Smart light strips add color and light to dark areas, such as under kitchen cabinets. They work just like battery operated nightlights or task lights. They are available in a wide variety of sizes, styles and finishes to complement your decorating plan. In this Light Strips Buyers Guide, we'll discuss the types of these versatile and cost-effective lights and where to get your next set.
Strips come in many different types, including linear and led strips, which provide uniform brightness. The term 'over-luminous' refers to Strips with more than half of the light measured on the LED lights. This type of light source is more expensive, but may be worth it for high-traffic areas or where additional accent lighting would be useful.
If you're shopping for a replacement strip light, you'll need to consider LED lights, also referred to as 'light chips.' These are much smaller than led lights and, as a result, take up less space in your home. In addition, LED strips are available in several different color temperatures, allowing you to easily match your existing room's decor. You can find Strips that are suitable for accent and task use in varying color temperatures. The most popular Strips are available in blue, yellow-green and red.
Standard-dense Strips: The most common and cheapest kind of Strips are sold in standard density strips. As the name implies, the standard-dense Strips feature a uniform luminance and color temperature across the entire length of the LED. Because of their uniformity, standard-density strips deliver bright, high-quality light and are great for providing general lighting for small areas. Unfortunately, because the standard-density Strips are often used in dimly-lit or space-savvy applications, they tend to produce little to no light quality, resulting in reduced usability. Standard-density lights also consume a lot of electricity.
Low-Cost Flex-Density Strips: When searching for an economical alternative to standard-density Strips, look for DC flex strips. Flex-dense Strips are made from an inexpensive but durable nylon core with an optically-correct, touchscreen-covering laminated surface. DC flex strips have the same luminance and color temperature as standard-density LEDs, but consume only half the power per LED. This lower energy consumption makes DC flex strips more affordable than standard-density strips, which means they can be more cost-effective in applications where bright, adequate lighting is important such as living spaces or work environments. Additionally, because DC flex strips are open-frame devices, their shape lends themselves to being installed closer to the light source, which further improves illumination in areas that require concentrated light.
Individual LED Strip Lights: A good way to control your lights without having to purchase or manage multiple Light Strips is to use individual LED strips. An individual strip can be used as needed, or all the lights on the strip can be simultaneously used, allowing for very customized, interactive lighting in any space. They also consume less power than several individually-illuminated strips together, which makes them cost-effective in applications where an immediate, hands-on interaction with the light source is required. Additionally, LED strip lights are available in a variety of colors, which allows for greater customization of the lighting environment. Some colors can even be used when combined with white light sources in order to create an even brighter light source.
Warm White and Cool White LEDs: Both types of LED strip lights are available in a wide array of colors and patterns. The most popular, however, is the traditional hot white light, which can be found in blue, green, red, and white. These types of light sources produce very natural-looking color, and provide high contrast ratios. The cool white LEDs are a bit more colorful and produce an even brighter light than their hot counterparts. Depending on the application, these two types of LED strip lights can be used to create some very effective results.
High Power LED Strips: When you're shopping for low-power LED strips, you may be concerned about the cost. In general, the cost of buying LED strips high power is actually quite reasonable. While some companies do offer higher-end, specialized versions that include additional features (like extra outlets), these are generally not sold in generic forms, but are more expensive. If you are interested in purchasing nichia based lights, they can be slightly more expensive than other types of LEDs, but they will last longer and retain more of their initial color (warm white or cool white).