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Can I use a mechanical dimmer switch rated at 600 watts to control all 5 strips?

I need to talk to someone about my project 5- 16 ft runs 0f 3004.40 with 3094.096 triac dimmable power supply. Can I use this mechanical dimmer switch rated at 600 watts? A 24-volt LED flex strip at 14 ft would draw 96 watts x 5 would be well under the 600-watt dimmer rating. 

Based on my review, the 120V Dimmer Switch for LED Light Fixtures within the product link appears to be compatible and able to afford the total 451W power requirements for the five reels of CENTRIC DAYLIGHT™ LED Strip Lights for Commercial & Retail.

FilmGrade WHITE LED Strip Lights for Under Cabinet Lighting

I'm looking to install this as a replacement for my under cabinet lighting in my kitchen. Right now I have 4 separate units that take halogens and they are wired back to a single light switch (not plugged into outlets). I need help to make sure I get everything I need to do so. 

Based on the details provided, we would likely recommend either the 3000K 12V CENTRIC HOME™ LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential or the 3200K 12V FilmGrade™ WHITE LED Strip Lights. It might be helpful to know that the only difference between the two is that the latter option will provide a slightly cooler color point than the 3000K option. 

For use with a wall dimmer, we would likely recommend using the 12V TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply. This product is compatible with a wide variety of wall dimmers and can be controlled with smart home systems as well. Our website also features a set of LayoutMaps which illustrate the most common installations and provide links to the recommended connectors and accessories. 

​For kitchen installations, many of our customers prefer to protect the LED Strip Lights by installing them within the downward-casting flat aluminum channels, which contain diffusers for even light distribution. 

Gapless connector and male/female barrel jack to pigtail wire cable for (PN 3004.30)

What solderless, gapless connector do you recommend for part number 3004.30 LED lighting strip? Is it PN 3072? When you say gapless, does that mean, the light output would be continuous without any "Dead spots" where the lights are joined? Does your male/female dc barrel jack plug fit into an LED track that is 12.55mm wide? If not, what male/female DC barrel jack to pigtail wire cable would you recommend for your "3004.30" lighting strip?

We are happy to confirm that the LED Strip to Strip Solderless Gapless Connector is recommended for connecting segments of the 24V 3000K CENTRIC HOME™ LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential. That being said, it might be helpful to know that the gapless connector is slightly too large to be installed within our aluminum channels, which have a width just large enough to accommodate the 10mm width of the LED Strip Lights. 

When the LED Strip Strip Solderless Gapless Connector is used, we would not expect the connector clasp to substantially block any of the LEDs where the segments are joined. As an alternative to using the connectors, you might alternatively be interested in soldering the segments together directly to prevent all light output blockage. 

Based on my measurements, we can confirm that the barrel jack connector measures to be roughly 12.7mm at the widest point. As such, it does not seem likely that the connection point would be able to comfortably fit within the 12.55mm wide LED track referenced in your email. As such, we would likely recommend using wire nuts to join the wiring to the power source or using soldering to connect the wired segment to power. 

How wide is the LED Strip to Strip Solderless Gapless Connector? Would it fit the 12.55mm LED Track that I have? Can items # 7093 link to the product page (Male DC Barrel Jack to Pigtail Wire Cable) and # 7092 link to the product page (Female DC barrel jack to pigtail wire cable) be used with 24V 3000K CENTRIC HOME™ LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential product? As you can tell I'm trying to avoid soldering unless I absolutely have to.

Based on my measurements, the Gapless Connectors have measurements of 15.875x15.875mm. As such, it, unfortunately, would not appear to fit within the 12.55mm LED track currently in your possession. We do sincerely apologize for any impact this may have on your purchase planning. 

As a further note, we can confirm that the PN87093 and PN7092 could be connected together to join the power supply to the LED Strip Lights for operation. 

Under Cabinet LED Strip Lights and Accessories

I want to order under cabinet LED strip lighting (3000K) and aluminum channel from you and I want to make certain I order all the correct pieces. 

Here is my setup (all connected via one dimmer switch):

- 19' total lighting

- one 4' section, with power supplied at one end

- one 10' section (3' section, 90° turn, then 7' section, power supplied at one end

- 5' section, power supplied at one end.

- 4 down lights (Dimmable GU5.3 LED Bulb, MR16 70W Equivalent Light Bulb) on same circuit.

Can you put together the correct materials list for me from this description? 

To summarize the conversation, we would recommend the two 16.4 ft (5 meters) reels of the 12V 3000K CENTRIC HOME™ LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential along with two 12V TRIAC Dimmable Power Supplies. 

​This product features insulated wire ends, and should not require an additional adapter for connection to the TRIAC power supply. That being said, segmented lengths that do not have the wired ends can be connected to power using the Solderless Connector Cable for Single Color LED Strip (PN 3070).

Individual segments of the LED Strip Lights can be connected using the Solderless Connector for Single Color LED Strip (PN 3071), which can be especially helpful for corners. We also recommend utilizing 16 AWG Wiring to connect any expanses between the power supply and the lights, in an effort to prevent voltage drop. 

The LED Strip Lights are frequently installed within the flat or corner Aluminum Channel for LED Flex Strips, which help to diffuse the light and protect the light sources from damage. 

Why are you recommending 2 power supplies?

Generally speaking, we recommend utilizing one dedicated power supply per reel of LED Strip Lights, though your 19' installation could very well be powered by a single power supply. 

​As the CENTRIC HOME™ LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential utilize 5.5 watts per foot, an installation using 19 feet would require 104.5W, which is just under the maximum 120W output of our 12V power supplies. If the installation required much more than 19', a single power supply would be insufficient for power, which would likely result in reduced light output across the installation. 

Dimmable and WIFI controllable LED Strip for Outdoor Kitchen Lighting

I am looking for an outdoor kitchen under bar-top strip lighting. I would like multiple color selections and dimmable. I would also like WIFI controllable. Do you have products meeting those requirements?

Unfortunately, we do not have any product solutions that incorporate WiFi control and color changing features. The closest match we can offer is a single-color dimming solution using our LED strip lights.

We have included some installation diagrams below for your reference, most of which show the single-color dimming setup:

Do you have any dimmers that fit well in a standard residential light switch box?

I'm wondering if, you have any dimmers that fit well in a standard residential light switch box.

I found your site based on a search for PWM flicker-free lighting. My main concern is EMF/dirty electricity with no flicker/buzzing on my LED strip dimmer as a side effect/bonus so to speak. Can you speak at all to the relative EMF output of your various options? Do your TRIAC-compatible dimmers use forward phase or reverse? From the little info out there I've been able to research both likely are worse than the PWM. 

If I go with your PWM option is there a way to hardwire to the power supply/strips using regular house wiring as the electrical is done on this project and I can't practically run barrel connectors at this point?

I'm keen on your PWM unit and power supply but would be looking to pair it with this dim-to-warm strip: Ribbon Star Dim to Warm LED Strip Light Would it be compatible?

I have provided answers to each of your questions below, which we hope are helpful for your purchase planning process. 

1.) We, unfortunately, do not sell wall dimmers, and we do apologize for any impact this may have on your purchase planning. That said, we have a list of dimmers that have been tested as compatible with our power supplies. 

2.) We can confirm that our products do not create any dirty electricity as rated by FCC standards for EMF emissions.

3.) Our TRIAC Dimmable Power Supplies are compatible with both forward and reverse phase dimmers and use high-frequency PWM (> 20,000 Hz) for effectively flicker-free dimming. 

4.) We can confirm that our power supplies are designed to be connected directly to line voltage, as our TRIAC and Centric Series power supplies do not use barrel jack adapters. For our LED Strip Lights that utilize barrel jack adapters, we recommend utilizing our adapters for connection to the power supply. 

You say non of your equipment produces EMF. What about when I add a TRIAC switch to your dimmable power supplies, would that potentially add any EMFs to the system?

I ended up purchasing the barrel jack style setup, are there barrel jack to DC adapters commonly available at electronics supply stores?

One more follow-up question. I'm planning an RV build and want the dim to warm strips. 24V 5m iP20 2835 White Dim to Warm LED Strip - 196 LEDs/m (Strip Only) - LED Montreal

Are these compatible with your systems and if so is it possible to run them on 12v?

While the power supply is unlikely to introduce any EMF, the TRIAC dimmer possibly could. 

​As far as we are aware, this would depend on the specific dimmer, installation circuit, and other factors. For specific feedback for your installation, we would likely recommend contacting a local electrician for guidance. 

Further, we can confirm that the barrel jack connectors appear to be fairly common. We suspect that your local hardware store or electronic component specialty store would have those items readily available for purchase. 

As the hardware components within LED Strip Lights are voltage specific, we would not expect the 24V LED Montreal product to be compatible with our 12V power supplies or a 12V system. Using mismatched voltage often causes damage to the components, and will likely void the warranties. That being said, a 12V version would likely be useable if it does not exceed the available power of your vehicle battery or a separate RV power source. 

How many lumens per foot this amber strip light has and also what its equivalent color temperature would be in Kelvin? From what I've been reading there isn't necessarily a direct conversion but would it be about 2200K?

The amber LED strip light has a light output of 185 lumens per foot. Please see below for the full specifications:

​Unfortunately, there is no way to accurately convert a non-white light source such as this amber LED strip to a color temperature, but 2200K would be a close approximation if one were to "force" a conversion from 592 nm to CCT.

LED Strip for Under-Cabinet Kitchen Lighting

I am looking to install some under-cabinet lights in my kitchen. I listed the specs for my project below and would love your help in figuring out the right lights, power supply, aluminum channel, etc.

-Run length: 90"

-Distance from wall: 11.5"

-Existing cutout in bottom plywood cabinets: cross-section is 0.75" x 0.75" (will the aluminum channel dissipate enough heat?)

-Color temp desired: 3000k

-Dimmable with Lutron Toggler if possible

-Lumens: Whatever is recommended for the kitchen?

Based on the details provided, we would recommend one 16.4 ft (5 meter) reel of the 24V 3000K CENTRIC HOME™ LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential as well as the 24V CENTRIC SERIES™ Flicker-Free Dimmable Power Supply for LED Strip. These products are compatible with a wide variety of Lutron dimmers, as can be noted from our dimmer compatibility list. 

We can confirm that the aluminum channels do a great job of diffusing the heat that LED Strip Lights generates during operation. As your installation does not appear to be anchored to the junction of the cabinets and wall, we would likely recommend the flat version of the channels for even illumination on the counter surfaces beneath them.

If you would like to enter the dimension of your kitchen space in our Lumen Estimation Calculator, it will provide you with an illumination target as well as a recommendation for the total lighting needed to meet that goal. 

Is it possible to turn on/off the Color Space RGB with a wall switch without the remote controller?

I am interested in this light strip. I want to use the power supply and plug it into my switched outlet for on/off. How do I control the color I do not want to use a controller to turn on/off the lights

Is it possible to turn on/off with a wall switch without the remote controller?

It might be helpful to know that while single color LED Strip Lights only require a power supply and optional dimmer for operation, multi-color RGB products will require a dedicated controller for the adjustment of each color channel. That said, we unfortunately do not have a dedicated product for controlling the color of the RGB LED Strip Lights using a wall switch. 

We commonly recommend using either a third-party RGB WiFi/IR controller for simple installations or our FilmGrade™ DMX LED Dimmer & Decoder with a Third-Party Controller for more complex studio installations. 

Though we have not performed compatibility testing with the majority of third-party controllers, there appear to be several wall-panel options that connect to RGB power supplies available on Amazon and other marketplaces. ​

What is the difference between the "CENTRIC SERIES" and "TRIAC" dimmable power supplies?

What is the difference between "flicker-free" and triac dimmers? What do you mean by "flicker free"? Are you somehow varying a DC voltage and current, doing a high rate voltage PWM, or PWMing the current while keeping the voltage constant?

​The only difference between the "CENTRIC SERIES" and "TRIAC" dimmable power supplies is the footprint. The electrical properties for both product lines are the same.

​At full power, the output does not have any PWM in the signal, but when dimmed, the light output is reduced via PWM.

​If you PWM, at what rate?

Our current product iteration utilizes 400 Hz PWM when dimmed. We have completed prototypes and expect to launch a 20 kHz version (when dimmed) within the next few months.

​What is the lowest dim level with the Caseta dimmer? I thought I saw somewhere on your website that it goes down to ~0, somewhere else, the lowest dim level was much higher

Based on our testing with the Lutron Caseta setup, the lowest dim level was 0.2%.

Are your dimmers appropriate at the power levels I need, or are they oversized / drop significantly in efficiency?

​Each power supply has a rated power capacity of 96 watts, so the 22-watt and 35–40 watt LED strip runs will not be an issue. As you mentioned, they can be connected to a single wall dimmer so that the two LED strip runs are "synchronized."

