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How to connect LED Neon Flex

November 05, 2020

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LED Neon Flex lighting is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use, with it’s flexible yet robust design making it the perfect option for many spaces. These types of neon lighting strips are often used as an alterantive to traditional glass neon lighting, as the Neon Flex strip emits light from the top, bottom and side, makig them a popular alternative.

The versatility of these flexible neon lights and the variety of options available allows you to quickly create vibrant LED neon signs and the rope lights can be cut and connected to create the ideal length for a variety of installation options.

This useful guide will take you through the various steps required to connect LED Neon Flex segments so you can create your ideal lighting installation.

In this guide:

Learn more about what you will need to connect LED Neon Flex lighting

A step-by-step guide to connecting LED Neon Flex

What equipment is needed to connect LED Neon Flex lighting?

Before you connect your lights, you will need to gather up the right tools and equipment. Firstly, you will need a few simple tools such as:

  • Sharp cutting blade
  • Flat-nosed pliers
  • Heat gun
  • Silicone sealant
  • Heat shrink tubing

You will also need your LED Neon Flex light strip, which will be ready to be shaped into your chosen design. Next, you will need to select a male and female power pin, an end cap, a power cable and a power supply, which will be either 12v or 24v, depending on your LED Neon Flex lighting choice.

How to connect LED Neon Flex

LED Neon Flex lighting is naturally simple to install and the design allows the tube to be easily cut to size, extended and bent into the correct shape. Here are the steps you need to follow to create the ideal LED lighting fixture.

Step 1: Cut the LED Neon Flex tube

The LED light strip features a variety of cutting marks to its edges so all you have to do is make an even cut at the point of connection using a sharp cutting blade. It’s important to use a sharp blade as this will ensure a straight cut and you will also avoid pulling any internal wires. If any wires inside the strup are pulled or stretched, the light may be damaged.

Step 2: Attach connectors to LED Neon Flex strip

The female end of the connector or jumper section should be heated using a heat gun until the plastic section is slightly malleable. Next, you need to position this section over the end of the lighting strip, so that the female pin openings correctly align with the ends of the male power pin.

For a more waterproof seal, we recommend applying a bead of silicone sealant around the end of the flex strip before attaching to the power cord.

Once you have completed your run of lighting strips, you can terminate the LED Neon Flex by fixing an end cap over the exposed cut end, the other end will be where the power cord is connected.

Step 3: Connect the power light pin

The Neon Flex strip should be positioned so that the exposed wires on the cut end are to the right-hand side.

Then, position the power pin within the pliers with the pin ends facing outward. The male power pin ends should align with the centre of the exposed wires on the strip of Neon Flex you previously cut.

With the pliers in one hand and the lighting strip in the other, push the power pin onto the exposed strip pins. The clear plastic clip which is situated to the centre of the power pin will meet the cut end of the strip once it is correctly in place.

Step 4: Connect the power cable

Using the same process as described to attach the connectors or jumper sections, you need to connect the power cable. The female end of the power connector should be heated and positioned over the end of the lighting strip, so that the female pin openings correctly align with the ends of the male power pin.

Silicone sealant is a great option for creating a more weatherproof seal. However, for additional waterproofing of external lighting, a heat shrink tube can be very useful. These can be placed at the connection joints and those which attach to the power cord so that the tube extends 3-4mm over the end of the flex lighting strip.

When the heat shrink tube is positioned in place, simply use a heat gun to shrink the tubing around the various connection points.

Step 5: Ensure the light connection is safe

If you have used a heat gun you will need to wait until the light strip is completely cool before connecting to a power point.

What voltage is required for your LED Neon Flex light?

The majority of the LED Neon Flex lights we stock require 24v, although there are some strips which only require 12v. You should always check the instructions when deciding upon the correct voltage for your lighting installation.

Safety precautions when connection LED Neon Flex lighting

During any lighting installation, it is important to follow basic safety precautions to avoid product damage and personal injury.

Firstly, when cutting the strip, it is important to only cut along the designated cutting marks. Before using your LED Neon Flex lighting, you will need to check for any loose connections, exposed wires or damage to the outer jacket of the strip.

If you spot any issues, you should not use the lighting. Finally, never operate the light with a voltage higher than the specified level.

How to connect RGB LED Neon Flex lighting

Connecting RGB LED Neon Flex lighting is very similar to standard LED Neon Flex, however, the bend angles are more limited.

A standard Neon Flex light strip can be curved and bent to a 90-degree angle, 180-degress and even 360-degree knots. However, this is not possible with RGB LED Neon Flex. It’s important to remember that when connecting strips of RGB flex lighting, it is only possible to bend along the lateral direction of the internal copper wire, with an angle greater than or equal to 90-degrees.

It’s important to check with the specific instructions of the LED Neon Flex you are working with, as connections can vary with different sized strips.

Here at WeLoveLEDs, we are committed to offering our customers the most innovative lighting solutions, whilst also helping you to achieve the desired finish. To find out more about LED Neon Flex, please contact our team today.