Buying LED Tape - Some More Advice

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Buying LED Tape isn't rocket science.
In fact, its very straight forward.
Here is some more advice on buying LED Tape that will be useful to both first-time and repeat customers.
Chip Size - 3528 or 5050? The LED chips used by LED Tape come in two main varieties; 3528 and 5050.
These numbers refer to the physical dimension of each individual LED chip.
3528 are smaller, measuring 3.
5mm by 2.
8mm, while 5050 are larger, measuring 5mm by 5mm.
The chief difference between these two types of chip, as well as size, is power consumption and brightness.
Generally speaking, LED Tape that uses 5050 chips is brighter and more power intensive than LED Tape that uses 3528 chips.
As well as this, 5050 chips achieve a much wider distribution of light than 3528 chips, creating a smoother, more consistent lighting effect.
In our opinion, tape using 3528 chips should be used for decorative purposes, as the light is more precise.
Tape using 5050 chips should be used for ambient purposes, as the light is more diffuse.
LEDs per metre This is pretty self-explanatory.
The main types of LED Tape available are 30, 60 and 120 LED per metre.
With a greater number of LEDs per metre, the distance between each individual LED is smaller, making for a more consistent beam of light.
When deciding on which to use, ask yourself the following questions: what effect am I trying to achieve and how much light do I need? For example, designers of signage and light boxes are very cautious about the number and type of LEDs per metre they use as they try to reduce the spotting effect created by each individual LED and achieve a more even distribution of light.
Colour When we talk about colour we are not just talking about red, green and blue.
We are also referring to colour temperature.
LED Tape comes in three main types; warm white, cool white and colour changing RGB.
The former two are not colours per se, but rather colour temperatures.
Warm is a close match to a halogen bulb, while cool white is much clear and brighter.
Colour changing RGB gives you the option of 16 static colours, including white, and 4 colour changing modes.
We recommend using warm white in residential areas as the soft light helps to promote relaxation.
It should also be used where more traditional decor is in evidence.
Cool white is better for making a space feel more contemporary.
It works particularly well in kitchens and bathrooms.
Colour changing RGB should be used wherever you want to create a party atmosphere.
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