GUIDE TO BUY LED STRIP LIGHTS: PART 1

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How to buy LED strip lights? this is question that everyone asks when they decide to venture into this wonderful world of linear lighting. Now, we will be very honest with you: it might be not that easy (when you don’t know how to), but here are some tricks that will get you out of all your doubts and will make your life easier.

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HOW TO CHOOSE AND BUY LED STRIP LIGHTS? DON'T BE FOOLED BY FAKE PROMISES

One of the main problems we face when it’s time to buy LED strip lights is that this very diverse product are always physically identical between every type out there.

When we go to buy shoes (for example) we have hundreds of models to choose from. And not only that … but with a simple visual analysis or just by touching them we can define their quality.

With LED strip lights this is impossible. Physically they are all the same: a long LED light strip rolled up on a reel.

But … how then can we buy the led strip lights that suits us better? keep reading that we are going to give you some tricks:

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1.-BUY LED STRIP LIGHTS ACCORDING TO THE TYPE OF LIGHT THAT THEY EMIT

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The first thing before you buy led strip lights is to be clear about what type of OF LIGHT THE LED STRIP EMITS. But you also MUST THINK IN ADVANCE what effect you want to achieve and depending on your needs, buy the LED strip lights according to the type:

1-MONOCOLOR: they are the most used LED strip lights and at the same time the ones with “less” complications when installing.

As their name indicates, they emit ONE SINGLE COLOR TEMPERATURE that can be white, neutral white or warm white or a single RGBY color: red, green, blue, yellow …

You can buy LED strip lights according to their color temperature in our LUMSTOCK store by clicking here

2- RGB: this type of LED strip lights is called like this because each chip has the possibility of offering the primary colors that are red (Red), green (GREEN) and blue (BLUE) and with a controller these colors can be mixed to be able to obtain infinite secondary colors (pink, blue, orange, violet etc)

RGB are those LED strip lights that have the ability to change color. You can buy LED strip lights RGB in our LUMSTOCK store by clicking here.

3-CCT or TUNEABLES: these LED strips are characterized by having mixed LED chips where some emit white color temperature and others emit warm white color temperature.

When these temperatures are mixed in different proportions through a controller a variety of temperatures can be achieved that goes between 3000K and 6000K.

This is why they are popularly known as “tunable” because a single LED strip lights can give you different color temperatures.

We have a ready to install kit for an amazing and professional tunable decorative lighting. To buy led strip lights in a kit with everything needed for installation, click here

4-RGBW: these LED strips are a combination of RGB and CCT strip lights, as they have chips that emit white, neutral white and warm white temperatures in addition to RGB LED chips.

With a controller it is possible to create different colors and also color temperatures.

2.- BUY LED STRIPS BY THEIR BRIGHTNESS

An accurate way to buy LED strip lights is basing on their brightness. Depending on that you can buy LED strip lights for any given space.

It’s a very common mistake for people to say: “This LED strip is not bright enough” or” This LED lights are too bright”. 

This happen when a person buy LED strip lights blindly without planning and without knowing the product he should buy.

Depending on your needs, you must choose the brightness level of the LED strip. Let’s see:

From 180 to 300 lumens per meter = decorative LED strip lights for domestic use and short lifespan.
From 360 to 600 lumens per meter = decorative LED strips.
600-900 lumens per meter = slightly brighter decorative LED strips.
From 720 to 1,080 lumens per meter = professional LED light strips for accent lighting or soft general lighting.
1,200 to 1,800 lumens per meter = professional LED light strips to illuminate large spaces or heights. PRO level.

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3- buy LED light STRIPS BY THEIR WATERPROOF (IP)

The IP or waterproof measures the sensitivity of the LED strip lights to water and other external factors.

Before buying LED Strip lights you must be very clear where they will be installed, because depending on its IP, you may not be able to change their installation location later.

IP20 = no water protection.

IP54 = protection against dust and water spray.

IP65 = protection against water jets.

-IP68 = protection against water penetration once submerged.

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4-buy LED STRIP lightS ACCORDING TO their VOLTAGE

When you need to buy LED strip lights, it’s very important to take their voltage into account as this will provide us with very important information about the quality level of the LED strip. 

-5V: These are low-light decorative LED light strips. They can be powered via USB or through batteries.

-12V, 24V and 48V: these LED strip lights managed within these ranges are professional LED strip lights with greater versatility and possibility of use. It is necessary to connect them through a power supply or driver.

110V and 220V: the 110V or 220V LED strips are connected directly to the current. They do not need a power supply and are usually decorative or professional decorative.

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5-BONUS TRACK: buy LED STRIP lightS IN AMAZON AND CHOOSE ALUMINUM channels

We want to add a BONUS TRACK of information that will be very important for you:

In the market there are decorative LED strip lights and professional LED strip lights and depending on your type of need you should choose between one or another.

Professional LED strip lights are “not usually” sold on portals such as Amazon or Ebay (there are exceptions of course) but on more specialized sites such as www.lumstock.com

When you buy LED strip lights with lighting purposes and not decorative is always  highly recommended to have them ALWAYS installed inside an aluminum channel that dissipates the heat emitted by the strip and also to protect them from water, dust, humidity or grease.

There are decorative LED light strips of all kinds of quality. Those that are very cheap will emit little light and also has shorter lifespan. Professional decorative LED strip lights are more bright, create better effects, and their price is higher.

This will also guarantee a longer lifespan.

Once you buy your LED strip lights you might be needing a simple guide to install them? check out this article as it might be helpful!

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