How to install LED strip?

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      If you have already purchased certain LED strips or are planning to buy them, you may want to know how to make them work. Installing LED strips requires some planning and some small electrical work, but don't feel difficult! With some instructions, you will be able to purchase lighting strips and power supplies more accurately, and be more fully prepared for connection and installation work!


      Measure the distance of your LED strip installation location.

      Use a measuring tool to roughly estimate how many LED strips you will need. If you want to install multiple locations, measure each location. Then, these measured values are totaled to determine the number of LED strips to be purchased.

      Consider the distance between the nearest socket and the position of the LED strip to ensure that you have a long enough strip. For example, if you need to install a 10-meter light strip, and the socket is 5 meters away from the light strip location, please purchase an LED light strip of at least 15 meters, or ensure that the power wiring range can accommodate a distance of 5 meters.


      Purchase LED strips of appropriate length.

      Suntechled can provide different lengths, different brightness, and different types of LED strips. Similarly, in terms of colors, you will have many choices, including warm white, natural white, cool white, bright blue, red, yellow, green, etc.

      If you want to decorate counters, cabinets or vehicles, please choose products with standard brightness.

      If you are using it outdoors, please choose a product that is waterproof, windproof and dustproof.

      If you are in a dynamic environment, you can try to use color-changing light strips, such as light strip products that require precise color control and multiple color changes.


      Determine the voltage of your LED strip. 

      Check the product label of the LED strip-the input of the LED strip is usually 12V or 24V. You need to select a power supply whose input voltage group corresponds to your LED strip. Most power sources are direct current (DC), which means the power flows in one direction.

      If you need to cut the LED strip into multiple smaller strips, each strip needs its own independent power supply.

      Voltage is the basic unit of electricity. Always keep in mind the voltage value of the LED strip to help you determine the power demand of the LED strip.

      There are detailed label instructions on the product packaging of Ledemei Optoelectronics, so that customers can accurately find the information they need.


      Find out the total power consumption of your LED strips.

      Each LED strip consumes a certain amount of wattage (basic power unit) per meter used in its operation. For example, some products use 5.12 watts per 1 meter. Multiply the wattage by the length of the light strip to get the total wattage. In this case, if you want to install a 25-meter LED strip, you need a total of 128 watts (25 x 5.12).

      If the total wattage is listed in the product description, divide it by the total number of meters in the reel to get the watts per meter. For example, if the LED light has 24 watts and is 5 meters long, divide 24 by 5 to get 4.8 watts per meter.


      Calculate the minimum power consumption of the power supply.

      Multiplying the total wattage by 1.2 can increase the total wattage by 20% and treat it as the minimum output of the power supply. For a 25-meter LED strip, using the previous example, 128 x 1.2 is 153.6. This means that your battery should be able to consume at least 153.6 watts of power.

      Always increase the estimated power consumption by 20% to ensure that you have enough power.


      Divide the total wattage by the voltage to get the minimum ampere.

      Now, there is a final calculation: ampere, which is a unit for measuring the speed of current propagation. For example, if the voltage of a 25-meter LED is 12 volts and a total of 128 watts are required, divide 128 by 12 to get 10.66 amps. This means you need to buy a power supply that can provide more than 10.66 amps.

      Check the amperage of the power supply in the product description.


      Purchase a power supply that meets your power requirements.

      Now, you have enough information to select the power supply in the appropriate voltage group. Always make sure that the adapter has enough power and amperage to power the LED strip.

      If your LED strip needs to be dimmed, please choose a power supply with dimming function.


      Use scissors to cut along the specified cutting line.

      Pull out the length of the LED light strip you need from the reel, and cut it in an appropriate position. These marks are usually distinguished by the cut marks on the LED strips. Make sure to cut only at the designated cutting mark.


      If there is no input cable, connect the quick connector to the LED strip.

      Place the quick connector in front of the socket, and make sure that the red wire is aligned with the "+" mark on the socket, and the black wire is aligned with the "-" mark on the socket. Insert the light strip pad into the quick connector and press it tightly to ensure that the connector terminal is in full contact with the pad, and then insert the flat cable into the connector and press it tightly.

      Ensure that the copper wire connection point is in the main body of the connector.

      Choose a quick connector that matches the width of the light strip. Usually, the width is 8mm or 10mm.

      If you have purchased an LED strip pre-connected to the input cable, you can start installing LED lighting.


      If there is no quick connector, solder the input cable to the socket.

      First apply some solder on the red and black wires of the input cable until the tip of the pen turns silver. Now, apply a small amount of solder to the copper dots on the LED strips-enough to cover them. From here, place each wire on its corresponding copper point, marked as "+" in red and "-" in black. While holding them in place, place a soldering iron on each point and heat them until the solder melts and bonds with the wires.

      If your LED strip is pre-connected to the input cable, you can start to install it.

      When applying solder to the LED strip, make sure that there is enough space to cover the copper points, but there is not enough solder overlap.

      When the soldering iron tip is dirty, please clean the soldering iron tip to keep the joint as clean as possible.

      Buy a soldering iron of 30W to 60W, and its soldering temperature is 260 to 316°C.


      When installing the LED strip, please clean the surface.

      Wipe the surface to make sure there is no dust and scratches. Then, scrub the area with a dry cloth.

       If the location is dirty, use a material-specific cleaning agent. For example, if you want to apply LED light strips to wood and water, and vinegar does not solve the problem, use wood cleaner to clean it.


      Connect your LED strip to the surface of your choice.

      Tear off the excess liner from the LED strip to expose the side where the 3M glue is attached. Now, press the LED strip on the surface of the installation location. Make sure to press the LED strip down so that the 3M glue adheres firmly to the surface. If the LED strip is not adhered properly, try cleaning the surface again. Wood, metal and plastic surfaces work best.


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