​Is there a way to somehow trim the dimers to make sure that both strips dim consistently; Also, can I set the top dim level down if the strips are somehow too bright for this application?

​Unfortunately, there is no way to adjust the trim on the power supplies themselves, but there are several dimmers on the market that have adjustable trim dials, which may accomplish what you are looking for. If we recall, the Lutron Caseta does not have this feature at the hardware level, but there may be some features inside the software that would allow you to program your preferences.

Do you have data sheets? I did not see them on the website 

​We do not have datasheets published yet, but if you have any further technical questions, we would be more than happy to assist!

Do you have a recommended magnetic switch for LED strip systems?

I am installing/designing LED lighting inside 7 closets. As a test, I recently purchased a 24V 2700-degree strip, AC/DC adapter, and dimmer from Waveform. I am trying to find a compatible NO Reed/magnetic switch. Does WFL have recommendations? 

Options I found: • (incompatible wire gauge/plug) (Australia) Also, I bought 24V because your website suggested greater efficiency, etc than 12V. If a magnetic switch is not conducive to 24V then should I consider switching to a 12V system? 

We don't have any first-hand data or testing to verify, but most third-party magnetic switches should be compatible with our LED strip systems. We did take a look at the links you provided and conceptually they look to be compatible with our LED strips.

The one concern we have is with the current rating. Only the Inspired LED product page shows a specific max current specification - "Max load not to exceed 5A" - which should be more than sufficient (our LED strips draw 3.8 amps per 16.4 ft reel) but with the other products not indicating a specific max current rating, that would be something to double check. Our LED strips draw 225 mA per foot, so depending on the total installation length, you'll have to do a bit simple math to determine the total current draw.

Going to 12 volts may be a viable option if that opens up more product options for magnetic switches. Otherwise, the 24 volt version, as you mention, provides a slightly more efficient and cooler system.

Do you have the profile for the FilmGrade LED lights to use for the ADJ DMX 3.0 controller?

I have the DMX 512 & RDM Decoder. I also have an ADJ DMX 3.0 controller connected to the Decoder. 

The software for the ADJ 3.0 controller would work best if I had the profile for the FilmGrade LED lights to use all of the ADJ program features. I have purchased the FiveSpect 5-in-1 LED Strip Lights.

Can you tell me the profile that would work to allow me to get the most out of my lights?

Our FiveSpect LED strip lights and DMX decoder do not have any specific DMX profile recommendations, as long as the control system can provide five distinct channels of light output (red/green/blue/daylight/tungsten).

That being said, we've taken a look at the American DJ website and product page to attempt to locate information on their Fixture Profiles but was unable to locate a specific list or additional information on any profiles. If you can locate this list we'd be more than happy to take a look!

Alternatively, the support staff at American DJ may also be able to better recommend a specific profile setting based on our LED strip light parameters, and we'd be more than happy to answer any technical questions that may arise.

UV LED Strip for Bedroom Lighting

I plan to have 8 feet of 365nm UV strip in each of the 4 corners of the 12 x 11-foot room. Could you advise me on what to order? 

As a primary step, it might be helpful to know that our realUV™ LED Strip Lights have a maximum combined length of 16.4 ft. Connections that are greater than 16.4 ft will result in a voltage drop and reduced output. As such, we typically recommend utilizing one dedicated power supply per full reel of realUV LED Strip Lights. 

It would appear that your installation would require two full reels, as well as two dedicated power supplies. If you would like to use wall dimmers, we would likely recommend the 12V TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply. 

In the hopes that it is useful for your installation planning, we have shared a LayoutMap diagram from our website below. This diagram features links to the connectors and power supplies that are most often recommended for installations similar to the one described. 

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 7021_4C

That being said, please note that the realUV LED Strip Lights outputs light in the UV-A wavelength range, which is a weaker form of ultraviolet radiation that is found in natural daylight. As such, while there are fewer concerns than with other ultraviolet products that fall under the UV-B or UV-C wavelength ranges, we have some general safety guidelines that we would recommend following:

The ultraviolet emitters have a very high intensity when used at a very short distance, but less so at longer distances. Therefore, ensuring that people or animals do not come near the UV source can help reduce the risk of any eye safety issues. Ultraviolet energy is mostly invisible to the naked eye. It can be difficult for the vision system to recognize a high level of UV “brightness” and produce a natural response to squint or look away, in the way that natural white light would.

Do you think that I would be better off ordering 2 flood lights instead?

Generally speaking, while the realUV LED Flood Lights offer a more simple installation that requires fewer connections and power supplies, they are comparatively limited in their ability to be used with wall dimmers. 

​So long as your installation does not require fine-tuning of output or connection to wall dimmers or in-wall power supplies, you may find more benefit in using the realUV LED Flood Lights over the realUV LED Strip Lights. 

What equipment do I need to allow WiFi control for FilmGrade Hybrid LED Strip?

If I purchase the FilmGrade Hybrid LED Strip Light Strip, FilmGrade DC Power Supply, and the FilmGrade hDMX-512 LED Dimmer & Decoder, what equipment do I need ieRF Signal receiver to allow WiFi control? What would you recommend?

While we have not performed substantial internal compatibility testing with these products, it appears that this third-party result from Amazon may be able to provide you with mobile control of the FilmGrade™ HYBRID LED Strip Lights. 

This item would likely provide a less complex installation process than the FilmGrade™ DMX LED Dimmer & Decoder with a 5 Channel Output product, which is designed more for the benefit of controlling networked industrial lighting.

Color Changing LED Strip for Floating Shelves Lighting

I'm installing floating shelves, and installing a channel below for strip lights. I'd like to be able to change colors (not temperature, per se, but actual colors - red, blue, etc.) so I think this leaves me with two options based on what I'm seeing on the site:

1. ColorSpace™ RGB Color Changing LED Strip Lights

2. FilmGrade™ FiveSpect 5-in-1 LED Strip Lights (this model doesn't seem to apply to me b/c it's only able to do one color/you can't switch them on the fly).

I'm not sure what "color tunable" means for # 2. How does this differ from # 1?

 The Hybrid LED Strip Lights contain two color temperature LEDs, those being the 3200K and 6500K. Dimmer products can be used to control the intensity of each channel in order to simulate a color temperature between those two, such as 4000K or 5500K.

In comparison, our FiveSpect LED Strip Lights contain five color channels, those being red, green, blue, tungsten, and daylight. Using a connected DMX Dimmer and Decoder or DMX Controller, the individual LEDs can be adjusted to simulate any visible color point. I have attached a link to our LED Spectrum Simulator, which offers previews of the color options that the Fivespect and ColorSpace RGB products can provide. 

What's the difference b/w 12V and 24?

The primary difference between the 12V and 24V versions of our products is the maximum combined length, which is defined by the voltage. Our 12V products have a maximum combined length of 16.4 ft, whereas the 24V versions have a maximum combined length of 32.8 ft. Beyond this, the 12V LED Strip Lights also feature shorter cuttable sections than the 24V version. 

You list 'recommended accessories' for # 2 but not # 1. You also have spec sheets available for download for # 2 but not # 1 so I'm not sure I suspect # 1 will do the job for me as # 2 seems like it's geared for more commercial-based setups but the lack of add'l details about what else I need to order with it makes it difficult for me to understand what else I need to buy.

We do apologize for any confusion that the lack of a specification sheet for the ColorSpace™ RGB Color Changing LED Strip Lights may have caused. In the hope that it proves to be helpful, please note that both products would require the same connection accessories and power supplies. 

I'm not really seeing a way to control the changing of the colors.

We recommend utilizing our DMX Dimmer and Decoder product alongside a third-party controller such as the American DJ myDMX 3.0 DMX Controller and Software​ to adjust each channel. 

In short, I'm lost. I think I need to purchase ColorSpace™ RGB Color Changing LED Strip Lights  [12 or 24V?] + a power supply [which one ?] + a 'controller' [to be able to change the desired color]

As your installation would utilize only 8.6 feet, we would likely recommend utilizing the 12V ColorSpace™ RGB Color Changing LED Strip Lights as well as a 12V power supply, such as the FilmGrade™ DC Power Supply for LED Strip or TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply. 

LED Strip Lights and Accessories Needed for Garage Lighting

I have a 20x20 garage and am looking to get some of your products. I added them to the shopping cart but I know I am missing a couple of things. Items I have included so far:

1. Triac Dimmable Power Supply

2. Absolute Series LED Flex Strip - 99 CRI - 16ft

3. Aluminum Channel for LED Flex Strip (FLAT)

My goal is to have 4 sections of light mounted to the ceiling of our garage to give good 360-degree lighting. The goal right now would be to have 4 x 4ft sections of lights creating a square. The ends wouldn't be touching unless that really complicates the setup.

The goal is to get a dimmer switch and have this next to the other light switch on the wall currently.

What other items would you suggest I get to make this happen? I also haven't soldered before but have no problem learning that. I just don't know how to properly run power to this new switch on the wall to support this type of lighting.

Based on my review of your email, we would likely recommend adding the Female DC Barrel Jack Plug Adapter, LED Strip to Strip Connectors, and a pack of 16 AWG wiring for connection to the TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply. 

Beyond the three above products, we believe that all required components are included in your cart. As a side note, it might be helpful to know that the ABSOLUTE SERIES™ LED Flexible Strips have a maximum combined length of 16.4 ft (5 meters). 

Connections that are greater than 16.4 ft will encounter voltage drop and reduced output. As such, we recommend utilizing one deviated power supply per full reel of the ABSOLUTE SERIES™ LED Flexible Strips. 

As a final note, we have attached a link to the list of wall dimmers that have been tested and found as compatible with our LED Strip Lights and TRIAC Dimmable Power Supplies. 

This might be the first electrical job I try myself. Do you have recommendations for how to online somewhere or an article? Or, do you recommend I get an electrician?

We have attached several resources from our website below, which we hope prove to be helpful for your installation planning process. 

As a notable distinction for the LayoutMap below, it might be helpful to know that the ABSOLUTE SERIES LED Strip Lights utilize a barrel jack adapter for power connection. When using this product with the TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply, we recommend using the Female DC Barrel Jack Plug Adapter for easier future adjustment. 

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1B

LED Strip Lights - Everything You Need To Know Before You Buy

Getting Started with LED Strip Lighting For Your Home

How to Connect An LED Strip to a Power Supply 

All of that said, we can certainly understand any hesitations that may arise from wiring power supplies to ground voltage for the first time. If you are apprehensive about the installation process, we would recommend reaching out to a local electrician for assistance. 

Is it possible to have longer-distance wiring connecting the 4 sections of an LED? My plan was similar to a map but the distance between each section was going to be longer.

For the aluminum case that they go in, do you recommend any space at the ends of the strip or the strip can go tight up against the ends of the casing?

While the segments can certainly be connected over long distances using 16 AWG Wire, it might be helpful to know that great expanses may introduce voltage drop. Voltage drop typically reduces the maximum light output and may cause performance issues.

In the hopes that it proves to be helpful for your installation planning process, we have attached a link to our Voltage Drop Calculator tool below. 

Voltage Drop Calculator

Regarding the aluminum channels, please feel free to install the LED Strip Lights that the LED Strip Lights are aligned to the end of the channels. ​

LED Strip Light Recommendation for Front Room Installation

I am looking to light my front room with an LED Light strip, preferably 1 power source for my front living room (79 feet total). The room has 10 feet high Barrel ceiling with a piece of trim 8’ up the wall. I wanted to run the strip around the entire room on top of the trim (5/8 inch thick) and use a diffuser strip, maybe V-shaped. There are eight 45-degree angles (the fireplace pops out 1’). Need dimmable, very bright (95+), and perhaps able to change color although the dimmable super bright white is most important. Would prefer to have it wired to a light switch on the wall and a remote to control the colors. Interested in the multicolor or just white?

Based on the details provided, it appears that the installation area would require five 16.4 ft reels of our LED Strip Light products. 

As a starting point, it might be helpful to know that our LED Strip Lights have maximum combined lengths of 16.4 ft for the 12V version, and 32.8 ft for the 24V version. As each foot of LED Strip Lights uses 5.5W, we generally recommend one dedicated power supply per full reel of product. 

For a multi-color installation, we recommend the FilmGrade™ FiveSpect 5-in-1 LED Strip Lights, which can be combined with the DMX Dimmer and Decoder as well as a third-party DMX Controller for the adjustment of each color channel. 

If a single-color white LED Strip Light is preferable, we have many options that can be powered by the TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply and easily connected wall dimmers and smart home systems. For residential installations, we often recommend the 2700K or 3000K options of the CENTRIC HOME™ LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential. 

