How To Install An LED Strip Light

LED strip lights have transformed the way we light up our homes, workplaces and hospitality spaces (the list goes on), due to their versatility and low power consumption. Available in different sizes, colours, and lengths, it is easy to get your hands on the perfect LED strips for your requirement, and with our helpful guide below, they can be easy to install too. 

Here we go through the complete procedure of installing new LED strip lights, including the cutting & soldering procedure and how to select the correct LED driver for your linear lighting solution. Remember that Ledapt can offer bespoke led strip cut to size that is needed for your project.

To install an LED strip light;

  1. Plan the location of installation
  2. Cut & Solder the strip (if necessary)
  3. Stick your LED onto appropriate surface
  4. Connect controller/ receiver

1. Plan The Location Of Installation

Before the installation procedure, you must plan where you want to install your LED strip light, driver and controller/ receiver, taking into consideration cable runs and distance. 

To ensure a longer life span, aluminium profiles are advised as this will help dissipate the heat from the LEDs. Learn more about aluminium profiles here. 

2. Cut & Solder The Strip (If Necessary)

The beauty of LED strip lights is that they are both flexible, cuttable and can be modified to suit any application.  Soldering LED strip lights allows for extended length, multi-strip connection, and secure bonding. 

Cut The Strip

If you need to cut the strip to a certain length, you will need to locate the indicated cut marks and cut across with sharp scissors, being careful not to damage the strip.

Solder The strips 

If adding two parts of LED strip together, make sure that the polarity is matched from one strip to the next. Failing to do so could cause damage to your strip. 

Once you have properly mated the supply cables to the strip you should test the connection. You will then need to fill the end cap with silicone sealant (please do not use ordinary glue as this will not stick to the silicone cover or end cap). We recommend RTV 4500 silicone sealant. All IP67 silicone strips come supplied with silicone end caps with holes and no holes.

For more information on how to cut and solder LED strip lights, take a look at this blog. 

3. Stick Your LED Strip Onto Appropriate Surface

Make sure the surface area is clean before installation. 

Installing the strip is really straightforward – simply peel back the adhesive tape and stick it to the appropriate position. Press down on each part of the strip so that it is firmly adhered to the surface with no air bubbles. 

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At Ledapt, we also supply clips along with the 3M adhesive tape on all of our IP67 ranges, as the silicone extrusion is heavier.

4. Connect Controller/ Receiver 

Once you have found your desired location for your controller, you will need to match it to the receiver. 

At Ledapt, all of our wall controllers are wireless and battery powered so they can be placed anywhere within the manufacturers range (30M) from the receiver, as with the hand remotes. 

Below we have an example of how to match our Universal Receiver R1 and Single Colour Wall Controller WC1:

• Long press M and key for 2 seconds on receiver, on the LCD display it will show RLS

• Within 5 seconds press any key on the remote 

• The LCD should now display RLO. Match is now complete (find more information within the product data sheet)

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At Ledapt, we take pride in being able to offer intelligent and easy-to-use controllers so you can control your one-of-a-kind space. 

LED Driver 

Here are some important points to consider whilst selecting the correct LED driver for your linear lighting solution:

• The amount of power that your LED strip will consume is based on the length required and the level of power needed by the LED strip per meter.

 • The power consumed by the LED strip (wattage) is clearly stated on the website and product data sheets as (w/m). 

• To understand which power driver is needed, all you need to do is multiply the wattage of the strip by the number of meters you’re planning on using it on. (max run stated on each product data sheet / standard 7m).

 • Then finally, you need to add 10% to the final value as this will ensure the lifetime of the power supply being used

Here is an example:

To power 6m of Elevate Pure strip which is 9.6w/m – 

Total Wattage – 9.6W/M x 8M (length) = 76.8W + 10% = 85W 

Driver recommended = (LED-SE100-24VL) Which is our 100W IP20 driver. 

At Ledapt, we provide bespoke linear lighting solutions to the commercial, hospitality, residential, office, arts, retail, public and sports and leisure sectors. Shop our bespoke linear lighting solutions on our website or get in touch to discuss your next project.