General LED Strip FAQ’s

Difference Between Standard Power 3528 And High Power 5050 LED Strip

Difference Between 3528 and 5050 LED strip

A question we get asked a lot is what is the difference between 3528 LED strip and 5050 LED strip?

 

We hope the information below gives all the information you need.

3528 LED Strip is 4.8 watts per metre

5050 High Power LED strip is 14.4 watts per metre

5050 Super High Power LED strip is 14.4 watts per metre

 

3528 LED strip produces 180 lumens per metre on average for white colours

5050 High power LED strip produces 600 lumens per metre on average for white colours

5050 Super high power LED strip produces 1200 lumens per metre on average for white colours

 

3528 LED strip is 8mm wide and 5mm wide for ultra slim

5050 High power LED strip is 10mm wide

5050 Super high power LED strip is 10mm wide

 

Images below show the physical differences.

 

5050 LED Strip

 

3528 LED strip

How do I know if I need 3528 or 5050 LED strip?
We would recommend using 3528 for the following uses:

Kitchen under cabinet lighting
Plinth lighting
TV surround lighting
Cornice lighting for a softer glow
Dropped ceiling lighting for a softer glow

Any other application where the object to be illuminated is fairly close to the light source, ie cabinet lighting.

 

We would recommend using 5050 for the following uses:

Kitchen cabinets where a higher level of light is required
Commercial installations
Domestic installations where a high light output is needed.
Coving recessed lighting
Sign lighting

If you are not sure what you need just ask us, we are always happy to advise, use our form for a fast response.

 

 

How quickly will you receive your colour change LED strip light kit?

Our standard colour change LED strip light kits are despatched within 48 hours. If you have requested a custom LED strip light kit please allow 72 hours before despatch.

Can LED Strip Go Around Corners?

Yes absolutely. The LED strip cannot be bent around a 90 degree corner as this will damage the circuit board but you can cut and rejoin the strip to make the corner bend.

We can make this adjustment or a competent electrician can make the adjustments. There are 2 ways of doing this, either, add one of our 90 degree plastic corner connectors (we can do this or we can supply the connectors with your order)

 Or.........

We can cut the strip and rejoin as indicated in the section above, this will allow the strip to go around a 90 degree corner without allowing the LED strip to kink and break the circuit.

If you wish us to do the work for you just use our custom length contact form and we can quote to do the alterations.

Can you make a custom length of LED strip to my requirements?

Yes we can. Please email your requirements on our form below or the navigation bar above and we will respond with a quotation. The 12 volt LED strip has cut points every 50mm and the 24 volt LED strip has cutpoints every 100mm so please allow for this when working out how much you require.

Here are some of the custom things we can do for you:

  • Add 90 degree corner joints
  • Cut and rejoin the strip with bridge cables
  • Extend the length of cable from the power supply to the strip
  • Use multiple lengths of colour change strip from one control unit
  • Make long kits over the standard sizes we supply (up to 100 metres if required)
  • Add different types of LED controllers
  • Make custom length of fully waterproof and sealed IP68 LED strip

 

Custom Made Kit Quotation Form

  • LED strip requirement

    Please complete as much of the form below as you can. If you have any questions then please call us on 023 80660883 or refer to our comprehensive FAQs section.
  • Please enter the length of LED strip you require in metres. For example '2.6 metres' Lengths are available up to 19 metres and can be cut every 50mm on 12 volt and 100mm on 24 volt. Please allow for this when you measure
  • Please choose your colour
  • Please choose if you need non waterproof, water resistant or fully waterproof exterior use LED strip.
  • Please choose high or low power. Refer to our FAQ section for more information on this.

Can you supply waterproof LED drivers for the custom LED strip light kits?

As standard our LED strip light kits come with non waterproof power supplies but if you have a requirement that will expose the power supply to moisture let us know and we can supply a waterproof power supply to go with your custom length LED strip light kit.

Please note though these are usually more expensive than standard power supplies.

Can you supply dimmer units for the custom LED strip light kits?

Yes we can custom quote your kit with a relevant dimmer unit. We have a number of dimmer units available including inline rollers and wireless radio controlled dimmers for the fixed colour kits.

