LED tape lights have been an increasingly popular option for modern homes in recent times due to various reasons, both in terms of their practicality and ability to jazz things up in a relatively easy manner. One of the reasons why LED tape lights are favoured over regular incandescent or halogen lights is their low electricity usage which translates to lesser heat emission. This allows LED tape lights to have a longer lifespan in general. To top it off, due to their nature of coming in strips, LED tape lights can be used in a variety of ways in one’s home.
There are a couple of factors that buyers should look out for prior to purchasing LED tape lights:
Types of LED strips
While the term ‘LED tape lights’ is a commonly-used term, it encompasses many different variations of LED lights that come in strips. For example, a ‘coated LED tape light’ is more suitable for areas that are more prone to water such as bathrooms as they are waterproof, whereas ‘aluminium panel LED light strips’ are better off for walkways. Other types of LED tape lights include the encased flexible LED tape lights (also widely known as LED ropes), non-encased flexible LED tape lights (also known as LED ribbons) and self-adhesive LED tape lights.
Number of LEDs in the length of a strip
It is always a common misconception to place greater emphasis on the overall length of the strip, as opposed to looking into the amount of LEDs in the same length, upon purchasing LED tape lights. This can also be referred to as ‘LED density’. While there are no international standards used by manufacturers as a whole, you can make use of simple mathematical calculation to gauge the number of LEDs in a strip per unit of measurement (feet, yards or metres).
Brightness of LED
The brightness of LED tape lights is measured in lumens which will be listed by most LED tape light manufacturers. Buyers should take note of this metric prior to buying as the difference in brightness will affect the usage. For example you may want the LEDs with a lower lumen rating if they are to be used for accent lighting, but signages will require a higher reading.
Colour of LED
Most basic LED tape light emits one fixed colour thus they are cheaper and easier to install. Another type of LED tape light houses a small controller which allows them to be controlled individually, making them more expensive.
Colour Temperature of LED
Temperature refers to how warm or cold the LED tape lights may appear to be. It utilizes the Kelvin metric unit, with a lower reading representing cooler colours and a higher one representing warmer tones.
It is important for prospective buyers to know these few fundamentals on LED tape lights at the very least so that they will know what to look out for prior to their purchase. Only then they will be able to better tailor the different LED tape lights to suit the different needs of their homes.