The following should be considered for any installation of LED Strip Lighting.
- Decide where the strip will be placed and if it will be used for ambient or accent lighting
- LED strips should be installed on a smooth, stable surface that is clean and dry
- How much light do you need? Different types of light output are produced by varying the size, number and colour of LEDs on a strip
- Choose the appropriate IP rating for the area of installation (IP65 or IP67 for bathrooms or outdoors). For more information about IP ratings see our guide here.
- Consider whether you need to conceal the strip, driver and cables
- Consider whether the strip will be always on or switched on and off and decide if it will be part of your 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 temperature, distance and reflectiveness of surfaces and the distance of the observer from the strip. Know what you want and plan your installation accordingly
- Handy tip: 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
- LED strips and drivers must be installed by a qualified electrician