our opinion the best compromise is a 9w per metre, 120 LED tape - this give plenty of light and reduced spotting effect.
Can I dim the LED Strip?
Yes. Just not with a regular mains type dimmer - this will not work unless you purchase a special (and more expensive) dedicated power supply. If you use one of our PowerSmart units then dimming is included as standard.
Q: What do I need to make a fully working system?
You only need 3 elements:
- LED Strip (up to 6m in a single run)
- A PowerSmart Controller
- A control method - this can be a remote control or a wall switch.
Q : Can I have multiple runs in the same room?
A : Yes no problem - just add a second PowerSmart and LED Strip wherever you need it and then link them both to the same remote control.
Q : Can I have single runs longer than 6m
A : Yes no problem - but you will need to use a larger power supply and separate controller - please call use for advice. The alternative is to add a second 6m and PowerSmart run after the first length - it is easy to link multiple PowerSmarts to a single control effectively creating a single long run.
You can run up to 6m of LED Strip in a single run when connected to our PowerSmart - it is possible to extend the LED Strip but you will need a larger power supply - feel free to talk to us for advice.
The strip can be cut at 100mm intervals and connections are made using our solder free GRIPPA system - watch the video here