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Single-colour LED strips

Selecting the right colour temperature for LED strips

With single-colour “white” LED strips, you have a choice of 3 colour temperatures: warm white, neutral white and cool white, whereby the colour temperature should be selected according to the intended use. Warm white light with a colour temperature below 3300K offers a cosy and warm light characteristic. It is thus attractive for living rooms to create a homely feel-good atmosphere. Especially for the evening hours, warm white LED strips with a comparatively low blue component are the right choice for relaxing thanks to suitable light. Warm white light can also be used in the catering sector as well as in all rooms where the focus is on a feel-good atmosphere with a desired dwell time. We recommend matching the colour temperature (in Kelvin) of the desired LED strip to existing light sources to avoid constant chromatic adaptation (white balance) of the human eye. Please note that the human eye can perceive differences in light colour much more sensitively with warm white light than with cool white light, for example. We therefore recommend harmonising LED lighting with existing light sources.
The colour temperature of the light emitted by neutral white LED strips comes closest to pure white or daylight white and has a colour temperature in the range between 3300K and 5300K. Neutral white lighting is predestined, for example, for the design of workplace lighting, public spaces, but can also be used for presentation lighting or for the illumination of sales rooms or shops. However, it can also be useful to use warm white light for certain scenarios in order to use the respective light characteristics to promote products or premises.

Single-colour LED strips above 5000 Kelvin

Cold white light beyond 5000K, on the other hand, unfolds a technically modern light and can be combined very well with metallic and mineral surfaces. However, it is less suitable for main lighting because, on the one hand, it creates a cool lighting atmosphere and, on the other, it does not show human skin in the best light. We therefore advise prospective customers not to install cool white LED strips in bathrooms or cosmetic areas. If the interior allows it, we recommend using warm white LED strips or at least neutral white LED strips. If you do not want to commit to a specific colour temperature because of various requirements for the room and lighting, you can also use CCT LED strips. These strips contain both warm white and cool white LEDs and with the help of a CCT LED controller, the desired colour temperature can be set from “warm white” to “neutral white” to “cool white or daylight white”.

Brightness from accent light to room lighting

Besides colour temperature, the brightness of a lighting system is an important criterion. We offer LED strips in a wide range of brightness levels so that you can find the right LED strip for small lighting accents as well as for main lighting. Although the power consumption of the respective LED strips (expressed in watts per metre), the luminous efficacy (lumens per watt) differs between the LED strips. When putting together your lighting, take into account the light transmittance of the profile cover used. Since LED strips can be dimmed via PWM signal without loss of efficiency, brighter LED strips can also be used to have light reserves available in case of doubt or when needed.

Colour rendering (CRI/ Ra)

Another aspect of LED strips is the colour rendering of the emitted light, expressed as a CRI value (colour rendering index, also known as Ra value). This value expresses how true-to-life colours are represented or reproduced. To create lighting that is as true to colour as possible, LED strips with the highest possible CRI value should be selected. According to EN12464-1, workplace lighting should have a colour rendering index of at least CRI-80 (Ra80), although you will not find any single-colour LED strips in our range that have a colour rendering index of less than CRI-80. In the field of cosmetics and food lighting, we recommend paying attention to the highest possible CRI value.
If LED strips are only to set lighting accents and the proportion of light they emit is rather low compared to the room light, a high CRI value can be dispensed with.

Connecting single-colour LED strips

We offer most of our single-colour LED strips with bare solder contacts, with stranded wires (leads are already present on the LED strip) or with our clamping system for LED strips.
The clamping system makes it possible to connect LED strips with stranded wires quickly and easily and is also suitable for mobile lighting applications because of its fast assembly. Since soldering is not required when using the clamping system, it is a great solution for users without soldering skills who want to create their own LED lighting.
We do not offer the clamping system as a connection method for encapsulated single-colour and also multi-colour LED strips, silicone-coated IP67 NEON LED strips and our narrow LED strips (PCB has a width of only 4mm).