4 tips to find the best place for LED strip lights

- Oct 24, 2018-

LED strip light is an incredible way to bring lighting to places never thought possible. The short length, low profile design and simple adhesive backing bring a large range of possibilities where an LED strip light can be placed. But trying to find the perfect location to place the strip can be difficult. Trying to weight the different options of where to place the LED strip for the most light and to avoid hot spots can be difficult to balance and achieve. Solid Apollo LED has extensive experience giving tips to make any installation as successful and simple as possible.

Four top tips

Step one: When placing the LED strip light, understand what area needs to be lit up. Before attaching the LED strip light permanently to any surface, assemble the strip with power to see how the strip lights up. Then hold it where it needs to go with some temporary tape, or have a second pair of hands hold the strip up. Then stand back to see if the strip is bright enough and lights up the desired area. If the light is too bright, attach or purchase an LED dimmer or controller, to bring the level of brightness down.

Step two: Find what position will project the light in the correct direction. While the LED strip light is placed temporarily in place, walk around the strip to see if it projects the light in the direction needed. If the LED strip light projects in the wrong direction carefully detach the strip and slowly rotate the strip until the light shines in the correct direction, then temporarily reattach. The LED strip lights from Solid Apollo LED normally come with a 120 degree beam angle for controllable lighting. The direction of light can be controlled by changing the angle of the surface it is placed on. To reduce the beam angle Solid Apollo LED offers aluminum LED profiles to further control the light.

Solid Apollo LED offers a variety of LED light colors and brightness levels to match any project, from the brightest strips for under cabinet and workable lighting, to low wattage accent lighting. Five separate white colors are available, from Candle Light Warm White, similar to the color of the flame from a candle, to Pure White, for the brightest white possible. Even color changing RGB LED strip lights are available to create almost any custom color.

At Solid Apollo LED, we offer as many choices as possible because each installation is unique and makes a personal statement for that customer, stated Manuel Barquin, CEO of Solid Apollo LED. We try to provide the whole solution for every project including the right accessories and full service after the sale for complete satisfaction.

Step Three: Avoid hot spots by placing LED strip away from perpendicular surfaces. For example, when LED strip light is placed against the back wall of an under cabinet area, the LEDs will individually project on the surface next to the strip as the light from the LEDs do not have enough distance to overlap. To avoid this, try to place the LED strip light at least 1 inch away from any perpendicular surface. If this cannot be avoided, use a light diffuser to create the look of a solid linear light, similar to a fluorescent tube light. Solid Apollo LED offers Aluminum LED profiles and matching diffusers which can completely stop hot spots.

Step Four: Place the LED strip where you wont see it. After carefully deciding on the area the LED light will light up, check that the strip cannot be seen, as placing the strip in a visible area can be distracting. If the LED strip can be seen, place a small piece or molding or move the strip further inward from the area being viewed. If there are too many reflective surfaces, such as mirrors or chrome surfaces use Aluminum LED profiles with diffusers for a professional finished appearance.


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