As can be noted in the LayoutMap below, multiple TRIAC Dimmable Power Supplies can be connected to the same dimmer so long as the maximum amperage is not exceeded. 

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1C

We will want the white only dimmable strips. As bright as we can get 24V. Looks like we will need 2 of them and will need 2 power sources. Ran into one dimmable strip. You didn’t mention the V-shaped track with a cover that disperses the light as not to see the individual LED lights. Do you carry those? If not, how wide are the LED strips?

We, unfortunately, do not have any V-shaped tracks, and we do sincerely apologize for any impact this may have on your installation planning. 

Currently, we have both the flat and corner version of the aluminum channels available, which are able to accommodate the 10mm width of our LED Strip Lights. That said, third-party manufacturers such as Klus Design appear to have many other form factor options available. 

LED Strip Light and Accessories for Kitchen Lightning

I am currently replacing my cabinets and want to install under-cabinet lightning. My kitchen has three sections. A 27" cabinet, space for a hood, Three cabinets with 54" lf, window gap of 7', and then a 30" cabinet. I was planning to purchase the LED tape strip as they easily install. I am confused about what to purchase to connect to Alexa and allow direct wire. 

We are happy to confirm that our LED Strip Lights and power supplies are compatible with many smart home hub systems, such as Lutron Caseta, that can be controlled with Alexa and Siri integrations. 

Based on the details provided, it does appear that the 3200K FilmGrade™ WHITE LED Strip Lights could be a great option. In the hopes that it proves to be helpful, we have attached an article on the topic below for your review. 

Dimming LED Strip Lights and LED Bulbs using Smart Lighting Systems 

For your installation planning, it might be helpful to know that these products have a maximum combined length determined by the input voltage. The 12V version has a maximum run of 16.4 ft (5 meters), whereas the 24V option has a maximum run of 32.8 ft (10 meters). Lengths that exceed those will encounter increasing voltage drop and reduced light output. 

Further, as both versions require 5.5 watts per foot, each reel will require 90.2 watts. As our power supplies offer up to 120 W power output (120W/10A for 12V, and 96W/4A for 24V to meet Class 2 rating). Given this, we usually recommend utilizing one dedicated power supply per 5-meter reel of LED Strip Lights. 

We have shared several LayoutMap links below, which illustrate the common installation methods that our customers utilize. These pages also contain descriptions and links to each of the recommended connector accessories. As can be noted within 3001-1C, multiple in-wall power supplies can be connected to the same wall dimmer. 

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3002_3D

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3002_3E

Signal Chain for Connecting the Color Tunable LED Strips

I'm working to integrate about 128 linear feet of the color tunable strips into an upcoming installation. We would ideally be controlling dimming and color via DMX, but I'm not sure I'm quite fully understanding the signal chain for connecting these, and how best to actually wire them so they act as a single unit. 

As a starting point, it might be helpful to know that the FilmGrade™ HYBRID LED Strip Lights have a max run of 32.8 feet. Due to this, any connected lengths that exceed that length will encounter voltage drop and decreased light output. 

As a further consideration, our 24V power supplies have a maximum output of 96W in accordance with class 2 ratings. As each foot of the Hybrid LED Strip Lights requires 45W per reel, roughly two full 16.4 ft reels can be connected to a single power supply. 

As can be noted within the user manual for the DMX Dimmer and Decoder product, multiple units can be daisy chained together. When they have been connected, the downstream units will emulate the settings of the primary upstream DMX Dimmer and Decoder. 

So I could use a single power supply and a single DMX unit per ~32 feet of tape, and have them all talk to each other. Correct?

I think this makes sense. Are the products I sent earlier the correct ones?

We can confirm that so long as each ~32-foot length has a dedicated DMX Dimmer and Decoder as well as a dedicated power supply, the installation should allow for daisy-chained operation. 

If any of the LED Strip Lights of DMX Dimmer and Decoder units wind up being unneeded for your installation, please feel free to take advantage of our 30-day return policy. 

So long as the LED Strip Lights are in their original condition and have not been cut or altered, including the adhesive backing being removed, we will gladly provide you with a prepaid return label. 

As the FilmGrade™ HYBRID LED Strip Lights requires a 24V power supply, we would recommend the matching voltage 24V FilmGrade™ DC Power Supply for LED Strip (PN3092). Further, as the power supply uses a barrel-jack adapter, your installation may benefit from utilizing the Female DC Barrel Jack Plug Adapter (PN7094) and extra wiring for connection to the DMX Dimmer and Decoder power contact pads. 

LED Strip and Accessories Needed for Display Cabinet

I want to buy a roll of your CENTRIC HOME™ LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential Quantity (x2), but I don't see info on the length of the roll. I need about 11 feet + whatever connectors are needed to separate them into 4 pieces, connected by cables each of which would be about 2 feet long.

We can confirm that the CENTRIC HOME™ LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential are sold in reels that are 16.4 ft (5 meters) in length. 

These reels have designated cut points with contact pads that can be used to segment and re-connect the strip lights to our PN 3071 solderless connectors. 

This LED strip product requires a DC 12V or 24V power source to operate. We recommend a minimum power supply capacity of 96W when operating the entire 16 ft. reel.

We have also attached two LayoutMap links from our website below which feature links to each of the recommended connector accessories. 

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1B

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3002_2B

Recommended Flexible LED Strip Light for Celtic Harp

I need a sticky back flexible light strip to tape to the underside neck of a Celtic Harp. Most strings are whitish, and some are red and blue. Certain stage lighting can cause a vibrating string to become invisible = not good. What K value of light would work best?

Based on the details provided, it sounds as though a low flicker rate of the stage lighting may be causing the vibrating strings to appear invisible, rather than the ‘Kelvin’ color temperature of the lights. As such, we would likely recommend utilizing a flicker-free power supply to pair with our flicker-free LED Strip Lights in your preferred color temperature to solve the issue at hand. 

While we are not familiar with the most common color temperatures of lighting that might be used for cello stage performances, we are happy to confirm that our LED strip lights are available in a broad set of color temperature options. Further, we can confirm that color temperatures are not linked to flicker rates, as each of our color points allows for flicker-free output. 

For powering the cello-attached LED strip lights, we would recommend the FilmGrade™ DC Power Supply for LED Strip. This product can provide flicker-free output and can be connected to wall sockets for power. As many of our LED Strip Lights are available in both 12V and 24V options, we recommend selecting a power supply of a matching voltage. 

Which Strip do you recommend?

-Considering I will be using a 12 V Lithium Battery Pack for boosting batteries (Electrical Instrumentation background)

-I need 3K to 4K light tone and 10 ft flexible sticky back strip

-Since it is against wood (classical harp), do I need to be concerned with heat

Based on the details provided, we would likely recommend our 16.4 ft (5-meter) reel of the 3200K FilmGrade™ WHITE LED Strip Lights. These strips have designated cut points every .984” (25 mm) which can be used to divide them into the preferred lengths. 

As can be noted within the referenced article, we have measured an average temperature rise of 54°F (30°C) over ambient temperatures. If the wood material or finish upon the wood is sensitive to such rises in temperature, we would recommend selecting a third-party light product that has a lower LED density to protect the material. 

While batteries could potentially be used to power the LED Strip Lights, we generally recommend pairing them with a FilmGrade™ DC Power Supply for LED Strip. A dimmer can also be connected in-line to adjust the output. 

LED Strip and Required Accessories for Under-cabinet Task Lighting

I am ordering LED strip lighting PN 3004.40, power supply PN 3092, Flicker Free Dimmer PN 3081, aluminum channel PN 3060, and barrel jack products PN 7095 PN 7094. Are all of these components compatible? To the 2nd question, I am looking for good under-cabinet task lighting in the kitchen. Is the color temperature 4000 a good choice? 

Based on our review of the contents, it appears that all required items are both present and compatible. In the hope that it proves to be helpful for your installation planning, we have attached a LayoutMap link from our website below for an installation using connected LED Strip Lights segments. 

While we typically recommend the 3000K color temperature for kitchens, the 4000K color temperature option can also be a great choice for providing a neutral white color for cooking preparation areas and task lighting. 

If a warmer color winds up being preferable or if any connectors purchased are unneeded, please let us know and we would be happy to provide a prepaid return label. So long as the LED Strip Light has not been cut or altered, we can accept it as a return. 

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3002_2B

Can I switch between IR (850) and Absolute Series LED Strip?

We would like to be able to use one LED strip and be able to switch between 850 and white light from day to day. Do you have any solution for this?

Unfortunately, we do not have a single product that would be capable of the output range referenced, and we do sincerely apologize for any impact this might have on your purchase planning. 

As an alternative, you might be interested in utilizing an installation that uses a combination of our Infrared 850 nm IR LED Strip Light and ABSOLUTE SERIES™ LED Flexible Strip. This installation could be accomplished by connecting the two products to a shared dimmer or a shared 12V power supply. 

Does your TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply create heat?

I'm planning on creating an installation to bring much-needed light to my living room. (A 16 ft continuous run along 1 wall connected to a dimmer switch on the wall. My question is: Does the Power Supply create heat? That is, could I drop the TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply unit behind the drywall, or would that be a fire hazard? 

We can confirm that the TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply will generate a small amount of heat while operating. We would not expect that this heat would cause a fire hazard. 

Further, when these products are installed behind drywall we typically recommend purchasing the optional junction box to protect the power supply and allow for ease of future adjustment. 

Here’s the circuit I’m planning. Before I order, does that look right to you?

Lutron Wall Dimmer switch 

Power Supply 

LED 24V Strip 16 ft. 

LED Connector Strip 

LED 24V Strip 16 ft.

Based on our review, it appears that the Lutron Diva (PN DVWCL-153PH-WH) is among our list of tested and compatible wall dimmers. As such, we would not expect any issues to arise when using it with our products. 

That being said, we typically do not recommend utilizing DC Power Supplies with in-wall dimmers and connection to in-wall power. As an alternative, we would likely recommend two units of the 24V TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply for LED Strip, as the total voltage requirements of two reels (180.4W) would exceed the available supply from a single unit (96W). 

In the hopes that they prove to be useful for your installation planning, we have attached two LayoutMap links below which illustrate installations that use our power supplies and in-wall dimmers. These pages also feature links to each of the recommended connecter accessories. 

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1C

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1B

If I wanted to put each LED Strip on its dimmer (16 ft per dimmer, vs 32 ft on 1 dimmer.

Power Supply: Do I need to order another Power Supply? I have already ordered the one you recommended below, but that was for 32’ on 1 dimmer. Do you recommend 2 of the same product or 2 different products?

Switch: What dual dimmer switches do you recommend? I do not see any on the list. 

Based on our review of your recently placed order and diagram, we would recommend utilizing a total of two identical 24V power supplies, with one dedicated to each 16-foot length of the product. 

Though the 24V LED Strip Lights have a maximum combined length of 32.8 feet, each foot requires 5.5 watts of power. As the 24V TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply can offer a maximum of 96W, 24 feet of LED Strip Lights would require a much greater 180.4W of power than could be supplied by a single unit. 

Unfortunately, it does not appear that any of the dimmers within our compatibility list features dual controls, and we do sincerely apologize for any impact this might have on your installation planning. 

LED Strip Light and Accessories for Mirror Installation

I’m totally new in this light world. I’ve been a hairstylist for over 10 years and I know how important the lights are even after dark. I’m trying to install strip lights around the mirrors looking for 4000K. I need a plug in no dimmer what do I need? 

Based on the details provided, we would likely recommend using the 24V FilmGrade™ DC Power Supply for LED Strip and the 4000K 24V CENTRIC DAYLIGHT™ LED Strip Lights for Commercial & Retail. As the LED Strip Light does not contain pre-attached adapters, we would recommend utilizing the Female DC Barrel Jack Plug Adapter to connect it to the power supply. 

In the hopes that it proves to be helpful, we have attached several LayoutMap links below which contain installation diagrams for the ENTRIC DAYLIGHT™ LED Strip Lights. These links also contain information regarding any of the optional and required connecter accessories. 

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3002_2A

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3002_2B

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3002_2D

Planning on installing strips around large square mirrors can I place them in the corners? Do I need to buy corner connecters?

We would recommend utilizing the LED Strip to Strip Solderless Connecters for the connection of LED Strip Light segments at the corners of the mirror installation.​

Can I use a Lutron Caseta Switch with your transformer driver and third-party LED Strip?

I had an issue finding a wall switch. Finally found this one and want to use it with your hard-wired or maybe I can use barrel jacks.

Wave Form - FilmGrade™ DC Power Supply for LED Strip

YUJILEDS® High CRI 95+ IP67 Waterproof LED Flexible Strip - 24V

For installations using in-wall power, we recommend using the 24V TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply for LED Strip instead of the FilmGrade™ DC Power Supply for LED Strip. This power supply is compatible with most models of wall dimmers, which include the Lutron Caseta Wireless In-Wall Dimmer featured in the photo that you provided. 

