Everything you need to know about CCT or dual-white flexible strips

LED flexible strips have been around for many years now, successfully featured in hundreds and thousands of different applications. They’re long-lasting, flexible and small, and they are available in a range of colours and white temperatures to suit your different needs. Looking for bulkhead lighting for a hotel? 3000K is your temperature of choice. Looking for general lighting? 4000K will do the job. Lighting the work surfaces in a kitchen? A nice cool 6000K will light those surfaces so that you don’t cut your finger. White LEDs are available in a wide range of colour temperatures – the “normal” range

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Connecting power supplies in parallel or series

Whilst learning about electricity in science class during our formative school years, we were all taught how batteries could be connected in series or parallel, to either increase the voltage or increase the current available. What we learned was relatively simple: Connect two 4V batteries in series and you’d effectively get an 8V battery Connect two 4V batteries in parallel and your “new battery” would effectively last twice as long given the same load It seems obvious then, that it’s equally possible to wire low voltage switching power supplies in parallel or series, to get the same type of result

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The importance of customised flexible strips

LED flexible strips have long established themselves in the lighting industry, used extensively for things like corridor lighting, bulkhead recessed lighting, general accent lighting inside diffused aluminium channels and in signage. What we’re noticing is that so many of our new clients are unaware of something quite simple: Not all LED flexible strips are the same and not all are suitable for your installation Quality There is the obvious difference between a quality LED flexible strip and one which is of poor quality. Some clients are aware of, and insist on high quality LED flexible strips, such as those with

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Controlling digital RGB

RGB LED lighting is wonderful. All those different colours are so visually attractive, artistic – but controlling them is an utterly daunting task unless you’ve had some guidance or worked with them before. In a previous article we wrote about the difference between digital and analogue RGB. Here we’ll focus on how to control digital RGB lights – flexible strips, neon flex, RGB modules or pixel lights. It’s possible to get all of these types of LED lights in what we call digital RGB. With digital RGB you can control an LED matrix, possibly creating your own screen, such as

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Can an LED flexible strip or neon flex really last 50,000 hours?

Many stores and suppliers claim that their LED flexible strips or neon flex will have a lifespan in excess of 30,000 hours – often even 50,000 hours, equating to many years of life. What exactly does this lifespan mean and is it reliable? This article will help you understand what these quoted lifespans actually mean. There are some basics to understand: The lifespan of an LED luminaire is not always the same thing as the lifespan of the LED chip The term lifespan is a misnomer when describing the LED chip Later in this article we will explain why the

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Co-ordinating dimming or RGB control across multiple controllers

Controlling the brightness or RGB colour of a large meterage of Neon Flex or flexible strips, or where you have many disparate sections where you need the brightness to be uniformly controlled across all lengths, or the RGB colour controlled uniformly across all sections, you need to give your installation design a bit more thought. When you have multiple sections of neon flex or flexible strips to be controlled (brightness or colour control) you sometimes will need multiple controllers – possibly because your lighting sections are physically far apart or because the current draw of the lengths exceed what a

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