Step by Step Guide to LED Strip Light Connectors
Posted by Birddog Lighting on Aug 24th 2020
LED lighting is taking over the industry and filling more American homes every year. This option brings better, more efficient brightness to each space they're added to.
One of the most fun LED applications is light strips that can be hung in a variety of places to bring something a little extra. The only problem someone might run into is that the strips aren't long enough to fill the desired area.
But don't you worry! LED strip light connectors quickly and easily solve that problem. Read on to learn everything there is to know about this awesome problem-solver.
LED Strip Light Connector Uses
Every space has traditional lighting sources, typically found in the ceiling. That can be a flush-mount fixture, a chandelier, recessed cans, or a light in a fan. But sometimes those lights just aren't enough for the room.
LED light strips allow you to add more light sources without the need for technical electrical wiring skills.
Most LED light strips can be directly plugged into an outlet or other power supply for super easy installation. Though it should be noted that most can also be hardwired in if that's the desired look and route you want to take.
There are many places that this kind of light string can make a big impact in a space. Often they are used as task lighting or as a decorative element.
That could look like placing them under cabinets or shelves to illuminate the area underneath. Some people place them behind a frame or doorway to highlight that spot. They are also used outdoors as security lighting around the property. And, of course, many put them around their mirrors for easy vanity lighting.
A LED light strip doesn't just have to be used for a functional purpose either. They can be added (in fun colors) to the perimeter of a room to create a party atmosphere!
With so many places that these light strips can be used, connectors are almost always necessary to complete the project. Rarely is a light strip just the right length, so you'll need to connect multiple together.
This can easily be done with a connector accessory. The connector allows you to have multiple strings but only uses one power source, making the whole process much simpler.
Installing LED Strips With Connectors
Since the installation of an LED strip seems to be so simple, you may be wondering how to connect LED strips and if that process is just as easy.
Well, the answer is yes! It's a simple process to connect LED strips to get the right length.
There are several different types of connectors and the installation will obviously be different depending on the specific type you choose to use. But each can be handled by the average person with average handyman skills.
One of the most popular types of connectors simply allows you to plug in an end from each rope. That connector is then mounted in the correct spot and your job is done.
It's really that easy.
This type of connector is often used when you want the light to follow a corner or change directions. Using this kind of device allows you for a clean, professional look. It also protects the lights from being kinked and damaged.
That kind of plug-in connector works great for certain situations but may be too noticeable for others. So there are options available that are slimmer and less noticeable. The device that the light is essentially plugged-in to is only slightly larger than the string itself and doesn't leave space between the two strings.
This option is much more popular for just adding length instead of changing direction.
There are connector options that require more wiring skills and some soldering of wires. But those are generally not necessary as the job can be done by a connecting accessory with a simpler installation.
Where to Find LED Strip Light Connectors
The great news about using LED strip lights to add some more brightness to your space is that it's really a simple project all around. You can find everything you need in one easy place.
LED light strips can be found at most home improvement stores, (or even department stores with a home improvement section). But your best bet to find the widest selection is through a lighting company.
A specific lighting company will be able to help you get exactly what you're looking for and set you up with everything you'll need. Connectors and other necessary accessories included.
They can even help you pick out the right color, shape, size, and brightness to reach your desired look. A little professional advice is always helpful to get your project off on the right foot.
Benefits of LED Lights
There are many reasons why LED lights are really being the first choice for homeowners. But probably the biggest reason why is because of their efficiency.
An LED bulb is about 90% more energy efficient than an incandescent bulb. They don't waste energy in heat output and can, therefore, produce the same amount of light without using so much energy.
LED bulbs reduce energy bills every month, even with extended use. They also save money because they don't burn out as quickly and don't need to be replaced as often.
Beyond efficiency, LED bulbs are safer for both you and the environment. The technology used to produce the light allows you to change the color of the light easily. And they are much more easily dimmable, allowing you to fully customize your lighting.
Light Up Your Space
Lighting is an easy way to change up your space and make it feel more personalized and special. LED strip lighting is an even easier way to do that.
In order to ensure that your lighting project turns out just the way you're envisioning it, make sure to use LED strip light connectors. These allow you to get the right length and the professionally installed look.
If you're interested in adding some extra, mood lighting to your space, contact us today to get started!