How to Install LED Light Strip For Your Smart Home Set Up?
Why are LED Light Strips So Popular?
LED light strips are a great way to add some mood lighting to your home. LED light strips have become a household staple in the last few years because of their versatility and energy efficiency. They are used for many different purposes, including decorating your home or office space, illuminating under cabinets and other hard-to-access places, and adding an exciting accent color to bedrooms.
Things You Should Know Before Installing the LED Strip
It can be hard to know where you should start when installing LED light strips. Read our breakdown below before fitting your home with LED strips for the best results.
LED Strip Density = Brightness
The density of an LED light strip means how many LEDs are in a set area. For example, the Standard Density has 30 bulbs per meter, whereas the High-Density contains 60 emitters and is brighter with similar power consumption rates (30W vs. 25). A higher number equates to better quality illumination for your home.
There are many different types of LED strip lights on the market, but Lumen output will be important in determining what kind you choose. A Lumen is the measurement of brightness perceived by the human eye. Most of us tend to use watts (think incandescent lighting) to measure the brightness of a light. However, LEDs use Lumens to determine the output of light you will receive.
The recommended amount of Lumens for common uses of LED light strips are as follows:
- Accent or Mood Lighting – 100-300 Lumens/ft.
- Under Cabinet Lighting – 175-360 Lumens/ft.
- Task lighting w/ higher distance from source – 300-450 Lumens/ft.
- Bedroom, Cove Lighting – 180-500 Lumens/ft.
LED strip lights are a great way to add color and variety to your home. RGB LED strips to change colors depending on their mix of red, green, or blue light-emitting diodes (LED). BAZZ Smart Home's 10 ft. Smart WiFi RGB LED Light Strip features adjustable colors and brightness and tunable whites so you can select your ambient color lighting from a range of millions of colors.
It's best to outline your whole project before buying any LED strip lights. This will give you an idea of what needs, and how much it'll cost for all the materials required for your space. Our 10 ft. (3 m) WiFi LED Light strip gives you ample lighting and can be linked to another strip giving you 20 ft. total to work with.
The Power / Wattage of LED Strip
Depending on the strip you purchase, the wattage will change but always needs a 12 volt DC input. BAZZ Smart Home's LED Lighting Strip features easy surface installation with all of the necessary hardware included as well as a 5-ft plug and a 16 3/8 inch connector cable. You'll have everything you need to get up and running in no time!
Where to Install Your LED Light Strip?
LED light strips can be put anywhere in your home! They provide you with the perfect amount of lighting, whether it's for decoration or as an accent. Popular installation spots for LED light strips include:
- Under cabinets, toe-kicks, and drawers
- Under beds
- Behind TVs or computer screens
- Along ceilings
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How to Install LED Strip Lights?
LED strip lights offer a variety of color options and can be installed in various places. The first step is to wire them according to the manufacturer's instructions, which vary by model. Many sizes are available from different brands, and they all operate differently from traditional light bulbs or fixtures.
Most LEDs also come with their mounting systems for easy installation on ceilings tiles, among other surfaces like walls/ceiling plastered surfaces etc. However, these may need additional materials if you want something more permanent such as screws and brackets.
Step 1: Make Sure the Surface is Clean & Dry
Before adhering your strip lights, clean the surface of your area. This will keep it mounted for longer and ensure it's strong enough to handle the weight of the strip without falling off.
Step 2: Unroll the LED Strip, Stick to Right Location
The LED strip lights come rolled on a spool. Unroll the length of lighting you will be working with, remove any adhesive backing and stick to your desired surface! Press down each part so it's firmly attached but has no air bubbles as well for best results.
If you want to make sure your strip light stays in place, use fixing clips. Peel off the adhesive tape and apply it with pressure over no sticky area on their surface; this will help strengthen them even further! Secure these clips by screwing them if desired for extra security.
Step 3: Connect LED Light Strip to the Controller
Once your strip lights are securely attached, plug them into an outlet and power source. Then attach it to the controller already in place before connecting all wires up together on each end of the strip.
Where to Buy the LED Light Strips?
The best place to purchase your LED light strips is from BAZZ Smart Home! Our 10 ft. Smart WiFi RGB LED Light Strip uses RGBW colors to give you the ability to adjust your colors and brightness from the BAZZ Smart Home app. It's compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant too!