LED Tape Lighting

LED tape comes in a variety of forms, and varying quality. We stock various brands including Deltech, LED TECH, Ansell and Emco. However we only stock the IP65, waterproof tape, not because all our clients install it in the bathroom, but because the soft silicone rubber waterproof coating that is applied in the factory during manufacturing, provides a good level of protection for the circuit board and chips underneath. It makes the tape slightly more rigid, making it easier to install, and protects against knocks and scuffs.

You can buy different power output tape, in different colours, with different chips, and different spacing of chips. First you need to establish how are you planning on using the light source. Home cinema back lighting, dining room mood lighting and kitchen cabinet lighting, will all have different requirements, but will all use 'LED tape'.

You will need to establish if the LED tape is be used as a secondary, or primary light source. For mood lighting, scene setting and back lighting you would typically use the 4.8W per metre 3528 product. The more linear metres you install the brighter the light source- remember a 5m roll of 4.8W 3528 will probably give you the equivalent of 240W incandescent/halogen lighting. General rule of thumb, if in doubt as to how much to install, install the greater amount, then dim down to achieve optimum level. If you are planning to use LED tape as a primary light source you will need the 5050 chip product, either 7.2W p/m or 14.4W. These strips will start to get warm when left on, so should be installed on a metal structure to dissipate heat. If this is not possible, aluminium profile of foil adhesive tape should be used. These strips are not designed to be left continuously on. Again when calculating quantities, it is best to go for more and use a dimmer. Whether you use a remote control dimming unit, or touch plate wall mounted unit, they both have memory settings, so you can adjust the brightness level to suit the application, then revert back to using a wall switch. Always allow to run tape right into corners, and if possible slightly overlap any joints, this will prevent shadowing.

Should you need any help specifying the right product and material for your job, please speak with Gareth 01992 534 993

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