How to Choose the Right LED Strip for Your Project?
Applications of LED strip lights is becoming wider around the world. From under-cabinet lighting to creating powerful ceiling light fixtures, they are available in a variety options of brightness, lengths, intensities, colors, and voltages.
Different projects require a certain amount of brightness to achieve a desired look. Our advice is to always go brighter than needed and add a dimmer.
CCT (Correlated Color Temperature) refers to the color temperature of light, measured in degrees Kelvin (K). The temperature rating directly affects what the white light will look like; it ranges from cool white to warm white. You can check below picture to find out the differences.
It is recommended the following temperature for different applications:
This rating is also a measurement in the lighting industry to help discern naturalness, hue discrimination, vividness, preference, color naming accuracy, and color harmony. Lighting with a CRI of 80+ is considered to be acceptable for most applications, while with a 90+ CRI(Hight CRI) are mainly used in commercial, art, film, photography, and retail locations.
You may come across various LED emitter names such as 2835, 5050 or 5730. Don’t worry too much about this, as what is most important in an LED strip is how many LED chips are on the reel per meter/foot.
6. Wattage consumed per strip of LEDs
Last, choose the correct power supply for your LED strip lights. Wattage tells us how much power we are consuming while these lights are on, and in turn how much we’ll have to pay at the end of each month. An LED strip light that uses 24 volts will not work if you purchase a 12-volt power supply, and also may result in risk of fire. Be sure to verify the wattage per foot/meter and choose the correct power unit for your LED strip lights.