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Get to Know LED Tape Lights Prior to Purchasing

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led tape lightsMore and more people are falling in love with LED tape lights, and there are reasons to justify this since LED tape lights are useful not only in illumination but also in decoration, especially for the latter. Like other members of the LED big family, LED tape lights possess all the advantages of LED technology, to be specific, energy efficiency, durability, and so on. Besides, LED tape lights are rich in variety, thus can be used in a wide range of areas.

There are a couple of factors that buyers should look out for prior to purchasing LED tape lights:

Types of LED strips
While the term ‘LED tape lights’ is a commonly-used term, it encompasses many different variations of LED lights that come in strips. For example, a ‘coated LED tape light’ is more suitable for areas that are more prone to water such as bathrooms as they are waterproof, whereas ‘aluminium panel LED light strips’ are better off for walkways. Other types of LED tape lights include the encased flexible LED tape lights (also widely known as LED ropes), non-encased flexible LED tape lights (also known as LED ribbons) and self-adhesive LED tape lights.

Number of LEDs in the length of a strip
It is always a common misconception to place greater emphasis on the overall length of the strip, as opposed to looking into the amount of LEDs in the same length, upon purchasing LED tape lights. This can also be referred to as ‘LED density’. While there are no international standards used by manufacturers as a whole, you can make use of simple mathematical calculation to gauge the number of LEDs in a strip per unit of measurement (feet, yards or metres).

led tape lightsBrightness of LED
The brightness of LED tape lights is measured in lumens which will be listed by most LED tape light manufacturers. Buyers should take note of this metric prior to buying as the difference in brightness will affect the usage. For example you may want the LEDs with a lower lumen rating if they are to be used for accent lighting, but signages will require a higher reading.

Colour of LED
Most basic LED tape light emits one fixed colour thus they are cheaper and easier to install. Another type of LED tape light houses a small controller which allows them to be controlled individually, making them more expensive.

Colour Temperature of LED
Temperature refers to how warm or cold the LED tape lights may appear to be. It utilizes the Kelvin metric unit, with a lower reading representing cooler colours and a higher one representing warmer tones.

As today’s market is flooded with various commodities, some of high-quality while some not, it’s of much significance for customers to know the fundamentals about something before rushing to buy it. The basics about LED tape lights provided in this article may be of help when you need to buy some.

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