Why LEDs are great for decorating your home

With the holidays just around the corner, you may be considering decorating your home with lights. Here, we will break down why you may want to consider LEDs for decorating your home in order to create a jovial and festive ambiance.


What Are LED Strips?

An LED strip light is basically a circuit board that is flexible. It is populated by light emitting diodes that are surface mounted. It also includes several other components that are usually backed by a form of adhesive. Moreover, in most cases, LED strips are used for the purposes of decorative lighting, back lighting, accent lighting, and task lighting applications.


However, thanks to recent advances in technology, such as the manufacturing of higher powered surface mounted LEDs, as well as enhancements in luminous efficacy, LED strips can also be used in halogen and fluorescent lighting fixture replacements, set and costume design, high brightness task lighting applications, growing plants, UV inspections during the manufacturing process, as well as indirect lighting applications in some cases. As can be seen, there are many reasons to buy LED strip lights.

How to Choose the One?


In order to choose the right one, you will need to consider different factors like CRI, color temperature, and the lumen. CRI refers to a color rendering index and is a measurement of how accurately a light source-that is artificial in nature-displays colors vis-a-vis natural sunlight. The index ranges from zero to one hundred.  Moreover, color temperature refers to the coolness, as well as the warmth, of white light. It ranges from cool white to warm white and is actually measured in degrees Kelvin. As for lumen, it refers to the brightness measurement that is visible to the naked eye. When it comes to selecting LED light strips it is arguably the most relevant factor.

Before you actually make your purchase you should measure the length of the LED strips that you actually need for your home decor project: This is because LED strips are actually sold in various packages; such as in a reel or by the foot. By measuring the exact amount that you need you’ll make it easier on yourself when it comes time to compare prices.

Wattage is also something that you should consider when deciding on which LED strip type or package to go with. Wattage refers to the amount of power that is needed in order to illuminate an LED strip. Please remember to verify the wattage before you make your purchase, by evaluating the wattage per foot and per reel.

Finally, some other variables to analyze before making the right selection include material quality, safety certifications, color accuracy, color quality, and thermal management. In most cases, you will get what you pay for, so spending a little extra, in the beginning, can pay great dividends in the long run and may really enhance the aesthetics of your home decor project.

How To Create Ambient Light With Led Strips


The first thing you need to consider is indirect lighting. To begin, you will need to ensure that the high energy areas of your property have sufficient lighting. Think of where your family usually gathers for family get-togethers. For instance, you may find that they generally gather in the kitchen for a jolly good time, or perhaps they prefer sitting by the rustic and hearty fireplace in the living room instead. The lighting that you install will need to be luminous enough to electrify your guests (figuratively speaking, of course). That is, your guests need to feel energized and feel lively at your party, and setting up the right ambient lighting arrangement can do just that.

Next, you will need to think about task lighting. When you are installing your task lighting the general rule of thumb is to install more lights than you think you will actually require. The lights that you install will actually last for several years, so it doesn’t hurt to have some extra lights that you may be able to use in the future. Another benefit of task lighting is that installing more lights will help improve your accuracy, as the extra lighting will help boost your concentration while you are performing the task.

You can also create ambient lighting via dimmers. However, before you decide to use dimmable LED strip lighting to create ambient lighting you will need to decide if you want a remote inline dimmer or a hardwired wall dimmer system. If you are able to procure the services of a professional electrician we would strongly recommend the latter. As for the former, it can actually be completed as part of a do it yourself project if you wish.

Unfortunately, many of the LED strips on the market that come equipped with color changing functionality are actually of poor quality. As such, when it comes to the accent lighting, you need to perform the necessary due diligence before you make your selection, that is, take the time to compare options before you make your choice and make sure that your selection comes from a quality and reputable brand. Also, while many companies boast that their lighting systems will last anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 hours, you shouldn’t just take their word for it. Instead, ensure that the choice you make comes with a warranty so that you are protected against false advertising claims.

Rebecca-Hill-1-2About: Rebecca Hill was the community manager at Mr. Lighting, who offers exclusive premium lighting products and services for your residential and commercial solutions.



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