Electric lighting has been around since the late 1800s, when the light bulb was invented. While it would be decades before every home had access to electricity, once it did, it would revolutionise how we live by making it possible to do more in less time.
In 1962, a scientist named Nick Holonyak, Jr. produced the first light emitting diode (LED). By propelling electrons through a semiconductor at high enough voltage and current, LEDs produce photons (light). Consequently, it does not generate any heat.
LED lighting strips provide even illumination along a surface thanks to their diode-by-diode illumination. With a 120-degree beam angle, light comes from many different places along a single strip.
The almost limitless design possibilities offered by LED strip lights are what set them apart. The strips’ self-adhesive back makes installation simple, and they may be trimmed to the desired length. Once you’ve got everything set up, you can change the hue, intensity, and pattern of your lights at the touch of a button.
When looking for the best LED strip lights, there are many different aspects to think about, including the colour, size, and intended application, as well as the brightness. Our short check list may be useful when you go shopping for the ultimate in strip lighting.
Before choosing an LED light strip, determine where it will be placed. Some designs are purpose-built, such as stair lighting or TV backlighting. This makes them different from average LED light strips. For example, a product meant to light up the back of a TV might come with four pre-cut pieces and syncing options that change the colour to match the colours on the screen.
LED strip lights are flexible and can be adhered anywhere from the floor to the ceiling. The backing should be sturdy enough for a secure, long-lasting fit, but removable if needed.
Length and flexibility
The lengths of light strips vary. Length correlates with brightness and purpose. Typically, the length of LED light strips designed to be used as TV backlighting or as stair lighting is shorter.
The circuit board of most light strips is flexible, allowing them to follow any contour. Some LED strips can be curved 90 degrees without destroying the circuit board.
While some LED light strips are entirely rigid in form, others are only available in a limited range of power levels. These inflexible items are typically much shorter than conventional light strips—sometimes measuring in at just 30 centimetres in length. These are typically used for taircase lighting with motion detection.
Brightness and colour
The lumens per metre (LM) rating for an LED light strip is determined by the number of LEDs packed into a length of 1 metre. The average brightness of the light strip can be determined by counting the number of LEDs. The more standard density for LED light strips is 30 LEDs per metre, whereas the high density is 60 LEDs per metre.
Light strip colour is important. There are light strips that only come in a single hue, and others that have millions of colours to choose from. Color temperature, which determines how warm or cool an illumination looks, is expressed in degrees Kelvin (K), with lower numbers indicating warmer colour temperatures. A typical incandescent light bulb emits a bright glow at 2,700K, while the average temperature of daylight is substantially cooler at around 6,500K.