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A Guide to Water-Resistant LED Strips

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LED strip lights are flexible tapes that are inhabited by tiny light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Demand for this type of lighting is increasing due to the incredible versatility and wide range of sizes and specifications that these lights present.

In this guide, we will discuss the benefits and main uses of water-resistant LED strip lighting, as well as recommended products and the answers to common questions that buyers have. Click on one of the links below to jump to that section:

Benefits and main uses

Water-resistant LED strips have a variety of uses, such as accent, mood and task lighting. The benefits of these lights include:

Water protection and versatility

Obviously, the main advantage of water-resistant LED lighting is that the strips are impervious to water so can be installed in rooms where moisture is common. People decorate their bathrooms, kitchens and even gardens with these lights because they are safer than using normal LED strips. However, it should be emphasised that these lights are water-resistant, not waterproof, and so should never be submerged in water.

As stated at the beginning of this guide, LED strips are incredibly versatile and can be applied in just about any internal and external location. These locations include the following: wedding receptions, garages, car parks, driveways, gardens, outdoor seating, bedrooms, and living rooms.

Efficiency

Another major feature of water-resistant LED strip lights is that they are much more flexible and have an optimal weight, meaning they are easier to work with than other light solutions. The coating also aids in preventing shorts when mounting the strips.

An LED bulb emits more lumens per watt than an incandescent light, and the efficiency of LED strips is unaffected by shape or size which gives them an edge compared to fluorescent tubing. A strip light will keep working for a very long time, meaning you will save money in the long run.

Colour variety

LEDs create a wide spectrum of beautiful colours. Water-resistant LED strips are available in pure white for a clean effect or warm white for a softer colour temperature. They also come in an RGB variety, which combines red, green and blue to emit over 16 million different hues.

Key things to consider

If you're looking to buy water-resistant LED strip lighting, there are a number of concerns to consider before purchasing, including safety and technical factors.

IP rating

An IP rating indicates the protection level that the LED strip light will possess against water and solids. In other words, it measures resistance to damage. Two numbers are shown in the IP rating: the first digit is 0-6 and relates to the light’s resistance to solid objects, the second digit is 0-8 and defines its resistance to water. IP65 offers you splash resistance only whilst IP67 provides water resistance. Note that the lights should never be submerged in water as they are water-resistant not waterproof.

Lumens and wattage

When buying LEDs, it's a good idea to check out the wattage per strip length. This is normally stated on the packaging or in the product description. Knowing the wattage will give you a rough idea of how much electricity the LED lights will use and enable you to find an adequate power supply. The recommended wattage for lights like these is 5-15w, which will emit approximately 300-500 lumens.

Voltage

Voltage is the measurement of pressure from one area to another within a circuit. If there is a greater distance between the two parts then the voltage and energy get bigger. LED strips operate on a low voltage as this makes the wiring and connection safer—the 12v DC of our water-resistant LED strips is preferred.

Products in the We Love LEDs range

Water Resistant 60 LED Strip, 12v

These water-resistant LED lights are a single colour of pure or warm white and measure 8mm in width and 3mm in length. They have been specially designed to enhance internal areas like bathrooms, kitchens and bars. This product has a long life of 30,000 hours, and an IP65 rating means it is both splash and water-resistant so can be used outside (with appropriate fixings and weather protection). A bonus of this product is that there is a 12-month warranty and the brightness can be dimmed if needed.

Water Resistant 60 RGB LED Strip, 12v

This product functions on RGB and has similar attributes to the above, only with a slightly larger with of 10mm. It has the same long life span and special features designed to enhance internal areas. These lights may also have an IP65 rating so may be used outside but, again, it is preferred that you make use of proper weather protection.

Frequently asked questions

Can an LED light strip be used in the shower?

Yes, you may use LED lights in the shower. However, ensure that the lights do not become submerged in water as they are not waterproof.

What are the appropriate fixings for water-resistant LED strips?

Firstly, you'll need to measure the area in which you wish to put the lights to avoid cutting the strips at an incorrect length—also note that the strips should always be cut at the cutting lines. Take into consideration how many strips you will require and whether you'd like to move the lights again at a later date.

The majority of LED strips are equipped with sturdy adhesive tape backing, making them easy to apply to any surface. Certify that your workspace is clear of grease as doing so will stop the glue becoming hot. Confirm that the power supply is DC otherwise the lights will not work.

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