Please note that as this 24V product has a maximum output of 96 watts, it would not be able to provide sufficient power for a product that requires 150W. If the YujiLEDs product requires 150 watts of power, we recommend using a third-party power supply capable of providing that output. For reference, we do not have any power supplies capable of providing 150 watts. 

Could I get the UV LED Strips segmented for a Pool Table?

I'm interested in buying your True UV LED Strips for a pool table and was wondering if there was a way I could get the strips segmented out for each side of the table so the balls going into the pocket wouldn't damage the strips.

It might be helpful to know that the realUV™ LED Strip Lights are designed with designated cut points every 0.984 inches (25 mm) for installations requiring various segment lengths. 

These cut-points include solder pads, which can be connected to power (or other segments) using soldering or LED Strip Connectors. 

Regarding protection against damage, we would likely recommend installing the lights within products such as our Aluminum Channel for LED Flex Strip. While these channels are only available in 3.3 ft (1 meter) lengths, we have heard that other customers have divided these channels using handsaws for precise measurements. 

Is there a way that you could cut them to my measurements and install connectors between them? would make things a lot more convenient for me seeing as I have no soldering gun or experience soldering.

As we are unable to ship custom-cut orders, we would likely recommend using the solderless LED Strip to Strip and Gapless Connecters as an alternative option. 

These products were designed to easily clasp upon the LED Strip Light segment's contact points for connection to power sources, and would not require any soldering. 

Can I use your solderless connectors to connect as many UV LED Strips as I want? That being said, other than a 12V power supply (planning on using the strip connectors around all 6 pockets and the strip-to-strip to connect the 3.2-meter strips), should this theoretically do the trick and illuminate my UV reactive pool balls?

It might be helpful to know that the LED Strip Lights have a hardware-defined maximum combined length of 16.4 ft. When continuous runs exceed that length, voltage drop and diminished output will be experienced. To overcome this, we usually recommend one dedicated power supply per full reel of LED Strip Lights. 

As a further note, each LED Connector will cause a minute drop in the voltage being provided to each subsequently connected LED Strip Light length. As such, you may find that using an excess of connectors within a 16.4 length will result in slightly reduced output. 

Beyond the two recommended power supplies and the single-color connectors, it appears that the items in your cart should theoretically illuminate the pool table playfield. In the hopes that it is useful, we have attached two LayoutMap links below. The first is for a segmented realUV installation, and the latter is for an installation where two reels and power supplies are connected to a single wall dimmer. 

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 7021_4C

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1C

LED Strip Lights and Accessories for Kitchen Lighting

I've attached a layout for the CENTRIC HOME LED strip LIGHTS that I'm thinking of buying for my kitchen. 

The total length of the cabinets (17') is slightly more than the (16') length of the light strip kit. Do you have a recommendation for how to lay out it?

As the total length of the cabinets is slightly greater than the 16.4 ft reel of the product, you may be interested in connecting an additional small segment of LED Strip Lights via a second purchased reel, as a slightly greater connected length should not overly tax the single connected power supply.

Based on the attached layout distances, which TRIA dimmable Power supply should be purchased 24V DC or 12V? Will a single power supply be enough if powered from one end of the run?

 If you were to utilize an additional segment of LED Strip Lights, we would recommend using 24V products, as they have a greater maximum combined length than the 12V version (32.8 ft vs 16.4 ft). We also recommend selecting LED Strip Lights and power supplies of matching voltage to ensure functionality. 

I will be using the flat Aluminum Channel for the light strip --so all connections must be soldered. Are any special connector cables needed for other connections?

While soldering on the LED Strip Light solder pads is an option, you may also be interested in our LED Strip to Wire and LED Strip to Strip accessories, as featured within the LayoutMap. 

I am planning to make an order of the following items have I left anything out to make this system function properly:

(1) CENTRIC HOME LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential-2700K Voltage (12V or 24V?)(1 or 2?) TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply-to be hardwired and used with a wall dimmer (junction box or no junction box?) (24V or 12V ?)(1) 16 AWG Wire for LED Strip lights 33'(2) Aluminum Channel for LED Flex Strip-5 pack

It appears that the referenced set of products is sufficient for your installation unless additional connector accessories are preferred. 

The power supply junction box can be useful for insulating the power supply when installed behind drywall, though some customers prefer to place the power supply within the cabinet toe kick for easier accessibility. 

It might also be helpful to know that the cooler 3000K color temperature is most often recommended for kitchen installations, whereas the warmer 2700K is more common for living areas and bedrooms. 

What the actual PWM rate of LED Dimmer?

I’m thinking about getting an Absolute 16’ strip and might decide to also buy your FilmGrade PWM dimmer to put in between the power supply and the strip. What is the PWM rate (Hz) on this dimmer? Specs indicate it was tested on frame rates up to 240fps but I’m wondering what the actual rate is. The specs for the other DMX dimmer indicate 30kHz so I’m hoping the FilmGrade dimmer is at least 25kHz as recommended in your support docs about dimming/flicker. 

We can confirm that the PWM rate of the FilmGrade™ Flicker-Free LED Dimmer is 25 kHz. 

I see that as opposed to the FilmGrade strips which are available in 12V or 24V options, the Absolute strips are only 12V. Since I will likely be using the full 16 ft (cut into several small strips connected together) with a single power supply, I thought 24V would be a little better (less voltage drop, higher efficiency). However, the Absolute strips are only 12V so I'm wondering if these will be ok or if I should perhaps consider using Absolute modules instead. It seems the modules can be daisy-chained and are 24V and can be dimmed using the same FilmGrade LED dimmer as the strips. Any suggestions?

You are correct that unfortunately, the ABSOLUTE SERIES LED strip lights are available in 12 volts only. When used as a continuous, 16.4 ft reel without being cut into shorter sections, we have not observed any voltage drop issues.

​We have seen some situations, however, where voltage drop becomes an issue when many shorter sections are joined together using connectors and wires, as these act as bottlenecks for electrical current and can cause drops in brightness.

The ABSOLUTE SERIES LED modules may be a more reliable option since as you mention, they operate at 24 volts and will therefore exhibit lower voltage drop issues. The modules are also fully compatible with the flicker-free dimmer, although some extra components such as PN 7095 and connection wires would be required for assembly.

12V vs 24V: Which voltage adaptor I should choose?

Have read all the info 3 times and am still at a loss to determine whether I have enough wattage (105) to power the 16 ft. strip. I understand I'll have a wattage need of 88. But I do not know a) whether the current to the shed, 20V, is sufficient, using an adaptor to get to 105 watts; and b) what adaptor I need to buy and whether I buy it from Waveform or elsewhere. 

I will use an adapter for connecting the strip to the power supply. This is for my art studio and the strip will be overhead. Will I need a channel? Or can I get away without one? The product number is 3003.3..or possibly #3004, the 24V. This is what I don't understand: what determines which one I choose? I want the 3000K version, and will also need PN 3071 connectors.

The aluminum channels can be very helpful for securely adhering the LED Strip Lights to mounting surfaces, while also providing the benefit of the diffusion cover.

We can also confirm that the product numbers of the CENTRIC HOME™ LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential adjust slightly based on the voltage and color temperature. For example, the 12V 3000K is PN3003.30, whereas the 24V 3000K is PN3004.30.

For the 24V 3000K model, we would recommend using the matching voltage 24V FilmGrade™ DC Power Supply for LED Strip (PN3092). 

We have attached several LayoutMap links below, which illustrate the various configuration options. These links contain installation descriptions, as well as links to each product within. 

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3002_2B

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3002_2D

As you can tell from the above guides, the Centric Home LED Strip Lights will require the Female DC Barrel Jack Plug Adapter for connection to the power supply.

Can I hook up (3) realUV LED Strip Lights in a cabinet?

I want to hook up (3) 1m realUV LED strip lights in a cabinet. What parts do I need to order to complete this task? All would be powered by the same driver.

We have attached two LayoutMaps below which illustrate installations utilizing connected segments of the realUV LED Strip Lights. 

These LayoutMaps contain the recommended connections accessories, as well as a description of the installation. That said, your installation might also benefit from the 16 AWG wiring if the segments are not close enough to be connected via the LED Strip to Strip accessories. 

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 7021_4B

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 7021_4C

If you prefer to utilize in-wall power with a TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply, we would recommend purchasing the Female DC Barrel Jack Plug Adapter to connect the pre-attached barrel jack of the LED Strip Light to the wiring of the supply. 

TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply Compatibility

I want your drivers - one for each tape strip 2 below and 2 above kitchen cabinets - Ok so I'm getting these waterproof LED Tape strips YUJILEDS® High CRI 95+ IP67 Waterproof LED Flexible Strip - 24V SKU - YJ-BC-IP67RB-2835L-24V - specify 5600K can tour TRIAC drive them? which one> where may I buy it? What Lutron Decora style (vertical rectangle) dimmer to use with your driver - I need a stacked dual dimmer = 2 stacked inside the vertical rectangle - single gang. Lutron says they do not make one for LED drivers, but your site says your TRIAC can work with regal incandescent drivers. Yuji's driver does not. I wanted your tape but you do not make it waterproof. The driver need not be waterproof as it will be in the wall. 

We are happy to confirm that our TRIAC Power Supplies are compatible with most dimmers, and have been tested as compatible with many of the most popular Lutron products. 

We have attached a link to the compatibility document below, for your reference. Upon our review, it appears that the Lutron Maestro product line referenced has been tested as compatible. 

Compatibility List:

We can further confirm that so long as the total power draw required by the LED Strip Lights is less than the maximum available output (120W/10A for 12V, and 96W/4A for 24V to meet Class 2 rating), the TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply should be able to power the YUJI products referenced. 

Further, we recommend checking to be sure that the LED Strip Lights and power supply share the same voltage (12V vs 24V) to ensure functionality. 

LED lighting for Rocks and Mineral Display

I have a display cabinet (about 6 feet tall by 4 feet wide) with 7 glass shelves (38" x 13") that I display rocks and minerals. I would like to add LED light strips. What would you recommend?

For mineral fluorescence, we usually recommend our 365nm realUV™ LED Strip Lights. 

In the event that you would like each of the seven four-foot shelves to be lit evenly, we would recommend two divided 16.4 ft reels powered by two power supplies, mounted within the aluminum channels for uniform light diffusion.

We have attached a layout guide below, illustrating an installation that utilizes a segmented reel of LED strip products powered by a DC-Plug power supply. This page also contains links to each recommended product and optional connecter. 

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 7021_4C

I am not planning on fluorescent display. Just general lighting. I understand that something in the natural light range is best. And I am interested in evenly lit shelves. Currently I have 3 lights at the top but the light diminishes below the first 2 or 3 shelves.

If you would like to let us know what color temperature lights are currently being used in your display, we would be happy to provide a few product recommendations to match the output. 

Based on our review in the interim, it appears that gem displays may benefit from different color temperatures depending on the color of the stones, though the daylight color temperatures of 5000K and 6500K appear to be popular options. 

As such, we might recommend the 6500K FilmGrade™ WHITE LED Strip Lights or the 5000K CENTRIC DAYLIGHT™ LED Strip Lights for Commercial & Retail for your display.

As you mentioned that the current light output diminishes beyond the second or third shelf, we would recommend installing a strip of LED lights above each shelf, or alternatively above every second shelf, for an evenly illuminated display. 

Can I leave the cut strip exposed if I were to cut it in half?

If I were to cut the strip in half and run each half from its own power supply, can I leave the ends that I cut exposed? Or do they need to be wrapped in electrical tape?

The LED strip light ends do not need to be wrapped with electrical tape and can be left exposed. 

Also, instead of running each from a separate adapter, could I buy a 1-2 splitter and run both from the same power supply split in a Y?

We're happy to confirm that the LED strip lights can be connected to the power supply in parallel.

If I did would each have to be the same length?

The segments would not need to be the same length.

Could I do a 1-3 splitter piece as long as the total length was less than 16ft?

The 16.4 ft maximum run is only a consideration when installing connected lengths in series. When installing in parallel, the primary consideration would instead be ensuring that the output of the power supply is capable of powering the strip light segments. 

Also, is there any difference between a 3 ft strip running a 2amp vs a 6amp vs a 10amp supply? Would it change that efficiency or brightness depending on how much extra power the supply had?

As amperage and voltage needs are defined by the total connected quantity of products, we would recommend referencing the ‘power supply selection’ section of the realUV specification sheet. Within this section, you will see the 'Minimum Power Supply Capacity' for each length of strip light product. 

