How Can I Use LED Strip Lights in My Home?
Due to its superior efficiency and versatility, LED lighting is becoming an increasingly popular addition to people’s homes, displacing traditional incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. In particular, LED tape strip lights are now commonly used for home applications since their flexible circuit board allows you to cut and bend the lighting strip to fit any corner or surface.
The versatility of these LED tape light solutions doesn’t end here. In addition to being flexible, these lights also have an adhesive on the back that allows them to be easily installed in any room or on any piece of furniture. To suit these different environments, LED strip lights can also be found in a wide variety of colours to fit any mood or aesthetic. With this amazing versatility and flexibility, it’s no wonder that LED lighting is becoming a staple in many people’s interior design.
Why Choose LED Lighting Over Other Options?
In addition to its versatility, LED lighting also has many other benefits that make it the superior choice for all of your home lighting needs. First of all, LED lighting is far more energy-efficient than incandescent and fluorescent lighting because it doesn’t convert electrical energy into heat as much as the traditional options. Wasting less energy is obviously very beneficial for the environment, but it can also help you save money as LED bulbs have a longer lifespan (potentially reaching up to 25,000 hours) and therefore don’t need to be replaced as often.
Additionally, creating less heat than incandescent and fluorescent bulbs means that LED lighting is much safer. If you install an LED tape light in your home, it won’t become dangerously hot or carry the risk of starting a fire. This means you can enjoy your LED lighting without worrying about safety hazards.
Where Can I Use LED Strip Lights in My Home?
LED tape strip lights are one of the most popular choices for home lighting since they can both illuminate dark spaces and, with their numerous colour options, set a particular mood or enhance a design aesthetic. Because these lights are extremely flexible and versatile, they can be easily installed throughout your home and garden or even on furniture. If you’re wondering how LED tape lighting can be used in your home, here are some of the best ideas:
1) Kitchen lighting
Lighting is extremely important in your kitchen as you’ll need to see clearly to use knives and dangerous appliances safely. Since LED tape strip lights can be applied to a variety of surfaces using the adhesive on the back, it’s extremely simple to place these lights underneath your kitchen cabinets, which will light up all of your kitchen workspaces. The bright white lighting provided by LEDs is also perfect for creating the look of a modern, sleek kitchen.
However, even if you’re not a fan of the modern, minimalistic aesthetic, an under-cabinet LED tape light kit from Ultra LEDs could still be the right choice for you. In addition to bright white, there are many other colours to choose from to suit your preferences, and with LED controllers, you can switch off or dim your lighting with ease or even change the colour settings if you’re getting bored. No matter your design preferences, LED strip lighting always has something to offer.
2) Living room lighting
LED strip lights can really help set the mood when it comes to living room lighting. With a huge variety of colour changing options such as CCT, RGB, RGBW and RGB+CCT LED strips you can create a diverse and ambient atmosphere to suit the mood of the evening or event. For example you can set the lights to warmer temperature on a cold winter night or use colour changing effects for a party.
Using LED strips of this nature will require the use of an LED controller, view our video on how to install and use our LED controllers here.
2) Accent lighting on shelves
Although LED strip lights can provide the main lighting in a room, they’re also equally effective as accent lights to highlight your favourite features in your home. Using an LED tape light kit, you can attach LED strip lights to shelves or display cases to highlight precious objects, awards or collections, or this could simply be an aesthetic choice. Since these lights are so easy to install, you’ll have your accent lighting ready in no time at all.
3) Backlighting and bias lighting for TVs and monitors
Backlighting means illumination from behind, and you’ll probably be familiar with this concept through the popular use of backlighting for TVs. This involves adhering LED tape strip lights to the back of your TV screen, which creates a very modern look. However, the style of this technique isn’t the only benefit, as the illumination of the space around the TV screen, called bias lighting, has been shown to reduce eye strain by evening out the contrast between the bright screen and the dark background.
Backlighting can also be used for computer monitors, giving you the same aesthetic benefits as well as health benefits from bias lighting. For example, if you’re an avid gamer our Daze colour changing plug and play LED strip light kits are perfect for decorating your consoles and furniture to give a high-tech look. These are incredibly simple to install and operate.
For more advanced users you can even find LED Pixel Tape which is perfect for those who like to program ambience and lighting animations.
4) Bathroom lighting
For a sleek and modern bathroom, LED tape strip lights are the perfect choice. Bright LED strip lights around your bathroom mirror will enhance the modern feel of your bathroom and also increase the utility of your mirror by helping you see yourself clearly. If you want to use LED lighting in other areas of your bathroom such as around your shower or bath, then you can find waterproof LED lighting to suit your needs.
5) Accent lighting for your stairs
In addition to highlighting shelves and cabinets, you can also use LED accent lighting on your stairs for both design reasons and to safely light up each step at night. To achieve this, you simply need to cut your LED strips to the right size and attach them underneath each step.
You can also use this lighting solution for outside steps, which will be particularly beneficial at night. With LED tape lights, you can create a modern aesthetic in your home and garden whilst also prioritising safety when using stairs in the dark.
6) Outdoor lighting
Following on from the previous idea, LED strip lights in the form of LED Neon Flex can be used outside in your garden for a variety of functions. These lights can illuminate night time hazards like steps, surround patios and seating areas to help you enjoy your garden well into the evening, and create interesting design features like colour-changing effects around flowerbeds or fountains. To help you with installation, you can find LED Neon Flex that contain all you need to set up LED lighting in your home or garden.
What Do I Need?
If you like the idea of installing LED tape lights in your home, first of all, you need to select your preferred strip light shapes and colours, and there’s no better place to find an extensive range of options than Ultra LEDs. You’ll need strip light connectors if you’d like to join multiple strips together, and you’ll also need an LED driver to regulate the power delivered to your lights. Finally, to control and customise your lighting, you can buy an LED controller to switch lights on and off, dim them, and even change lighting colours. Of course, if you want to simplify this process even further, there are also plenty of LED tape light kits to choose from.
Need More Inspiration?
If you want safe and energy-efficient lights that are totally versatile and customisable, then look no further! LED tape strip lights are perfect for any room in your home, providing both illumination and style. To find more inspiration and discover what’s available, take a look today.