An introduction to strip lighting

LED strip lighting is a well-loved lighting option that’s made up of a long and slender strip (or tape-like structure) filled with numerous small bulbs. You’ll notice these bulbs neatly aligned in a linear pattern along the strip. Strip lighting is widely popular for its ability to showcase architectural elements, brighten up signs and displays, elevate interior design, and bring a touch of elegant ambiance to a space.

Strip lights switched on and switched off
Flexible strip or tape is lined with small bulbs that can be installed in a variety of places. Find some of our LED strip lighting products here.

Multi-functional illumination

Strip lights hit the trifecta; serving as ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. From being mounted on hallways, under cupboards, or even used to highlight architectural features, they provide customisable and adaptable solutions for a wide range of illuminating needs. LED strip lights are available in a spectrum of colours and brightness. And don’t forget that strip lights are flexible and can curve, so don’t have to be installed merely in straight lines. Applications are limited only by your imagination.

Stay tuned for our next blog post that will detail more ways strip lighting can be used.

A garden with curved seating lined with strip lighting and a hallway bulkhead with strip lighting installed, also known as cove lighting.
Because of its versatile nature, strip lighting can be installed along curves, and is also appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use. Left: This Allera home uses strip lighting to accent the outdoor seating. Right: Our hallway at Studio Amphis in Malvern has strip lighting recessed into the bulkhead, also known as cove lighting.

Lumen vs wattage

When it comes to strip lights, versatility and flexibility go hand in hand. However, before you make your selection, it’s crucial to know the difference between lumens and wattage. Lumens measure the brightness emitted by the lights, while wattage indicates the power consumed. Striking a balance between lumens and wattage is vital, so you can get your desired brightness while being energy efficient, too.

Installation considerations

Before installing strip lights, carefully plan the layout to ensure optimal placement. Consider the specific areas you want to illuminate, whether it’s a countertop, hallway, TV or accent feature. Choose a colour temperature that helps achieve your desired ambiance. Warm white (3000K) creates a cosy and relaxing ambiance, while natural white (4000K) provides a brighter and more energetic feel.

To avoid overloading the power supply, calculate the total wattage of your strip lights by considering their length and unit wattage. Choose a suitable power supply that matches the voltage requirements of the strip light. We recommend a driver that has at least 10% more power than required.

Ensure seamless integration of additional accessories such as connectors or controllers by verifying their compatibility with your strip lights through manufacturer specification. And don't forget that when installing strip lights in outdoor or wet areas, you need to choose strip lights with a sufficient IP rating to withstand environmental conditions.

Read more about IP ratings for wet areas in this blog post

Bathroom vanity mirror strip lighting and under cabinet kitchen lighting.
Strip lights work well in wet areas, too. You'll find specific products that are rated for contact with splashes. Left: Our Back-lit Vanity Mirror uses strip to bring a luxe feel to bathrooms. Right: LED strips are perfect for under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen.
With a bit of research into the best strip light for your application, you'll be seeing all the different places you can add strip to enhance your home. Keep an eye out for our next blog post in the series, which will detail the different places you can install this versatile product.