Finally, I have a couple of supplies that mention different amps on the input spec. What does that affect? For example, I think your 10amp supply says 2amp on the input spec if you look at the picture of it.

We can confirm that the 12V FilmGrade™ DC Power Supply for LED Strip has an input voltage of 2A and output of 10A. As discussed above, the wattage and amperage needs of the LED strip lights are defined by the total amount of product being used. So long as your power supplies can afford the required power defined within the specification sheet, we would assume that the installation would function properly. 

When utilizing dimmable power supplies, there may be issues regarding minimum load. 

​When a dimmable power supply is connected to a product that uses a far lower percentage of the available output (such as 5-10%), unexpected dimming issues may arise.

Contrastingly, for an installation utilizing non-dimmable power supplies, we would not expect the minimum load to be an issue. 

Regarding the amperage of power supplies, the input amperage is not as important for product operation as the available output of the power supply. So long as the power required is under the maximum available wattage and amperage, the installation should operate without issue.

Can we use the FilmGrade LED strips with another manufacturer's lighting channels?

We have specified Waveform FilmGrade LED strips to be used in another manufacturer's lighting channels. We are trying to determine the logistics for the procurement of all the necessary parts and power supplies. Do you have a service that assists with selecting parts & accessories? Do you have a service that helps select power supplies to suit a specific layout? Are there potential issues with compatibility if we used another supplier's power supplies?

Though we do not have dedicated services for part procurement beyond our storefront website, we would be more than happy to answer any product questions that you might have as well as provide general configuration advice over email. 

Generally speaking, so long as third-party power supplies are compatible and able to offer the appropriate amount of power for the quantity of connected LED products, they should be compatible. If it proves to be helpful, each of our product pages should have a specification sheet that lists the electrical requirements.

We plan to cut as well as join strips. Are there special waveform connectors for the connection/splicing of strips and the wire connection to power?

We are happy to confirm that by using the LED Strip to Strip connector (PN3072), the individual segments of the LED strip lights can be easily connected. 

That said, it might be helpful to know that our LED strip light products have maximum combined lengths of 16.4 ft (5 meters) for 12V versions and 32.8 ft (10 meters) for the 24V versions. When these products are connected to greater lengths than the above, they will likely encounter voltage drops and reduced performance. 

How many LED strips do I need to provide some indirect lighting for the 20 ft x 30 ft space?

I need help to determine which products to buy for my project. The space is around 20 ft x 30 ft with three areas of windows (one located off the picture to the right). I will be placing a 100-watt LED in the dormer that you can see in the photo and a 270-watt (3-light) fixture in the stairwell that you can see in the photo. My plan is place to LED strips on top of the beams in the center of the room. 7 beams are 8 feet long. The end beams are about 6 inches from the ceiling and the middle beams are about 3 feet from the top of the ceiling. The light currently on the beams will be removed and not replaced. I need assistance in figuring out how many LED strips I need to provide some indirect lighting for the middle of the room and what products I need to purchase to directly wire the LED strips to a dimming wall switch. 

By using our Lumen Estimation Calculator, it appears that the room would be fully illuminated with ~13,744 lumens, which can be achieved by using 31 total feet of our LED strip lights, which output 450 lumens per foot.

For this installation, we would recommend utilizing two full 16.4 ft (5 meters) reels of CENTRIC HOME™ LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential, which are available in the most common color temperatures for living areas, 2700K and 3000K. If cooler color temperatures are preferred, we have provided an infographic regarding color temperature selection below. 

To use two full reels, we recommend utilizing two units of the 12V TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply for LED Strip, as each 12V reel requires 90.2W (at 5.5W per foot), and each power supply can offer 120W. I can also confirm that multiple power supplies can be connected to the same wall dimmer.

We have also provided a few links to our Layout Diagrams below, which list the required accessories for each installation type. For a list of our compatible wall dimmers, please reference the below document.

Which LED Light Color Temperature Should I Choose?

Compatible Dimmer List for CENTRIC SERIES LED Power Supply (all within are also compatible with the TRIAC power supply)

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1C

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1B

For mounting the LED strip lights, we would recommend utilizing a set of flat aluminum channel products, which would allow for the lights to diffuse upwards towards the ceiling, allowing for indirect light. 

I just measured the space again and what I would like to do is to put an 8' strip on the middle ceiling beam and three 4' strips on the three beams on either side of the center beam. This would equal 32' in total length - 4',4',4',8',4',4',4'. Based on this design I am thinking that I could order two 16' reels (12v or 24v?) and cut them into sections. Can you help me determine how to wire this? Also how many power supplies I would need for this design? Lastly, I am curious about the junction box option for the power supply.

Based on the details provided, I might recommend utilizing a 24V installation, as it would be less prone to voltage drop. For more information about the differences between the 12V and 24V options as well as voltage drop, we have attached a few informative blog posts below. 

We have also attached an illustrated layout below, which we hope proves to be helpful. In this configuration, the installation has been evenly divided across two power supplies and connected in parallel. 

​As each foot of the 24V LED strip lights utilizes 5.5 watts of power, 32 feet would require 176 total watts. By dividing the layout in this way, each side would require only 88 watts and 3.8 amps, which can be easily provided by each power supply. 

Advantages of a 24V LED system vs 12V

LED Strip Light Wire Gauge & Voltage Drop Calculator

Connecting LED Strips in “Series” vs “Parallel”

Additionally, the two power supplies could be connected to a single wall dimmer, as illustrated in the below diagrams. These LayoutMaps also include links to the recommended connectors and power supplies that you might need. 

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1C

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1B

What size wire should I be using to connect the strips to the power supply? Note that the power supply will be placed behind a wall thus the wire will be connected through the wall. I am not sure if that impacts the wire size. 

Generally speaking, we recommend utilizing 16 AWG wires for connection between the lights and power supplies, which are sold on our storefront. Further, we might recommend checking with an electrician to be sure that the gauge is sufficient for your in-wall installation. 

16 AWG Wire for LED Strip Lights - 33 ft / 10 meters

Power Supply and Driver for RGB LED Light Strip

I would like to install an RGB LED light strip on top of my 3/4 height walls in my loft. I am having trouble figuring out exactly what to buy besides the light strip and my electrician has not handled this type of installation in the past. I read that I need a power supply and DMX driver. 

Is there anything on your site that you'd recommend? I see the RGB light strip and housings, but I'm not sure which driver or power supply to buy.

We can confirm that for installations that utilize the FilmGrade™ FiveSpect 5-in-1 LED Strip Lights, we recommend utilizing a matching voltage power supply, DC adapters, and the FilmGrade™ DMX LED Dimmer & Decoder with 5 Channel Output. 

For more detailed installation instructions, we have attached a link to the product user guide below. This guide displays the multiple configuration options that are available for the product, as well as instructions for how to accomplish them. 

Specifications & User Manual

Additionally, it might help to know that the DMX Decoders are often paired with third-party DMX controllers. These controllers can allow for automation, scheduling, and PC/computer control of the light output. 

Do you have high CRI 3000-4000k linear fixtures for under-cabinet lighting?

I’m doing a kitchen reno and I’d like to buy some high CRI under cabinet lighting. I saw you have these under-cabinet LED modules, but I’m worried about glare without a diffuser. Do you have any high CRI 3000-4000k LED light bars or linear fixtures? 

Though we would usually recommend the NorthLux™ 95 CRI T5 LED Linear Light Fixtures as a primary alternative, these products are not available in 4000K. As such, they may not be a good option for your preferred under-cabinet lighting. 

As a second option, we would instead recommend the 24V 4000K CENTRIC DAYLIGHT™ LED Strip Lights for Commercial & Retail. This product can be paired with in-wall dimmers (including smart-home dimmer systems) and powered using in-wall power supplies. Though this is a more involved installation process than the T5 linear lights, the product is able to offer some large advantages.

​Additionally, these LED strip lights can be placed within channels such as our 3.3' (1 meter) Aluminum Channel for LED Flex Strip product, which ships with diffusor covers. In the event that the 3.3' length is not to preference, I believe that third-party channels are also available from third-party marketplaces. 

​For your reference, I have attached a few interactive LED strip light layout diagrams from our website below. 

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1A

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1B

Can the channels you mention be cut? I have a few smaller nooks (e.g. 18-30"). Would you recommend the flat or corner channels for under cabinets? I'd place them near the front of the cabinet.

In our experience, under-cabinet lighting typically aims directly downward onto the counter surface area. Although we could easily imagine an installation where the corner channel units are back-mounted, this installation does not seem overly beneficial for lights that are to be installed towards the front of the cabinets. 

​As such, we would likely recommend the flat version of the aluminum channels for your installation. 

I'd like to go with the LED strips, and my electrician is coming in soon so I would like to get all the components for pre drywall ordered immediately. For the power supply, do I need a junction box, and should I get 12V or 24V? I see that 24V is out of stock until June 21 and I may need it sooner than that.

Would you be able to help me get a list of all the supplies I need including wire, etc? I'm looking at about 13 linear ft of cabinets / shelving to run strips under, with two opposite walls to cover. I've attached my kitchen layout so you can see.

Based on our conversations regarding the 24V CENTRIC DAYLIGHT™ LED Strip Lights for Commercial & Retail, we would recommend utilizing either the 24V TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply for LED Strip or the 24V CENTRIC SERIES™ Flicker-Free Dimmable Power Supply for LED Strip. 

As the two products are identical feature-wise, the primary difference can be found in the smaller dimensions of the Centric Series power supply, which can be beneficial for installations that require a smaller footprint. If the power supply is required ahead of the TRIAC 24V availability date, we would then recommend the Centric Series. 

As the LED strip lights require 5.5 watts per foot, and as the 24V power supplies can offer 96 watts, each power supply can safely provide power for a maximum of ~17 feet. As such, we would recommend utilizing two power supplies to independently power the two 13 ft segments. 

We have attached links to our LayoutMaps diagram pages below, which contain layout instructions as well as links to each of the recommended connector accessories. I have also shared a link to the list of compatible dimmers (including smart home dimmers) that our power supplies are compatible with. 

​You might notice that Layout 3001-1C illustrates an installation that utilizes two power supplies for two product reels that are connected to one wall dimmer, which might be of interest for your kitchen installation plans. 

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1B

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1C

Compatible Dimmer List for CENTRIC SERIES LED Power Supply

I have about 13 ft total of strips to run along the two walls combined, not 13 ft on each wall. That being said there will have to be wire inbetween, but does that require extra wattage just for connecting strips across the room or can I get away with one power supply?

Can/should I put these power supplies inside a cabinet, tucked under an upper cabinet, or in a toe-kick or something so they arent covered in drywall in case of replacement, etc?

What wire should I get and can my electrician substitute out some locally available wire? Which wire should I get and can my electrician?

If you are planning to utilize 13 total feet of LED strip light product,we can confirm that one power supply should be more than sufficient. 

We can also confirm that the power supplies can easily be tucked away inside of cabinets or toe-kicks for easy adjustment, and do not necessarily need to be installed within the walls except to have access to in-wall power and connection to any in-wall dimmers or light switches.

Generally speaking, we recommend utilizing 16 AWG wiring to reduce the chances of voltage drop, which is available in our storefront. That said, this gauge of wiring is also very likely to be available from your local hardware stores. 

​Your electrician will likely be able to provide precise advice for the installation, though we generally like to inform customers that large wired gaps between the power supplies and products can cause some voltage drop, though this can be reduced by using a higher gauge of wiring. 

Power supply + cables + connectors needed for ABSOLUTE SERIES™ LED Linear Module

I am interested in buying some ABSOLUTE SERIES™ LED Linear Module to build a custom lightbox for "scanning" film strips with a digital camera. I am not 100% clear about all the items needed to make this work. I believe I would need the following: - ABSOLUTE SERIES™ LED Linear Module themselves - FilmGrade™ DC Power Supply for LED Strip. 

What type of cables are required to connect the WAGO 2060 connectors between each other to chain LED linear modules? 

What connecter is needed to connect the output of the Filmgrade DC power supply to the first LED linear module in the chain? 3. I intend to build an array of 15 strips (3 packs of 5). 

How many power supplies do you recommend I use in such a case to avoid overloading the power supplies? 

Based on the details provided, we believe that the below guide should contain answers to each of the provided questions. Within the guide, you will find links to each referenced product page, as well as detailed assembly instructions. 

Assembly Instructions For LED Modules

Additionally, as one 24V 120W power supply should be sufficient for installations that utilize fewer than 14 LED Modules (which draw 8.4W per unit), we would recommend utilizing an additional power supply for your installation of 15 modules. 

Further, please note that the LED Modules have a maximum run of 10 daisy-chained units. Installations that utilize additional connected units will likely encounter diminished lumen output. 

I am planning to use the led strips to build a custom lightbox that I will use to scan large-format film sheets.

