Install a led strip

How to install an LED strip

the LED strips (or strip led in English) may seem tinsel ends in themselves, but we must not be fooled because they also have their own specific function. By installing them behind one TV, for example, they will guarantee a back light it.

This type of lighting will strain you a lot less vista, especially if the habit is to watch TV in the evening with the lights off.

At the same time it will not generate annoying reflections on the screen.

The LED strips can also be installed, with the same function, behind a monitor, being very useful especially for those who work hours in front of a PC.

In addition to this, however, they have their own aesthetic function and will allow many creative solutions to beautify your home with delightful plays of light.

As with all technological products (and not) there are various price ranges.
At first glance they might seem the same, but on closer inspection, especially when it comes to technology, better spend always a little more.

In any case, it is not a question of crazy expenses because the led strips can to cost from € 5 to approximately € 40 for internal use. The price will go up for those in outdoor installations.

How to choose LED strips

Just write led strips Amazon on the search engine to realize that the offer is truly remarkable. As mentioned, the price range is really wide and starts from truly derisory figures.

Outdoor lighting with novastella led lightsNovastella led strips for outdoor lighting

But what have 5 meters of colored LED strips at 40 euros more than a cheap product? Usually at very low figures you will not have a product smart, for example compatible with Alexa, which is very useful if you want to achieve intelligent lighting.

The LED strips in the following video, for example, are from RomWish (6 euros for 3 meters), brand definitely cheap which will allow control exclusively from the mobile application.

There may also be problems with compatibility with television.

In the specific case, which will be shown, a Sony Bravia of about 6 years, did not recognize them, therefore, thepower supply was carried out via a power outlet, simply using a mobile phone charger.

Choice of Led strips: length and brightness

As for theinstallation behind one TV it must be considered that 10 foot of strip were just enough for a 42 inches.

Obviously, for the lighting of home they will go first took the measures in the points where you want to install them. Always consider something more for any cuts due to connections or errors during assembly.

Back lighting made with a led strip
For the choice of the ideal brightness, however, it is necessary to consider the function that the led strips must have.

This kind of lighting basically emits a light widespread e intense.
You can then choose, for example, 600 lumen per meter approximately (useful for a backlight) or 2400 lumen per meter useful for lighting a large room. Obviously, products that will guarantee intermediate values ​​between these two mentioned above will be available for purchase.

Keep in mind that, depending on the light intensity, the consumption O power total in Watts will increase. So much needs to be done attention to buy asuitable power supply.

The brightness is also given by the number of leds per meter on the led strip.
As usual, the more this costs, the more LED elements it will present.

Smart led strip or not?

Finally, what could save a few euros. In truth, it’s best to always opt for a product smart, because if you were to buy a voice assistant one after the installation of the strips, everything would have to be changed.

Dumb strips it is advisable to buy them only for the back lighting monitor or TV. On closer inspection, the savings will not be that high.

How to mount the LED strips on the TV

The operation, although very simple, will have to be performed with some precautions. First of all remove very well the whole dust from the installation surface.

Male and female of a led strip
Then check the location of the USB dam and start gluing from the point closest to it but always along the edge, detaching before cable power strip, if present.

Be very careful that the male of the pin don’t try too hard.
These are very small and delicate components, so you will need to act carefully.

Led strip installed without connectors
At this point it will be possible to proceed in two distinct ways. In the video the LED strip has been installed without the use of fittings through connectors, but continuously.

To look at it is not that great, but in the end it is difficult for anyone to go behind a TV to check.

Installation carried out with flexible fittings
For a cleaner job, as can be seen from the photo above, the use of corner connectors is strongly recommended.

Connectors for LED strips

For a cleaner job so, especially useful for wall installations, we recommend the purchase of a kit connectors for LED strips such as those of the FSJEE purchasable on Amazon.
Corner connectors from FSJEECorner connectors for rgb led strips from FSJEE

Even the chain Leroy Merlin however, it has many such products.
All LED strips, even the cheapest ones, have one hatching and a symbol, where they can be cut.

Point for cutting the led strip
We recommend the use of electrician’s scissors very sharp for this operation. Once the installation is finished, reconnect the power supply and that’s it.

Use and connectivity of LED strips

How to use the LED strips? There are many ways. The basic products, as mentioned, can simply be controlled through remote control or with the appropriate one App for tablets and mobile phones.

With the latter, the light can be controlled in various ways:

  • brightness;
  • styles;
  • color;
  • timer for switching on and off;
  • Management of single lights or creation of groups.

More recent products, on the other hand, can be connected to Alexa or Google assistant and controlled directly with your voice.

Lighting with led strips

The flexibility and ease of installation make the LED strips suitable for many types of solutions extremely creative, also given by the fact that you will no longer have to deal with single light points.

Creative use under a modern fireplace
Just to give a few examples, the photos show the ceiling of a shopping center, a office Dutch and a modern living room with the lights arranged under a camino, to give even more atmosphere to the environment.

Lighting in a shopping mall
Indeed, to make people understand the adaptability of these lights, they will also be perfect for making your own mobile bar truly impressive.

Led strip lighting in an office
In these specific cases, however, it is much better to opt for a different approach to install them, without the use of LEDs with the adhesive back. Much better to resort to apposite guide for LED strips also available for purchase, from Leroy Merlin.

Bar corner lighting
This will allow for an eventual replacement of the bright streaks much more simple in case of failure. In this sense, however, you can rest easy because, depending on the product, the duration is guaranteed from 10,000 to 100,000 hours of use.

Waterproof led strips

Finally, some manufacturers also offer LED strips waterproof per external use or for i bathrooms. In this case it will be necessary to check the degree of IP protection where the first number indicates protection from solid particles while the second from liquid ones.

The ideal degree of protection for this type of use is a IP65 (indicating protection against water jets), such as that offered by the LED strips of the Novastella.

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