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Decoration tip: set beautiful light accents with flexible LED strips

Pink LED strips glued to the sideboard behind the television in the living room

In the past, strips of light were commonly associated with holidays and parties, but today they are widely used in lighting design. The flexible LED strips offer sufficient brightness and enable completely new design options. These versatile lights can be used anywhere: from the living room, where colored LED lights create different moods, to the bedroom, where soft, indirect lighting creates a calm and pleasant atmosphere.

Where can you attach LED strips?

LED strips 12V orange attached to the desk as ambient lighting

Creativity is the key in lighting design and is only limited to technical aspects that have to be taken into account during implementation. However, you shouldn’t exaggerate the wow factor.

In most cases, it is advisable to install the LED strips where shadows form, such as corners, behind and under furniture. The light strips are flexible and can easily be placed around a corner. If necessary, these can be shortened or lengthened to the correct length.

The technical requirements for lighting with LED strips

flexible LED strips RGB purple by the meter

Before buying the LED strips, it is important to look at the technical data. The density of the LEDs on the tape determines the brightness of the lighting produced. In the case of high-performance strips, the assembly density LED / m can even be 240-360 diodes. Of course, the higher the number of LEDs, the higher the power consumption. The supply voltage of the belts is standardized. The most common models are designed for 12, 24 and 230 volts. Low-voltage options such as LED strips (12 volts) as particularly cost and energy efficient. For the connection you need a special power supply unit or a transformer that supplies DC voltage. The IP protection class indicates the resistance of the LED strip to external influences such as foreign bodies and water. A model with protection class IP20, for example, is dustproof, but not protected against moisture. In the bathtub or shower area, the lights must have IP65 or IP67.

The possible uses of flexible LED strips are almost unlimited

LED strips as indirect ceiling lighting better showcase wooden wall cladding

Before you buy LED strips, you not only need to know the operating conditions, but also what effect you want to achieve with them – whether it is a decorative light or a functional lighting. There are basically four ways to create attractive ambient light with LED strips:

Indirect light

With LED light strips, indirect lighting becomes child’s play. Mounted as Ambilight on the television, under the sideboard, behind the bathroom mirror or on the desk – the light strips put objects in the spotlight. You can also use light to emphasize structured surfaces such as a stone wall.

Cold white LED strips under the vanity top in the bathroom

Functional lighting

The LED strips not only convince visually, but also with their high functionality. Due to their versatility, they can be used for various lighting tasks. The strips are perhaps the best solution for lighting under cabinets in the kitchen, because they diffuse the light evenly over the entire work surface. They are also particularly helpful as a light source in a dark closet.

dimmer

With a dimmer you can dim the LED strips to find the perfect brightness for every situation. For example to watch a movie or take a relaxing bath. Dimmed light is gentle on the eyes and gives the room a romantic atmosphere.

Bookshelf with integrated lighting Put books in the limelight

Set accents

With LED strips, attractive light accents can be set with colored or white LED light and certain areas can be highlighted. This allows you to achieve the effect of floating or blurring the edges. The most striking example is the arrangement of the LED strips around the perimeter of the ceiling, creating the illusion that it is floating absolutely weightless in the air and not touching the adjacent walls. LED strips attached under the edge of the bed give the bed a certain lightness.

If you’re looking for an extra creative flair, go for colored RGB LEDs and take advantage of them Power of color psychology. If you want to create an exciting mood in the room, turn on purple light. Green light, on the other hand, stimulates creativity. There are not only different colors of light, but also different lighting programs.

Whether colorful, warm or cold white, LED lights are guaranteed to be a shining eye-catcher!

LED strips integrated behind a glass panel on the wall

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