I would like to know what the ideal distance between the LED and the diffusing plate should be to maximize the uniformity of light intensity. You should be able to determine this by knowing the light intensity distribution as a function of the angle away from vertical and knowing the distance between the LED strips.

We have provided a link for an article from our Knowledge Base below. Within this article, you will find information regarding the LED strip light beam angle, as well as recommendations regarding the calculation of the spacing between the LED lights and the subject. 

​Though originally written for our ultraviolet products rather than for our Absolute Series LED strip lights, as both have an identical 120-degree beam angle, we believe that the information within the article could be helpful for your installation planning. 

Realuv™ Led Strip Light Grid Array Spacing For Even Exposure

LED Lighting Setup and Accessories for Research Project

I’m looking to purchase a few lights for a vision accessibility study. I’m looking to get a few light strips that can all be controlled by a single dimmer switch. After looking through your products I was thinking the following would work, but I want to make sure it’s correct.

5-pack of D65 light strips24V DC Power Supply for LED StripPower-to-strip female adapter16 AWG Wire for LED Strip LightsLED Dimmer

Connected the following way:

Power supply -> dimmer -> adapter -> wire -> light strip 1 -> wire -> light strip 2 

Is this the most cost-effective setup?

Based on my review, the configuration provided does indeed appear to be the most cost-effective layout. Though the Absolute Series D65 LED Strip Lights are less expensive per foot of product than the 5-Pack of linear modules, your configuration may not necessarily require 16.4 feet of strip light product.

The only optional addition that we could recommend would be the WAGO board-to-board connectors, which can be helpful with some installations.

Additionally, you may find value in the below installation guide for the absolute linear modules.

Assembly Instructions for LED Modules

LED Strip Light and Accessories for Under Cabinet Lighting

I would like to buy all the things I'll need to set up LED under cabinet lighting. The electrical is already run on a 3-way switch. I want to make sure I'm getting everything I need, but not more. I thought I would need three power supplies, but hubby says one will do.

For starters, the quantity of power supplies required for an installation is generally defined by the total amount of product that requires power. 

​For example, the majority of our LED strip lights utilize 5.5 watts per foot, for a total of ~90 watts per 16.4 ft reel. As the TRIAC dimmable power supplies offer 120 watts of power output, we would then recommend one dedicated power supply per reel.

That being said, it might also be helpful to know that each reel of LED strip lights has a maximum combined length of 16.4 feet, which means that powering more than 16.4 feet of product with a single power supply is discouraged, as it may overload the product, or prevent optimal output per LED.

​As such, if you have a known quantity of LED strip light products that your kitchen requires, finding out the ideal power supply quantity should be fairly easy. If the total amount of lights is not known, we have provided a link to our lumen estimation calculator below, which can provide insight into the amount of light output that the kitchen might require based on the room dimensions.

We have attached a few additional links from our website below, including a link to the interactive layout section of our website which provides multiple configuration illustrations and links to each of the recommended power supplies and connection accessories.

LED Strip Light Installation and Configuration Illustrations

Dimming LED Strip Lights and LED Bulbs using Smart Lighting Systems

Dimmer Compatibility List

Lumen Estimation Calculator

Do we need an electronic transformer to avoid the LED Strip from blinking?

We would like to control 24V LED strips with a combined power draw of 800-1000W (part #3002.56) from one location. The LED strips are wired in parallel to minimize voltage drop and are well below the maximum length (more than 50% lower). We have verified they work correctly using a test on a subsection of the circuit using one of your power supplies (part 3092). 

However, when we switch to a 1000W magnetic low voltage power supply (Seagull Ambiance) we get flickering - more like blinking on and off because of the slow rate. We have tried several magnetic power supplies with no luck; do we need an electronic transformer to avoid blinking? If so do you have recommendations on a manufacturer? We would like to be able to add dimming capability through a dimmer at some point. 

Based on the information provided, I believe that our LED strip lights are installed correctly. As you mention, since they are connected in parallel and none of the LED strip sections are exceeding their max run length limits, it does seem that there is a compatibility or performance issue with the Seagull Lighting transformer.

We did a quick search for the Seagull Lighting 1000-watt transformer and was unable to locate any detailed specification sheets. It does seem, however, like an older product designed for incandescent lamps and not LED lamps. The reason this could be significant is that incandescent lamps typically use AC power, while LED lamps are designed for DC power. (If you have any additional detailed manufacturer documentation, please let me know and I'd be more than happy to review it.)

If my hunch is correct that the Seagull Lighting product outputs 24 volts AC, and not 24 volts DC, this may explain the blinking behavior you are seeing. This is because 24 volts AC is actually an average voltage rating (called RMS) and at certain points in the AC sine wave cycle, the input voltage actually far exceeds 24 volts (approximately 34 volts at the peak). During these peak voltage input timeframes, the LED strips are overdriven and exceed their rated power draw (> 1000 watts), potentially leading to the blinking behavior you are seeing.

Our recommendation would be to double-check the voltage rating and ensure that the 24 volts output by the Seagull Transformer is DC and not AC. If it is AC, we would recommend using an alternate solution that uses DC output.

You mention this is for a photo booth application, so in addition to avoiding magnetic drivers (which introduce line voltage flicker at 60/120 Hz), we would also recommend making sure you avoid PWM-induced flicker by choosing a flicker-free (high PWM frequency) power supply solution.

We do have several electronic DC power supply units with flicker-free output which may be of interest. The downside is that the power supplies are limited to 96 watts of output each (to meet Class 2 limitations) but each power supply can be connected to the same dimmer switch by connecting them in parallel. Below are product and layout configuration links that you may find helpful:

I have ordered some alternate supplies. Unfortunately, I need something bigger than what you offer but I am trying to get as high a PWM frequency as possible. I have two driver units on order and will test them in actual still photography settings. We have been and will continue to order lots of LED reels from you. 

​As you mention, we unfortunately limit the output of each power supply to 96 watts to meet Class 2 limitations, so while our products would be a perfect fit from the perspective of high PWM frequency dimming, the only workaround would be to use multiple power supplies connected in parallel.

FilmGrade LED Strip Light Accessories For Display Case

I have two IKEA DeTolf display cases and would like to run your FilmGrade WHITE (tungsten) LED Strip Lights vertically along the front of the display cases (5ft up on the left side, with about 15" gap/wire as it crosses the top, and then 5ft back down the right side. I would also like to incorporate your flicker-free dimmer. Power would come from a regular 120V outlet. What accessories would you recommend? Also, as the total length used in this case would be 20ft (5ft x 4), do you offer that length? What would you suggest? 

Based on the details provided, we might recommend two 16.4 ft reels of the LED strip light products. As it appears that the 5600-6500K options are common color temperatures for display cases such as the IKEA DeTolf, we would recommend the FilmGrade™ WHITE LED Strip Lights.

We would also recommend the FilmGrade™ Flicker-Free LED Dimmer alongside the 12V (or matching voltage) of the FilmGrade™ DC Power Supply for LED Strip.

As the LED strip reels contain pre-attached barrel jack adapters, no additional accessories would be necessary beyond the LED Strip to Strip for connecting the segments. We have attached a diagram from our website below, which we hope proves to be helpful for your installation plans.

​Layout Diagram:

The LED Strip to Strip product you recommend appears to have a Wire length of 5.9 inches, whereas I would need approximately 15 inches. Do you have that length? You recommend a Flicker Free dimmer and a DC power supply. Would that work to power and dim both cabinets? Do you have a wiring diagram that would show how to power and dim two cabinets of light that would each have a 5ft strip + 15inch wire + 5ft strip?

If a longer length is needed, we might alternatively recommend utilizing a combination of the 16 AWG Wire for LED Strip Lights and the LED Strip to Wire accessories.

As 10 feet of LED strip lights would utilize 5.5 watts of power per foot for a total of 55 watts, one power supply, and one dimmer should be more than sufficient for your installation without reaching the 120W output maximum of the power supply. 

​We have attached two additional layout diagrams below, which show a configuration of LED strip light segments that are connected with the above accessories. Please note that the primary difference between the FilmGrade LED strip lights and the product in the first link below is that the FilmGrade product contains pre-attached barrel jack adapters. As such, no wiring adapters would be necessary for connection to the dimmer and power supply.

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3002_2B - Uses Centric LED Strip Lights

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3002_3E - Uses FilmGrade LED Strip Lights

How adjustable are the colors of the ColorSpace™ RGB Color Changing LED Strip Lights?

How adjustable are the colors of the ColorSpace™ RGB Color Changing LED Strip Lights? I would like to choose some very specific colors for an experiment and am wondering how much I can fine-tune colors and whether these colors can be repeated, e.g. by inputting specific values for each of the three channels. 

In order to control the output of the ColorSpace RGB product, we would recommend utilizing a third-party RGB controller product.

These products generally allow for a granular level of control for the spectral output, though we currently do not offer such a product within our catalog. 

Can I cut the LED Strip into shorter lengths?

I found your site searching online and I see the 16' roll of strip lights. My question is can those be cut into shorter lengths? I saw what looks like a push-on connector where the + and - marks are along the strip. I need to replace some 5' fluorescent lamps rated at 35 watts each at 6500k color temperature. There are six of these lamps in place. The ability to dim the strips is a possibly needed feature as well.

We can confirm that some of the LED strip light products that we offer contain a pre-installed barrel jack adapter, such as the ABSOLUTE SERIES™ LED Flexible Strip. Alternatively, other products, such as the CENTRIC HOME™ LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential, would require an adapter such as the Female DC Barrel Jack Plug Adapter.

When ordering a reel of the light strip, will it come with the connector to mate with the barrel plug on the power supply? On the spec sheet, I see under mechanical where it's noted as a connector on each end. So it's complete?

We're happy to confirm that the FilmGrade™ WHITE LED Strip Lights product (PN3002.65) contains pre-installed plug connectors at each end of the reel. As such, no additional connector accessories would be required for powering the product. That being said, connectors may be required for installations where the reel is segmented, as illustrated in the below layout diagram.

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3002_3E:

LED Flex Strips and Accessories for Under Cabinet Lighting

I am interested in Waveform LED Flex Strips for under-cabinet lighting in our kitchen and have a few questions. 

Can the strip-to-strip and strip-to-wireless solderless connectors only be used with Centric Home or Daylight LED Strips, or can they be used with FilmGrade White & Hybrid Strips?

The strip-to-strip connectors are available in two versions: those meant for single-color, and those meant for 5-color LED strip lights. As such, the Centric Home, Centric Daylight, and FilmGrade products utilize single-color connectors, whereas the FiveSpect utilizes the latter option.

If we wanted FilmGrade White or Hybrid Color Tunable, or perhaps even RGB Color Changing so that we can change the color temperature or color, can these strips also be cut and connected in series (including 16 AWG Wire for longer sections between strips) and connected to a single Power Supply and dimmer? Is the TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply and in-line FilmGrade Flicker-Free LED Dimmers the only options here? 

We can confirm that the LED strip lights can be segmented and connected together by the 16 AWG wiring to a single power supply. I can also confirm that third-party dimmable power supplies are likely compatible with our LED strip lights. Please feel free to utilize such a product in your installation.

For the Centric Home or Daylight with an appropriate 3rd part wall dimmer, then I believe my parts list is as follows:

Part 3003.27; or Part 3004.40 (1), PN 3096 (1), Part 3070 (4), Part 3071 (2), Part 7098 (1)

We can further confirm that the parts list provided is compatible! I have attached a link to our LayoutMap below, which illustrates a similar installation that I hope proves to be useful.

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1B:

Can you tell me if any of the following would be an acceptable alternate parts list to that in Item 3 above? Part 3001.32 (1), Part 3002. HY, or Part 3021.

Will the TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply (PN 3094.096) allow the use of a 3rd Party Wall Dimmer? Or is PN 3092 + DC Adapter PN 7094 + an in-line dimmer required?

We believe that the 3200K FilmGrade White (Part 3001.32) would be a great alternative, as it would allow for the preferred color temperature while also being compatible with the other items in your parts list. The FilmGrade Hybrid and Color Space RGB products are different, in that they would require different connectors and potentially additional controllers for adjusting the light output.

Our products are designed for use with modern phase dimmers, though they are not designed for use with older dimmers such as rheostat dimmers.

Unfortunately, our various strip-to-wire and strip-to-strip products are not compatible with the Hybrid and Color Space products, as the solder pads are located in slightly different places than the other products they are designed to be compatible with.

For the Power Supply, if we are using a modern phase wall dimmer, can we use the Film Grade DC Part 3092 and connect directly to the female DC Jack on the Film Grade strip?

Is it required (or preferable) to use the Centric Series Dimmable Power Supply (24V) TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply (Part 3096) with 1 Part 7095 Male DC Barrel Jack Adapter?

