One of the main benefits of using LED Strip Lights is that they supply a user almost unparalleled versatility in terms of their application and usability. One area in which they fulfill this is customization.
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Unlike regular forms of effects lighting which comprise a single glass cylinder, LED Strip Lights consist of one strip of flexible circuit board. This circuit board is extremely durable and can withstand high degrees of tension before breaking. On top of this it’s also smooth enough to be cut.
For many customers it’s really easier to think of LED Strips as a form of luminous tape, as this’s in fact what they’re. One on side they feature a row of evenly space LEDs, or even SMDs, based on how technologically savvy you are, and on additional there’s a high adhesive sticky-back coating.
As such LED Strip Lights can be cut to varying different lengths, depending on the mandates and constraints of the process in question. You will find 2 ways of cutting your strips; either send your measurements to the retailer and also have them prepare it for your in advance, or, alternatively, do it yourself.
Regardless of which you choose you’ll first need to quantify the length of furniture, window or even wall into which you want to put in the strip lights. A measurment in millimeters (mm) is a lot more pereferable as a retailer is allowed by it to help make the cuts with more exactitude.
The best way to cut your strips is of course to get in touch with your retailer and ask them to prepare your strips beforehand. They will do all of the requisite cutting and soldering before they send them out to you and might advise you on what the best strip light and periphery’ setup’ for your project.
Conversely, you are able to hire the expertise of a professional electrician to do the very same. This is however a little costlier as they will probably ask you for at the standard hourly rate, but, if you’re currently using an electrician to do the installation and you need to oversee everything and make certain it’s perfect then there’s absolutely no harm in taking this route. Your electrician should be able to cut and solder where necessary.
Last, you are able to also do the necessary cutting yourself. If you have purchased a single LED Strip, you will notice that there’s a wired connection at one end, yet not at the other. The reason for this’s that an LED Stip Light is already a closed circuit and does not have to return to its point of origin in order to work. Therefore you can cut through the strip light at any point and it will continue to work.
All LED Strip Lights should feature easily recognizable’ cutting points’ spaced periodically along the length of theirs. This is exactly where you should cut in case you plan to do it yourself using a sharp knife or pair of scissors. If you do find you have to do any soldering you will also get a series of solder points (2 for single colour LED Strip Lights and 4 for RGB LED Strip Lights) to which your 4-core or 2-core cable can be attached. But, you must only attempt this soldering yourself if you have experience.
It’s also worth noting that by cutting an LED Strip with an IP65 rating you do not compromise the waterproof integrity of its silicone coating.