Can you supply just the LED strip with no power supply?

Yes. Just contact us with your requirement and we will be happy to quote for just the strip you require. Please be aware that if you intend to use another manufacturers power supply this will invalidate any warranty on our LED strip lights.

Can you run a number of LED strips from one power supply?

Yes absolutely, for smaller kits we have a simple plug in Y splitter that plugs inline, for larger kits we can cut the LED strip into the lengths required and supply a suitable power supply that will allow you to run all of the lengths from a single unit.

Can you supply kits that plug into the mains or hard wire into a 240 volt switch?

Our standard fixed colour and colour change LED strip light kits up to 5 metres come with a UK plug that you can plug in directly or you can remove this plug top and hard wire into a switch.

For longer kits we supply larger power supplies that will need you to hard wire into a mains supply switch or add some flex with a plug to plug into a socket.

How much cable comes as standard with your LED strip light kits?

The Fixed colour LED strip light kits up to 5 metres comes with the following:

  •  1 metre of cable from plug to power supply
  • 1.3 metres of cable from the power supply to the LED strip

The colour change LED strip light kits up to 5 metres come with the following:

  •  1 metre of cable from plug to power supply
  • 1.3 metres of cable from the power supply to the colour change unit
  • 1 metre of cable from the colour change unit to the LED strip

If you need longer lengths just let us know and we can come up with a solution that fits your requirements.

Can you extend the cables from the power supply?

Yes, just let us know how much cable you need and we can quote for this adjustment to be made.

Can you make the LED strip go around corners?

Yes we can, if you need to take the strip around the corner of a plinth of a cabinet let us know and we can add corner connectors to the kit so that it is all ready to install when you receive it.

The LED strip must not be kinked in any way as this will break the circuit and cause the LEDs to fail. If you are not sure contact us and we will be happy to advise on a solution

I have an area that I want to bridge can you put cable joins in the kit?

Yes we can, just let us know the length of LED strip you need and the lengths of the cable bridges you need and we can make the kit to this specification so that it is all ready for installation.

What lengths of LED strip can you make?

The options are almost limitless. We can make kits up to 100 metres. Just send your requirement though to us with as much information about your installation as possible and we will come up with a solution and cost for the kit.

We will always price the custom length kits with power supply so the kit is ready to go unless you instruct us otherwise.

Due to the 12 volt LED strip having cut points every 50mm and 24 volt LED strip having cutpoints every 100mm along the strip we can only make kits to 50mm or 100mm increments so please allow for this when measuring for your installation.

How quickly will I receive my LED strip light kit?

Standard LED strip light kits are despatched within 48 hours of receipt of order. If you are having a custom kit made please allow up to 72 hours before despatch.

Do you price match LED strip?

We will do better than that! If you find a like for like product anywhere else we will beat it by 5%

How long does LED strip last?

Due to our LED strip using very high quality LED’s the rated life of our LED strip is 50000 hours.

What colours of LED strip are available?

We have a large selection of colours available in our LED strip range:

  • 3200k warm white
  • 4000k white
  • 6000k cool white
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Red
  • Purple
  • Yellow
  • Colour Change RGB

 

Can I use LED strip outdoors?

We always advise that you use the fully waterproof IP68 LED strip for outdoor use. The standard kits we supply come with a non waterproof power supply so this would need to be located indoors. We can supply waterproof power supplies upon request.

Our fully waterproof IP68 outdoor LED strip is made in the factory to order, so make sure you double check your measurements as this LED strip cannot be modified once it is made.

The standard LED strip is laid in a flexible rubber channel and then sealed with a clear rubber to make the strip and connections totally waterproof.

What types can we supply:

12 volt colour change IP68 waterproof LED strip

24 volt colour change IP68 waterproof LED strip

12 volt 5050 high power IP68 waterproof LED strip

24 volt 5050 super high power IP68 waterproof LED strip

24 volt 5050 high power IP68 waterproof LED strip

12 volt 5050 super high power IP68 waterproof LED strip

Please allow 10 working days for delivery of this range of products.

What is the difference between 3528 and 5050 LED strip?