We're happy to confirm that the 3200K FilmGrade product is single-color, and can be used with the PN3070 & PN3071 connectors.

The answer to the second question really depends on your preference. For installations that are not permanent, the DC power supply is a great option. 

However, the DC power supply cannot easily be connected to a wall dimmer. If a wall dimmer is preferred, we recommend the TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply paired with the PN7095 adapter.

I believe this is my required parts list For the 3200K Film Grade White:

Part 3001.32 (1), PN 3096 (1), PN 7095 (1), PN 3070 (4), PN 3071 (3), PN 7098 (1)

Regarding your list, I noticed that the power supply and LED strip lights are of different voltages. I would recommend selecting the matching 12V or 24V voltage products for your installation, depending on the preferred voltage.

The (slightly) updated parts list would be:

PN 3002.32 (1), PN 3104 (1), PN 7095 (1), PN 3070 (4), PN 3071 (3), PN 7098 (1)

LED Strip Lighting for Soffit and Kitchen Overhead Installation

I'm installing LED strips in a couple of locations and hoping you can help me select them. Can you recommend the right power supply and controller? 

1) In a soffit pointing down running along both walls in the living room (30 ft per wall) 

2)Installed overhead in the kitchen in a recessed channel instead of overhead halogen downlights. 

Our CENTRIC HOME 3000K LED strip lights sound like a great fit for the installation.

​The easiest way to test this set up would likely be a set of the following:

1) CENTRIC HOME 24V 3000K LED Strip Light

2) TRIAC dimmable 24V power supply

​Below is an installation diagram showing how this should be wired to a wall dimmer. (The setup could of course be tested without a dimmer and wired directly to a branch circuit).

Both components can of course be used in the final installation as well.

32ft LED Strip Light for a Building Entry

I’m looking for a 32ft LED strip for an entry of Bldg. 3200k. I will also need a power supply. Do you carry diffusers that will work with these? The lights will be on around the clock and need to be long-lasting.

We are happy to confirm that the FilmGrade™ WHITE LED Strip Lights are available in 3200K. Further, the 24V version of the product has a maximum combined run of 32.8ft. As this 24V product has a power draw of 5.5 watts per foot, we would recommend utilizing a power supply that can accommodate at least 180 watts of power output.

​These products can also be mounted within products such as the Aluminum Channel for LED Flex Strip, which is available in both flat and corner versions. However, please be advised that these channels are not IP-rated or weather-treated. 

Would 24V have lower electric shock risk/severity than 12V?

I'm trying to decide whether I'd be better off choosing 12VDC or 24VDC product. In the article Pros and cons of a 12V LED System, it's mentioned that 12V LED systems have a lower electric shock risk. This seems to be stated about 120V AC mains current; but do 12V systems also have lower shock risk than 24V? I've often heard that it's not the voltage that kills its current. In the article Advantages of a 24V LED system vs 12V, it's pointed out that a 24V LED system will draw half the amount of current as a 12V LED system to achieve the same power level. Then would 24V have lower shock risk/severity than 12V? Or is my thinking flawed? 

Generally, we believe that "shock risk" increases as the voltage increases. At a very basic level, this suggests that 12 volt LED systems would have the lowest possibility of causing an electric shock, while 24 volt would be slightly higher but still relatively low, and 120 volt line voltage would be much higher in terms of the possibility of causing an electric shock.

​Shock risk, however, is not the same as the potential to cause bodily harm or injury. The zap from static electricity that you feel on a dry winter day, for example, has a very high voltage of tens of thousands of volts, but does not cause any harm due to the inherently low amount of energy (as you mention, it lacks the "current which kills").

The primary reason lower voltage systems have a lower shock risk, is simply due to the fact that low voltage systems generally lack the voltage potential to overcome the high electrical resistance in our human skin. Therefore, a 12 volt system, even one with a higher amperage rating, is seen as generally lower risk because the 12 volts is usually insufficient to penetrate skin and other objects.

Low voltage systems do have a lower risk, but that is not to say they are risk-free. Please use caution and consult with an electrician when installing any LED systems you are not familiar with.

In any scenario, I want to have zero probability of any conducting wires making contact with the bodies, tubes, etc. through which I route them. The DC barrel jack plug adapter (PN 7094) on your site looks like it could be useful to me. If I'm assembling this adapter onto 18-gauge wire myself, would it be recommended to apply shrink wrap around the screw-clamp wire connection area afterward? Do you have some good suggestions for space-saving ways to permanently join wires as I assemble the power supply circuit to my led rope light? 

We understand the concern, and it does sound like you have the right idea in terms of insulation and protection from short circuits. I do agree that heat shrink tubing would be a good way to protect the exposed wires.

​Our recommendation here would be twofold:

​1) If possible, solder all wire connections directly. This will reduce the footprint of the connections, and make it far easier to apply heat shrink. Furthermore, connections will likely be more robust, as opposed to connectors which (although unlikely) may allow the bare wire to unexpectedly fall out.

​2) Place all exposed wires and connection locations away from any electrically conductive surfaces. If your wire run must pass through or along any electrically conductive material, ensure that the wire has sufficient insulation, and avoid or resolve any sharp edges which may snag or cut the wire insulation.

Do I need a Junction Box in the Power Supply for LED Undercabinet Lighting?

Just want to make sure I get the power supply correct, when do I need the junction box vs not? Pairing it with the 16m 3000K LEDs, figure I need some of the small tool-less connectors as well, since they're in multiple sections, will be separating and reconnecting them. Assume I can pair all of this with an ELV/MLV Caseta dimmer for 120 bucks. Does that all sound correct? 

The junction box for the dimmable power supply is generally recommended for in-wall installations to protect the unit from inadvertent exposure and contact with debris and other in-wall wiring. We would recommend consulting with your local NEC inspector to determine what regulations, if any, exist in your area.

​The TRIAC dimmable power supply is compatible with forward-phase, ELV/reverse-phase and MLV dimmers. Most of the tested dimmers are forward-phase dimmers and the list of tested dimmers can be found below:

We do offer several solderless connectors such as PN 3070 and PN 3071 which you may find useful in connecting separate LED strip runs together. Please see below for a configuration diagram showing how these components can be used:


LED Strip Lighting Accessories and Installation Layout

My wife and I plan to build a new home. The house includes a cathedral ceiling area 32 feet wide and 20 feet deep. We plan to illuminate the gambrel arch cathedral ceiling using Centric Home 24V DC 3000K LED Strips. Since the 20 feet is longer than the 16 feet of your strips, we plan to use two each 10 feet strips with separate power supplies for each strip and two dimmers, one for each side of the room. We want to use corner aluminum channels so the light is aimed at 45 degrees with respect to the horizontal. May I please speak with someone about the list of components I should make sure to have on my order? 

As you mention correctly, the 20 foot span is unfortunately too long for a single power supply, so I agree that the approach to "split" this into two sections of 10 feet, each with its own power supply, would be the best approach.

​Furthermore, the "corner" aluminum channels should provide you with exactly the type of 45 degree light angle and should work very well for you.

​Below are the list of items needed for this installation:

​2x PN 3004.30

2x PN 3094.096

2x PN 3061

​You may also find our configuration diagram helpful in thinking about the layout and wiring:

​We do also agree that the LED strip lights would be the optimal choice here. While traditional lamp form factors such as spots and floods are convenient and familiar, for a new home installation, the LED strip approach will provide for the "latest and greatest" in terms of efficiency and versatility.

From the side of the room where I would mount the LED strips to the apex of the ceiling is a straight line distance of 22.4 feet. Now, we would mount LED strips on both sides of the room, so there would be two strips- one on each side of the room- aiming at the apex of the ceiling. Still, given the 22.4 feet distance, will there be enough light reaching the apex to illuminate it? I do not need a "bright" illumination, but I want to avoid any dark areas on the ceiling. How do I determine what the ceiling illumination will look like?

We unfortunately do not have a good answer for you here, as the light spread would depend on the exact layout and would require complex computer simulations to provide any accurate recommendations.

​The 22.4 ft distance is quite far, and while I do not believe it will be completely dark, it may appear dark when compared to the ceiling areas closer to the LED strips.

If you have the ability to locate the LED strips closer to the center (such that they are situated closer to the point beneath the ceiling apex) that may mitigate some of the concerns you have.

It might also be helpful to know that the LED strip lights emit light at a 120 degree angle, with the most intensity at the center of that beam. This may give you an additional data point in determining to what extent the light spread would be affected by the angle of the pitched ceiling.

Choosing Compatible Flicker-free LED Dimmer

I was reviewing your 24V LED strip lights and I’d like to know if they meet the other criteria on the attached list (text file attached, and also printed below). 

If so, I’d like some assistance choosing a compatible dimmer that will provide flicker-free dimming on the low end down to 0.1 percent. 

Our CENTRC HOME LED strip lights do meet the color requirements provided - i.e. 95 CRI, 2700K, in-stock. Please see below for the product link:

​The product can be dimmed when paired with our dimmable power supply. Please see below for the product link:

​We also maintain a compatible dimmer list, which shows the dimming range (e.g. 0-100%), which can be found below. This should be a good way to confirm the requirement for dimming down to 0.1%.


Installation Configuration for Kitchen Lighting

We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel and need advice. On our current configuration, we have a 3 ft cabinet, then an opening for the microwave, and then a 2 ft cabinet corner followed by a sink and a 2 ft cabinet. I would like a direct wire, dimmable led configuration. We want a continuous bright setup along the countertop and backsplash. With the spaces with the microwave and sink what would be a good choice for us?

Based on the details provided, we might recommend our 3000K CENTRIC HOME™ LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential product for your kitchen installation.

If you would like to install this product utilizing the wall wiring, we would recommend a matching voltage TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply for LED Strip product. When installed within a junction box or wall cavity, this product can be paired with wall switches and dimmers for light control. For mounting the LED strip light product, you might also be interested in our Aluminum Channel for LED Flex Strip product.

Using the measurements provided, it appears that your installation would require about seven feet of LED strip light product. As such, one 16.4 ft (5 meters) reel of the CENTRIC HOME™ product should provide more than enough lighting for your installation.

However, please note that our LED strip light products are not designed to come into contact with water. If your installation runs across the sink backsplash, your installation might encounter enough moisture to cause product failure or create a safety hazard. That being said, many customers have connected similar lighting segments using hidden 16 AWG wiring behind the drywall, safely away from potential hazards.

We have included some links to our layout diagrams below, which we hope prove to be useful for your planning purposes. This link provides a configuration description and includes links to each of the connector accessories. As you can see, the individual segments can be pretty easily connected to a single power supply.

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1B:

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1C: 

Are the 24V TRIAC power supply compatible with Lutron Caseta LED dimmers?

I am interested in purchasing LED strip lights to use with the Lutron Caseta LED dimmers in residential kitchens and baths. Are the 24V TRIAC power supply and Centric Home LED strip the best option for this? Or 12V? Or something else? 

Based on our familiarity with the Lutron Caseta system, we are happy to confirm that 12V or 24V installations should be compatible.

As such, it does not appear that the Lutron Caseta system has any limitations regarding one option being preferred over the other. That being said, there might be some voltage considerations depending on the class or circuits used within your home. To that end, we might recommend reaching out to a local electrician for information on the electrical systems utilized within the residence.

Generally speaking, we strongly recommend selecting the compatible voltage for the lights and power supplies within installations. In case they prove to be helpful for your planning purposes, we have attached two blog post links from our website below, which discuss the options in detail.

Advantages of a 24V LED system vs 12V

Pros and cons of a 12V LED system

We are happy to confirm that the CENTRIC HOME™ LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential could be a great option for your kitchen lighting. We generally recommend 2700K for living rooms and bedrooms, or 3000K for kitchens and dining areas. 

I am going to place an order for the Centric Home LED and TRIAD power supplies along with some aluminum track and have a couple more questions. What is your expected shipping time for these products and accessories? Would you be able to provide any promo or coupon code for trying this product out?

Based on my review, it appears that both items are available to be shipped without delay. Further, we unfortunately do not have any special promotional pricing available at the moment, and we do apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

Regarding accessories, you might find value in the below links from our website. These pages contains illustrated, interactive guides that describe the common product layouts and link to the accessories that we recommend for them.

LayoutMaps™ by Waveform Lighting:

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1B:

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1A:

12V vs 24V Power Supply

I am building some bookcases and am looking for a 16' roll of led lights and accessories. I am using a wall dimmer, but not sure of the difference between using the 12v dc power supply or the 24v power supply. Why the two offerings?

Generally speaking, there is not an extremely significant difference between 12V and 24V systems so long as the correct accessories are chosen. For example, we would discourage the use of a 24V Power Supply when using a 12V LED Strip Light product.

