What to consider when buying LED strip lights?

Today we would like to give you some tips for your lighting project. What to consider when buying LED strip lights? Some of you may already know from our previous articles or from other web pages that the lighting market is full of different not only LED strips themselves but LED diode types as well. But let's start with the terminology. LED strips are also well known as LED light strip, LED strip lighting, LED tape, flexible LED ribbon and probably a whole bunch of other names. And guess what? They all are the same thing just called in a different way. But when it comes to the names you may also see some other things like e.g. 4 digit number or a combination of 2 letters and 2 numbers. Now we will explain all that before we go to other important points because in the name are hidden important information about the product.

What to consider when buying LED strip lights

Let's take for example one of our products:

MAX-LED strip 3528 SMD 300 LED IP20

Where MAX-LED is a brand 3528 is a type/size of the diode, in this case, it is 3,5mm by 2,8mm SMD is a type of mounting - Surface Mounted Diode" (all the strips are SMD type but for bulbs or other lights you can also see COB what basically means Chip On Board); 300 is a number of diodes per roll (in this case it is 300 LEDs per 5m); IP20 is an International Protection marking or Ingress Protection marking where the first digit describes the protection against the objects such as dust and the second against liquids such as water.

So what to consider when buying LED strip lights?

For this article, we will focus on 3 types of LED strips (3528, 5050, 2835)


For 3528 diodes the standard width of the strip is 8mm same as for 2835 but you can also find them on the strips with 5mm width. The strips with 5050 diodes are 10mm wide and the width is one of the things to consider when buying an LED strip especially if you are planning to paste them into an aluminium profile. So yeah the size matters at least in this case.

width of a flexible LED strip light


Warm white, neutral white, daylight, cool white, cold white.... again so many names to describe the same thing which is a shade of white (the light appearance provided by the LED). For this factor, not the name is important but the value of a magic letter "K" that stands for Kelvin. The most commonly used lamps are on a scale from 3000K to 6000K (as lower the number is as more yellow the light is, as higher the number is as more blue the light is)

Kelvin scale - colour temperature chart CCT

IP rating

You got to choose wisely in here as the non-waterproof strip cannot be used in the bathroom, outside, or any other wet places. IP20 strips are designed to be used only indoor in dry places or to be placed inside an aluminium profiles. For the bathrooms use an IP rated strip such as IP54 (protected with silicone) or IP65 (protected by NANO technology cover). For the garden use IP67/IP68 strips in plastic tubing.

IP rating explained

Number of LEDs per meter

The number of LEDs per meter is also an important point when choosing a LED strip as it affects the brightness (lumens) and light pattern of a strip. Our LED strips are available in variations:

150 300 600 LED


You may be surprised but LED strips are mostly low voltage products so it basically means that you cannot just plug them into your wall socket (mains voltage) as it will blow the LEDs. To run your strip you will need a transformer to lower the voltage to e.g. 12V, 24V. Always check the packaging for voltage information. If unsure, ask the seller for advice.

electric field low voltage sign


For some of you, the effect may be more important than the cost but you have to have in mind that with a higher Wattage comes higher power consumption what basically means bigger electricity bills.

high wattage

Power supply

When buying an LED power supply, LED transformer or LED driver always have a look at the voltage to make sure you get the right one for your strip and make sure you buy a power supply with a bigger Wattage than your strip! For example, if your LED strip requires 72W (5m RGB 5050 LED strip with 300 LEDs) get at least 90W power supply. This will let the power supply to run cool and extend its lifespan.

mean well LED power supply 240V 230V to 12V transformer


What to consider when buying LED strip lights? There is a lot of LED products on the market and to get the best one that will suit your needs it is not easy but we hope that this article made you aware of things to look at when buying an LED strip and now you will have confidence with making a right choice. Just got to remember! Don't rush, take your time, get the information, look at the specs, make an excel spreadsheet if needed to compare the products and if in doubt? Ask!

We wish you a bright future with High Lumens and Low Wattage.

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