SMD 3528 VS SMD 5050 LED Chip

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LED strips can be manufactured with various LED chips. The different numbers relate to the different physical dimensions of the chips. Numbers like 5050, 3528, 2835 are related to chip size, that is, the numbers 3528 and 5050 you see refer to the size of the chip in millimeters. At present, there are smaller and more efficient LED chips on the market, with sizes of 2835, 3014, 3020, etc., and each has its own merits when used properly. No "one" chip can rule them all.In this article, I will introduce the regular two with you.

First, let me show you a table with the difference between SMD5050 and 3528: 

Table1- Difference between SMD5050 and 3528 - Suntech 


SMD 3528

SMD 5050


Lower (depend on the density)


Beam angle







Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, White

Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, White,

Especially RGB


7 Lumens

20 Lumens

Heat Dissipation

No  Aluminum profile needed

Aluminum profile needed




No. of Chips

Single Chip



Fully Dimmable, CCT Control

Fully Dimmable, CCT Control, RGB Control


Recommended Application

Feature Lighting, Task Lighting, High Ambient Lighting, Backlighting, Accent Lighting, Cabinet Lighting

Task Lighting, RBG Lighting, High Ambient Lighting, Mood Lighting, Event Lighting, Indirect Lighting, Signage

More Comparison:  5050 VS 2835SMD2835 VS SMD3528

Difference between LED 3528 and 5050



To simply put, these LED chips are called SMD 5050 because the size of the chip is 5.0mm x 5.0mm. They have 3 LED diodes in one housing (sometimes called three-chip), and they are much brighter than a single 3528 LED chip.

You can use them when you need to provide slight lighting for the project area, especially RGB color changing lights. Theoretically speaking, comparing the same number of chips, the light output of the SMD 5050 LED lights can provide 3 times that of the 3528 LED strips. Therefore, the 5050 LEDs are very suitable for illuminating areas that may experience high levels of ambient light. However, due to their large size, the number you can mount on the PCB is limited. There are some brightness limitations when using 5050s in this way.



They are called SMD3528 because the size of the chip is 3.5mm * 2.8mm. These LED chips (one LED for each chip) are very bright, but not as bright as the side-by-side 5050. However, when used in large quantities, it will be brighter than comparable strips of 5050s.

These lights are very suitable for TV backlighting, colorful splash walls, crown molding and image accent lighting, tables and cabinets, bars, etc.

3528 LEDs may be the most cost-effective, but alone will not be as bright compared to 5050 chips, but when there are 600 LEDs on a reel, they can be brighter than 5050 strips.

Although their smaller chips generate more heat, they are still far below other lighting options. These types of LEDs require thicker PCBs to take heat away from the chip.The difference between the 5050 and the 3528 LED is that the 5050 can combine three different chips into the housing to produce millions of color changes.Although 5050 chips can be used for monochrome applications, we found that 5050 LEDs are more suitable for RGB, and high-density 3528 SMD LEDs are more suitable for monochrome applications.

Buying tips: Should I choose 3528 or 5050?


When comparing LED strip lighting between companies, if two competing strips use the same chip, please check how many LEDs there are on the strip and check the lumen output to determine the brightness.

To note how many LEDs per foot or meter. When looking for bright LED light bars, make sure to compare Apple to Apple, because not all LED light bars are made the same way.

If you need to decoretive your project,like an office building, house, from or KTV, bars, just feel free to contact us, we provide customized lighting design and the best quality LED strip, you can find all type of led strip in or website, send inquiry now for priority inquiry.

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