Here are the main differences:

  •  3528 LED strip is 8mm wide – 5050 LED strip is 10mm wide
  •  3528 LED strip is 4.8 watts per metre – 5050 LED strip is 14.4 watts per metre
  •  5050 LED strip produces more light than 3528 LED strip so more suited to larger lighting installations.

Can I use LED strip in my boat or caravan?

The standard LED strip we supply runs on 12 volt DC so will connect in nicely to the 12 volt system on most caravans, motor homes or boats.

We always recommend that there is a fuse added in between the power source and start of the LED strip.

How do I get LED strip to go around a corner?

The LED strip cannot be kinked to go around 90 degree bends as this causes the delicate circuit inside the strip to break.

We advise that the strip is cut and rejoined with 0.75mm red and black cable on the other side of the corner.

If you need this to be done please contact us with your requirement giving as much information as possible and we can email a quote back to you.

What is the difference between the waterproof, water resistant and non waterproof LED strip?

Here are the main differences between waterproof, water resistant and non waterproof LED strip:

IP68 waterproof - Fully waterproof encapsulated in flexible rubber coating for outdoor use

Water Resistant - Self adhesive but with a flexible rubber coating over the LED chips and circuit board

Non waterproof - Bare chips and bare circuit board, suitable for interior applications that will not come into contact with any moisture

 

What voltage does LED strip work at?

We supply as standard 12 volt DC LED strip but also offer 24 volt LED strip for longer custom lengths.

Can I join LED strip myself?

It is a very simple job all you need is:

  •  Soldering iron
  • Solder
  • 0.75mm cable (we can supply this if required)
  • Heat shrink (Optional – just protects the soldered joint)

After the strip has been cut across the designated cut point you will see 2 copper terminals on either side of the strip each with be indicated with a + and – sign.

Strip back the insulation by a few millimetres and apply a small amount of solder to the cable ends and solder to the corresponding copper terminal on the strip, avoid prolonged contact on the strip with the soldering iron as this can cause the circuit to burn out.

It is then advisable to use a small amount of heat shrink over the connection to make it look neat and tidy.

Can I cut LED strip to the required length?

LED strip has cut points every 50mm on the 12 volt and 100mm on the 24 volt LED strip these are clearly indicated all the way along the length of strip. All you need is sharp scissors to make a clean cut across the strip.

If you are unsure about doing this let us do the work for you we can custom make the kit to your specific length requirements so all you need to do is plug the kit together.

Please note this does not apply to IP68 fully waterproof LED strip which cannot be cut to length once to have received it.

Contact us for a quote.

What is the maximum length of LED strip I can have?

We have systems here that can power up to 100 metres of LED strip, so if you have a large requirement please contact us and we will be happy to quote.

Can I dim LED strip?

Yes you can. We recommend using one of our dimmer units as listed below.

Find out more about our dimmers here.

These dimmer switches simply fit inline on the 12 volt side of the power supply unit.

How much cable do I get with my LED strip?

Our standard kits on the website come with a total of 2.3 metres of cable. 1 metre of cable from the power supply to the socket or switch and 1.3 metres from the power supply to the start of the LED strip.

If you require longer lengths we can do this for a small additional charge. Please contact us and let us know your requirement.

What is the LED strip power supply?

The LED power supply or driver as it is also known is the transformer part of the kit, it converts the 240 volt input into a very safe 12 volt or 24 volt DC output.

 

How do I attach the LED strip to the surface?

Very simple. The standard non waterproof and water resistant LED strip comes with a super sticky high quality 3M adhesive on the back. You peel off the cover and attach. The adhesive is resistant to moisture and can be reattached if you position it in the wrong place.

The IP68 outdoor LED strip requires you to either attach with a Mastik type bonding agent or you can screw the strip onto the surface with the clips that are supplied.

 

Where can I use LED strip?

LED strip has a huge number of applications, every week customers seem to be finding new applications for it, below is just a few:

  •  Kitchen under cabinet lighting
  • Kitchen kick plate lighting
  • Recessed ceiling trough effect lights
  • Display cabinet lighting
  • Soffit lighting
  • Stairway lighting
  • Bar lighting
  • Boat lighting
  • Caravan lighting
  • In car lighting

How does the LED strip connect together?

