How To Turn A Corner With LED Strip Lights

Posted by Josh Knoedler on Oct 6th 2016

LED strip lights are becoming the go to solution for many lighting projects. Strip lights are versatile and easy to install, put out a lot of light, are inexpensive to purchase and operate, and have a long life expectancy. Strip lighting is available in 120 volt or low voltage 12 volt. If you haven’t used LED strip lights before, you can find out more information here: What Are LED Strip Lights? Strip lights work great for many projects, but my most recent LED strip light installation utilized them above and below my kitchen cabinets. Installing under the cabinets was pretty easy since I was just doing straight runs. However, because I wanted the strip lights to follow the contours of my crown molding on the top I had to figure out an easy way to bend them around each corner of my various depths of cabinets. Strip lights bend great on a single plane but not side to side. HelenCabinets   One solution is to buy an LED strip light  jumper connector, cut the strip light, and then attach the connector in the middle. This allows you to bend the 2 sections of strip in any direction as you can see from the image. Although you can purchase connectors where no soldering is required, I’m inherently lazy and was determined to devise an easier way. jumper connector   After a bit of fiddling I found an easy solution that looked good and was easy to implement. I’m calling it the “ribbon bend”. Essentially I am looping or contorting the strip back around in a tight curl that doesn’t hurt the strip light and allows me to change direction.ribbon bend   As you can see the corner portion does not stick to the surface. It sort of floats there. Since this is just a short section it doesn’t affect the installation integrity or have any significant impact on the uniformity of the light output. That’s it. I used this technique in my LED lighting strips installation to turn all my corners without the need of any additional accessories or added hassle and I am very pleased with the finished strip lights