Led strip/tape is an incredible way to bring lighting to places never thought possible. The short length, low profile design and simple adhesive backing bring a large range of possibilities where an LED strip/tape can be placed. But trying to find the perfect location to place the strip/tape can be difficult. Trying to weight the different options of where to place the LED strip for the most light and to avoid hot spots can be difficult to balance and achieve.
Four top tips to suggest:
1.When placing the strips/tapes, understand what area needs to be lit up. Before attaching the LED strip permanently to any surface, assemble the strip with power to see how the strip/tape up. Then hold it where it needs to go with some temporary tape, or have a second pair of hands hold the strip up. Then stand back to see if the strip is bright enough and lights up the desired area. If the light is too bright, attach or purchase an LED dimmer or controller, to bring the level of brightness down. And you can adjust static color choices and various dynamic changes in lighting effects through wireless touch remote control. And according to the actual need of customers, it can carry out jumpy changing, gradual changing, strobe flash and other effects of change.
2.Find what position will project the light in the correct direction. While the LED strip/tape is placed temporarily in place, walk around the strip/tape to see if it projects the light in the direction needed. If the LED strip light projects in the wrong direction carefully detach the strip and slowly rotate the strip until the light shines in the correct direction, then temporarily reattach. The LED strip lights come with a 120 degree beam angle for controllable lighting. The direction of light can be controlled by changing the angle of the surface it is placed on.
3.Avoid hot spots by placing LED strip away from perpendicular surfaces. For example, when LED strip is placed against the back wall of an under cabinet area, the LED’s will individually project on the surface next to the strip as the light from the LED’s do not have enough distance to overlap. To avoid this, try to place the LED strip light at least 1 inch away from any perpendicular surface. If this cannot be avoided, use a light diffuser to create the look of a solid linear light, similar to a fluorescent tube light.
4.Place the LED strip where you won’t see it. After carefully deciding on the area the LED light will light up, check that the strip cannot be seen, as placing the strip in a visible area can be distracting. If the LED strip can be seen, place a small piece or molding or move the strip further inward from the area being viewed. If there are too many reflective surfaces, such as mirrors or chrome surfaces use Aluminum LED profiles with diffusers for a professional finished appearance.
Hope these four tips are useful for your project.