It is very simple plug and play connection so you can get up and running in 5 minutes. The power supply has a 1 metre kettle style lead that plugs in at both ends. On the strip side of the power supply it is a simple male to female plug connector and viola!

How does the LED strip work?

LED strip is very clever is it a series of LED’s along a thin printed circuit board. We supply only top quality 60 LED per metre LED strip to ensure that you get great light output than runs evenly along the strip. Beware of cheaper alternatives that only offer 30 LED’s per metre these will obviously not offer such high light output.

What do I get when I buy one of your LED strip kits?

We supply everything you need to get going with your LED strip kit so that it is completely plug and play there are no extras in our prices.

You will get:

  •  Required length of LED strip
  • Power supply
  • Pre-wired cable with simple male to female plug on to the LED strip
  • Power cable with UK plug

If you are hard wiring your LED strip kit you can remove the UK plug and connect to a junction box. We recommend that an NIC registered electrician carries out this type of installation work.

Standard 8mm or Ultra Slim 5mm 3528 LED Strip - Which To Choose?

3528 LED strip is an industry standard code for these types of LED strip here is a basic specification for both types:

  • 4.8 watts per metre
  • 180 lumens per metre
  • 8mm type is 8mm in diameter
  • 5mm type is 5mm in diameter
  • 8mm type can be supplied water resistant 5mm type cannot
  • Both types are 12 volt DC input from the transformer
  • Cutpoints every 50mm

The standard 8mm type is the most popular for most applications with the 5mm ultra slim being used for installs where space is an issue and 8mm wide LED strip will not fit the space it is to be installed.

 

Popular uses for both 5mm wide and 8mm wide LED strip:

Kitchen under cabinet (8mm water resistant recommended for this)

Kitchen kick plates (8mm water resistant recommended for this)

Display cabinets

Cornice lighting

Dropped ceilings

TV backlighting

 

If  you have any questions please contact us and one of our team will answer your questions promptly.

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5050 Fixed Colour LED Strip - High or Super High Power - 12 or 24 Volt - Which to choose?

We have an extensive range of 5050 type LED strip, here is some help with which type to choose.

What does 5050 mean?

5050 is an industry standard for this type of LED strip, it is 10mm wide and 14.4 watts pwe metre with 60 LED's per metre, self adhesive 3M backing (excluding IP68 fully waterproof type)

Should i choose 12 volt or 24 volt type?

If you are looking for kits with individual lengths less than 10 metres the 12 volt type is the ideal choice. If you are looking for much larger and longer installations with lengths up to 19 metres long then the 24 volt type is the one to go for.

Why?

12 volt 5050 LED strip will enable a single length of 10 metres after this you get a voltage drop so the LED's go dim. The 24 volt 5050 LED strip allows individual single lengths up to 19 metres long making the 24 volt better for longer and more complex LED strip kits.

High Power or Super High Power?

We offer two power outputs on our range of 5050 LED strip. High power and Super high power.

Both are 10mm wide with 60 LED's per metre and both a re still only 14.4 watts per metre, but the light output is different.

High power 12 volt and 24 volt LED strip is 600 lumens per metre (cool white type)

Super high power 12 volt and 24 volt LED strip is 1200 lumens per metre (cool white type)

As you can see the super high power offers twice the light output to the standard high power which is already pretty bright.

When to Use IP68 Outdoor 5050 LED strip?

This needs to be used in any application outside or where it is likely to be exposed to the elements, it is fully waterproof IP68 rated. When ordering this product each length is custom made in the factory so allow 10 working days for delivery.

Please be aware that the transformer is IP20 rated so needs to be in an enclosure.

What sort of application is 5050 LED strip good for?

Dropped ceilings

Coving lighting

Cornice lighting

Kitchen under cabinet lighting where high light output is required

Outdoor ballustrades (IP68 fully waterproof)

Outdoor soffits (IP68 fully waterproof)

Commerical display lighting

Commerical effect lighting

And many more.......

If you need some more advice use our contact form below and our team will get back to you.

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If you burn 12 volt LED strips nonstop every day - how long will it last with their bright shining? Will it become weaker and eventually fade away or just burn out?

They should last about 30,000 hours you will find the LED's will start to fade when they have reached the end of their life.

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