Before cutting the LED strip it’s important to understand a number of key aspects relating to this product. The strip can only be cut at the points that are marked. These cut points are clearly shown by a line across the strip as you can see here.
The cutting distance for LED strip varies. In the samples we have here you can see the cut distance is 100mm for LED light strips with 30 LED’s per metre, 50mm for strip with 60 LED’s per metre, 25mm for strips with 120 LED’s per metre and 15mm for strips with 240 LED’s per metre”
Once you have found the cut line marked on the LED strip simply use the scissors to cut directly along the line as demonstrated here.
Its important to note that LED Strip must ONLY be cut at the specified marks. Cutting the strip in the wrong place will result in some of the LED’s in the cut area not working.
In this example, you can see that the strip has been cut incorrectly. There are two LED’s not lit. Whilst here you can the one that has been cut correctly is fully functional. The LED strip in this example is warm white LED strip from our selection of single colour LED strip lighting, although the same rules apply when cutting our range of colour changing RGB strips.
Now let’s now move on to how a connection can be made to the LED Strip.
We supply our LED strip in lengths of 1 Metre or on full 5 Metre reels. For every length of LED strip you order, it will be pre-fitted with a 2.1mm input socket as shown here. This input cable is part number C4229 should you wish to order additional units. If need to cut down the strip, you will need to take steps yourself to be able to power it as of course cutting the strip down will remove the pre-fitted C4229 input socket.
There are two ways to make additional connections to the strip when you no longer have the pre-fitted input socket to make use of. You can either use a clip on connector or make soldered joints. We will look at the clip on connectors first.
These connectors come in a range of sizes to match standard tape widths of 8mm and 10mm as shown here, and no tools are required to fit them.
Each full 5 metre reel of our LED strip is supplied with 5 of the appropriate clip on connectors. These types of connectors are not suitable for use our Ultra High Brightness series of strip due to its high power output.
To use these connectors offer the connector up to the LED strip and ensure that the RED wire is aligned with the + mark on the strip and that the BLACK wire is aligned with the – mark on the strip.
To fit the connector, gently pull back the black locking bar, Insert the tape into the slot until it is fully located and ensure that the copper connection points are within the body of the connector.
To complete the connection push back the little black clip into its locked position by applying equal force to both sides until it meets the body of the connector, this will lock the tape into position.
Gently pulling on the strip will show that it is locked into place and that a good connection has been made. As you can see the LED strip now has 2 wires connected to it. You can use an LED driver which has screw terminals as input and output connectors to add power to the strip as we show here. Alternatively, these clip on connectors can be used in conjunction with our part number C4349 to facilitate quick powering using a standard power supply which we will demonstrate now.
You can see that order code C4349 is marked with + and – on its casing to indicate which way round the wires should be connected. The 12v LED strip lights is also marked with a + and – so make sure that the wire connected to + on the LED strip is connected to + on the C4349 and do the same for the – wire. Locate the wires in the screw terminals as demonstrated and tighten up the screw terminals. Then to power the LED strip simply plug the connector from the power supply into the C4349.
We will now briefly look at soldering onto LED strip. Soldering is our recommended method as it provides a more secure connection. Here we are soldering our order code C4229, the little 2.1mm input socket cable, onto a length of single colour LED strip. As before you can now quickly power it up using a standard power supply.
All of our non-waterproof LED strip featured in this video comes with a sticky tape backing as shown here. This backing can be peeled off and the LED strip can then be stuck down to an appropriate flat clean surface. Wood, metal & plastic surfaces are generally fine.
For a quality finish you may like to consider our range of Aluminium extrusion for LED strip, a selection of this is shown here. The Aluminium extrusion helps to protect the strip, helps to diffuse the light and also assists with the cool running and long life of the product. Please see the Aluminium extrusion section on our web site for more details.
We’ll now look at powering LED strips. It’s important that you don’t run too much LED strip as a single linear length .