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LED strip protection and brightness level

LED strip protection and brightness level

LED strips are being used in different settings: if you need to add light, as a sole light source, just for decoration etc. They come in all shapes and sizes (especially LEDs on the strips). Different versions of white LEDs are used, different colours and you can even get a strip with RGB LEDs.

Another needed information is their power need. They usually need 12V power supply, but you can get strips that need 24V or even 5V.  There are also versions of RGB strips where you select which colour is turned on so you can even play with mixing colours (with some additional hardware).

But since we are talking about light – the most important thing is, how bright we can get a room with LED strip installed. One of the important features is number of LEDs per meter.

My opinion is that 60 LEDs per meter strip gives you the best value for your money.

Next information you need to pay attention to is how that strip was made e.g. is it dust proof and water proof.

For example: rating IP20 (IP: ingress protection) means you don’t get any protection against the elements.  Here is a nice list.

Stripes IP ratings list

Strips can have other ratings e.g. IP65, IP67, IP68 … according to the chart this one has dust protection and with second number the strip is protected against water jets (5), temporary submersion in water (7) or permanent water submersion (8).

And last but not least – power of the LEDs or their size. For example 5050.

list of LEDs

Basically – higher number, more light, but as you can see from the chart. The number is really talking about the size of the LED in millimetres.

Another information is how bright one LED is. By using more LEDs per meter on the strip and larger ones, you get higher brightness. No surprises here.


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