Led strip lights are a great way to add color, style, and personality to your bedroom.
When done right, the results are amazing and fulfilling.
Unfortunately, not many people are skilled enough to install LED light strips themselves, not because it’s that difficult to set up, but because they’ve never done it before.
If you fall into this category of people, worry no more. This article is here to simplify the process and help you set up your Led light strips yourself.
How To Set Up LED Light Strips In Your Bedroom
With a little bit of planning, we can make sure that we’re making the right decisions for your bedroom, like cutting the right lengths to have enough led strips to create that personalized design of yours.
Here are the things you’ll need to set up LED lights in your bedroom:
LED Strip Lights
There are many available brands of LED strips out there, but the main thing to note when buying LED strips is the voltages. They’re both 12v LED strips, and 24v LED strips.
Because you’re new to setting up LED strip lights, it’s recommended that you get a 12v LED strip. This is because, in 12v LED strips, they’re shorter distances between cut-line intervals (1 inch for 12V vs. 2 inches for 24V).
But If you wish to get strips for maximum efficiency, the 24V DC is recommended because the chances for voltage drop here are minimal compared to 12v strips.
These are the LED lights that we recommend if this is your first time hanging LED lights.
Power Supplies Or Power Adapters
Because LED strips run on low voltage DC, they will need a power supply device or adapter that converts 120V/240V AC, the appropriate voltage signal that LED strips can use.
The LED controller is essentially a remote control for your lights; with this, you can power light strips on or off, change the color adjusting the brightness level, and switch color-changing modes.
LED connectors will help you to connect two strips end-to-end to make it longer.
Below are recommended tools that you’ll need to ensure that your LED light stays in place and prevent them from falling. These tools will help to hang the LED lights much easier.
- Measuring tape
- Wire strippers
- Black electrical tape
- Sharp scissors
Step By Step Guide
We’re going to walk you step by step, how to install your LED lights in your room. Let’s get started.
Test your supplies
It’s always best to test your LED strips and controllers to make sure they are working properly. This way, returning them would be easy if they don’t work.
What you’re looking for if the lights are functional and the color, color temperature, etc. For the controller, if it’s an RGB (RED, GREEN, & BLUE) system, ensure all the lights come on and you’re getting your desired effects.
Prepare LED Mounting Surfaces
Before you begin, make sure your surfaces are prepared such that mounting your strips will be fast and easy.
To ensure the strips adhere well to your surface, ensure that the surface is clean, smooth, dry, and stable, with examples being a wall, the floor, or even your ceiling. Do not apply on rough or textured surfaces. Make sure to remove all dirt, oil, and other contaminants with a surface cleaning solvent like isopropyl alcohol( 70% alcohol and 30% water). And for oily surfaces, it’s advisable to use acetone rather than alcohol.
Measure Your Surface Lengths
It is advisable that when planning the layout of strip light installation, total length measurement of light strips is required. Also, make sure to measure the length for each leg of the installation. Always keep your measurements close by so you can use them when cutting the LED strips.
How To Cut LED Strip Lights
With a simple pair of scissors, you can easily cut strips by locating marked cuttable segments visible on LED strips. Most common LED strip lights can be cut every three or six LEDs.
Always make sure to cut exactly along the cutting line. Also, ensure you’re leaving enough copper pads on each end of the LED strips as they will be your soldering base for soldering connection or as connection points for solderless LED connectors.
T connect LED light strips; you will need to use a connector clip. Push the open end of the copper end of the strip into the connector clip and close to lock it in.
How To Stick LED Strips To Surfaces
- Firstly, unroll the desired length of LED strips you want to work with.
- To securely attach an LED strip to your surface, Remove the adhesive backing and simply stick to the surface.
- Press down on the LED strip to firmly adhere the strip to the surface, this way, you’re minimizing the chances of getting air bubbles underneath the strip.
Connect The LED Strip To The Main Power Supply
Once your LED strip lights are placed, you can now attach them to the power adapter and controller. Plug it into your electrical outlet and use the remote control. Please turn it on, and press any color on the remote control to change the lighting color. Always make sure to unplug the battery insulation sheet before use.
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Once you plug in the power supply, you should be ready to go! The LED lights add a new vibe to the room you’re placing them in. If you’re adding them to a recording studio, it’s a great way to add ambiance to a dimly lit room.
Other spots that you can place the LED lights are behind TV’s and along with windows. LED lights will instantly attract the eye of the guest when they enter the room.
If you have any questions about changing LED lights, let us know in the comment section below.