For more information regarding the differences and disadvantages of each type of system, you might find value in the below articles from our website:

Advantages of a 24V LED system vs 12V:

Pros and cons of a 12V LED system:

Fixed Single Color LED Strip Light

We need to find a LED strip of a specific color to integrate into one of our products. I think it needs to be RGB since our color is not one of the basic colors, but we'd like a controller that allows for the configuration of a single color so that the strip lights up with this color whenever there is power on it. Any ideas?

Based on the details provided, we might recommend our FilmGrade™ DMX LED Dimmer & Decoder with 5 Channel Output product with the FilmGrade™ FiveSpect 5-in-1 LED Strip Lights. The FilmGrade DMX product can provide a granular level of light output control for the FiveSpect LED strip lights product, and can also be paired with a third-party DMX controller.

For more information regarding the setup and configuration of this product, the below links might prove to be useful.

Product Instruction Guide:

FiveSpect 5-in-1 LED Strip Lights LED Spectrum Simulator:

Recommended LED Products for Under Cabinet Lighting

I plan to install under-cabinet lighting in our kitchen and need assistance selecting the proper products - 4 sections need lighting. The first section is 50 inches. It is separated from section 2 by a sink and window. The second section is 50 inches and connects at the right angle to a smaller 30-inch section. The fourth section is separated from the third section by a range hood. I assume I need one standard reel of 2700K LED strip lighting. How many power supplies/DC converters do I need? Do I need just one coupler? 

Based on the details provided, it appears that a total length of 130 inches of LED strip lights is required. As such, we believe that one 16.4 ft (5 meters) reel of the 2700K 12V LED strip lights product should be sufficient for your installation. 

​If the length of the fourth segment is known, we would be happy to check to ensure that the single reel contains a sufficient length for the four combined segments.

Further, we believe that your installation would only require a single DC Power Supply if it utilizes four segments of strip lights, connected by lengths of wiring.

Though many of our customers prefer to utilize the Aluminum Channel for LED Flex Strip products for discretely mounting their lighting products, the 3.3 ft length of the item may not provide convenient housing for the 50 and 30-inch lengths of lighting which you mentioned. As such, we might recommend a third-party mount that could be trimmed to more precise lengths.

If you would like to utilize wall-wiring with this installation, you might find interest in our 12V TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply for LED Strip products. This product has the benefit of being compatible with wall dimmers. Alternatively, our plug-in 12V DC Power Supply product is an easy solution for most installations.

If it proves to be useful, I have attached a layout map below which illustrates the 12V TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply installation method. This link also includes information regarding the various connectors recommended for the installation.

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1B:

I neglected to mention that the 4th section is 24 inches. I still don’t understand how the single power supply unit and its connections will be inconspicuous. I would like the lighting to be wired in, but not being an electrician, I don’t know where or how the power source would be mounted. Sections 1 and 2 are separated by a sink with a window. Sections 3 and 4 are separated by a range hood. I don’t understand how the long wire connections you propose can be installed without being visible. 

Based on the length provided, we believe that the single 16.4 ft reel would still provide ample product for the four segment installations.

Generally speaking, these TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply for LED Strip products are installed within the wall (such as installed behind the drywall in a junction box or cavity) and are directly connected to the housing wiring to power the lighting products.

If the sections are divided by range hoods and other barriers which might make a continuous connection difficult to inconspicuously install, we would then recommend utilizing a dedicated power supply for each section. For your installation, this might look like ordering four power supplies which would be installed to independently power the sections of strip lights. ​

LED Lights in Overhead Soffit to Reflect Off the Ceiling

I generally sit in that recliner at the far end to read. Want to put sufficient light in the overhead soffit to reflect off the ceiling and illuminate the read. The table lamp shown is decorative the task light, barely visible by the chair, is what I use now. Has an LED bulb in it. Glares for the wife seated on the couch. It works well if I bring it down close to the read (magazine or newspaper) bulb is white.

It sounds like we have a few lighting fixtures in your space. To start, are you able to confirm what type of lamps or bulbs your fixtures can accommodate?

​For example, the soffit looks like it may accommodate fluorescent fixtures, but it's a bit difficult to tell from the photo.

​Similarly, are the table lamp and task light standard fixtures that use medium-screw Edison bases (E26)? (E26 is the most commonly seen, traditional screw-in lamp type with a base that is approximately 1 inch in diameter).

Once you can let us know what types of lamps may be compatible with your existing fixtures, we'll have a better idea of what options we have available for you. 

​Additionally, can you let us know what challenges you're facing with your existing lighting - is it the color, clarity, brightness, or a combination of these factors?

​The soffit has a string of incandescent mini lights, circa 1992. We do not use the table lamp but it and the task light use standard e26 screw-in bulbs, the problem is insufficient illumination. The task light if I bring it close to the reading material will work but is ungainly and if it is set higher is not quite enough light but glares at anyone sitting on the couch. I had thought that linear LEDs in both soffits above the chair reflecting off the ceiling might work but leave that to your expertise. Using dimmers they could also provide illumination for the room. The soffit runs on three sides of the room.

We are in full agreement that improving the brightness from your soffit lighting fixture would be the best approach here to simultaneously increase brightness without causing additional glare issues.

​Unfortunately, despite their ubiquity, standard light bulbs induce significant amounts of glare due to their high brightness levels from a relatively small size.

Our first thought here would be to recommend our CENTRIC HOME LED strip lights in 3000K. These LED strip lights emit approximately 450 lumens per foot, which is approximately equal in brightness to a 40-watt incandescent bulb. 

It's a bit difficult to determine from your photo, but my best guess would be that your soffit is approximately 10 feet long. If you were to install the LED strip lights across the entire soffit, this would provide you with approximately 4500 lumens, or 400 watts worth of incandescent bulb brightness.

The LED strip lights could of course extend and span multiple soffits across the three sides of the room as you suggest.

The LED strip lights do require some in-wall wiring and assembly work, but I do believe that this would be an excellent option for you. Below is an example wiring diagram that shows how the LED strips can be wired to a wall dimmer:

Sometimes sitting on the end of the couch to utilize the halogen Torch which almost does the job but could be better. The new light needs to be dimmable, and maybe the color change? 

Each one of the curtains is approx 6 ft across giving us approx 12 ft of the strip light. Approx 5500 lumens per your calculations. You mentioned 3000 Kelvin. Is that overly yellow for reading? Are your strip lights disabled and what dimmer do you suggest for the best performance? 

Is there an approved dimmer for 3-circuit control? I note that LeGrand makes a couple although I am partial to Lutron. 

I personally do not believe that 3000K is "too yellow" although that would certainly be within the realm of personal preference. Do you know what the color temperature of the lamps in your current space is, and what your thoughts on those might be? (Incandescent bulbs are typically 2700K and lower).

To cover the distances you quoted, you will likely need three sets of 16.4 ft LED strip reels, each with its own dimmable power supply. The cost estimate is as follows:

CENTRIC HOME™ LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential: $99 ea

TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply for LED Strip: $139 ea

​We do not have any three-circuit control suggestions, but we do have a list of tested dimmers which are available here:

The reading lamp has a 790-lumen GE REVEAL built therein. It is I think overly bright white. If I bring it clues to the reading material it works but is glary with poor contrast and if further away not bright enough but not heavy. The soffit has a string of very old very small incandescent. I think we might try one set in the two soffits over the Chair to see how this indirect lighting works. 

We believe the GE Reveal lamps use a modified 3000K spectrum. If you find the incandescent lights in the soffit to be acceptable from a color perspective (i.e. not too yellow), then 2700K could also be a good option for you.

Below is an article that might help choose between the two options:

Layout Design for Tape Light Installation

If I provide you with a sketch of my planned tape light installation, can you provide information regarding the appropriate transformer and all other parts? 

​In the meantime, I've linked to our layout maps page which shows several sample installation configurations and may be a helpful starting point for you:


Attached is a draft of my layout. I plan on hard-wiring the power supply to a wall dimmer switch. I'm sure you will have questions. If you do let me know.

​Your layout looks great, and I do not see any issues apart from a potential power capacity limitation.

​From your drawing, I see five sections of 46 inches each. If I've done the math correctly, this works out to approximately 19.2 ft in total.

​Each foot of our LED strip light draws approximately 5.5 watts. This equates to a power capacity requirement of approximately 106 watts.

The drawing does not indicate the voltage (12 or 24 volts), but this will likely determine what is permissible here. While the 12-volt version of our TRIAC dimmable power supply will be able to support up to 120 watts per connection, our 24-volt version is limited to 96 watts. As such, the 12-volt version would be the only way to connect the entire circuit to a single power supply.

The only downside to the 12-volt version is greater susceptibility to voltage drop and the fact that the circuit would not comply with NEC Class 2 power limitations, making electrical code compliance potentially a bit more challenging (if that is a concern).

Based on the LED length per segment being less than 4 feet and the feeds being relatively short (max 72 inches) I do not foresee any voltage drop issues even with the 12-volt version.

Finally, we do not have any in-house products/adapters to join all five segments near the power supply, so you may need to create your wire junction or utilize third-party products for this connection point.

Please elaborate on what you meant by the fact that the circuit would not meet NEC Class 2 power limitations making the electric code compliance potentially a bit more challenging.

Would this cause a problem with house inspections, hard wire connections to a wall dimmer, etc?

If so, how could the design be changed?

When it comes to building inspections (typically subject to NEC standards), our LED strip lights themselves are rated for use in Class 2 circuits only. As such, the use of our LED strips on a Class 1 circuit would technically be a violation of the NEC rules and regulations. We would therefore recommend staying with a Class 2 installation.

At a basic level, our 24-volt TRIAC dimmable power supply (96-watt capacity) is a Class 2 power supply that can power up to 16.4 ft of LED strip lights. As such, as per my calculations, you would be able to connect up to four segments of 46" each, as that would total 15.3 ft, which would be below the 16.4 ft limit.

Are the FilmGrade White LED Strip Lights dimmable?

I just ordered film grade white led strip lights 5600K and 3200K. My question is are these dimmable? 

Yes, our FilmGrade LED strip lights are indeed dimmable when connected to a dimmer. Please see below for an example layout:

Here is a direct link to the dimmer product:

What I was looking for was a Hybrid version that had both 3200K and 5600K LEDs on the same strip. Do you have anything along those lines?

The closest option we currently have would be our hybrid LED strip at 3200K/6500K - please see below and let me know if this will work for your needs.

The controller setup will be a bit difficult without a dedicated DMX control system, however, so if you do not have that we would perhaps recommend staying with the two separate LED strip reels controlled individually.

LED Dimmer and Installation Questions

I am installing the CENTRIC HOME™ 3000K / 12V DC with a TRIAC Dimmable Power Supply. Can you suggest the best dimmer to use? In terms of this installation, I plan to reuse the existing wiring from my old under-cabinet fixtures. I think that I may need to attach leads to the old wiring so that the wire is stepped down to a size small enough to solder on the LED strips - any advice/tips/tricks for a neat(er) install? This install will have 7 discrete lamp sections ranging from 8" to 32" in length - altogether it's under 12' - all lamps will be housed inside the channel that I purchased from you too. Is the power supply I selected capable of driving this load? Lastly, the track comes with 5 end cap pairs - can you provide an additional 5 pairs so that I have a few extra for the installation? 

First of all, with respect to dimmer compatibility, our TRIAC dimmable power supplies are designed to work with virtually all phase dimmers so you should not have any significant issues with compatibility.

That being said, below is a list of the dimmers we have tested and their dimming range results:

We do see that the Lutron DVCL series is a popular choice among our customers and we have not received any reports of flickering or other compatibility issues.

Second, for soldering, I do not believe there should be any significant challenges regardless of the incoming wire type or size. Since the solder pads are quite large, they should take solder quite readily without any issues.

One recommendation, however, would be to consider using our PN 3070 solderless connectors. The two wire ends can be joined together using standard twist-on wire connectors (aka "wire nuts")

As long as the total connection length is at 16.4 feet or less (you mentioned 12 feet), you will be fine with the single power supply unit.

We, unfortunately, do not have any additional mounting hardware on hand for the aluminum channels, but I'll be more than happy to see if we have any extras available to send to you!

I’d prefer solderless connectors but I think I read in your literature that they don’t fit inside the tracks. can you clarify this - or perhaps send a photo of an install so I can plan for it?

You are correct that the solderless connectors are too wide for the aluminum channels, unfortunately. I'm sorry for the oversight here as I had not realized that the LEDs would be installed in the aluminum channels (I should have reviewed your order in greater detail!)

​The "workaround" would be to have the LED strip protrude from the end of the aluminum channel by about half an inch, thereby allowing the connector part of the solderless connector to connect outside of the aluminum channel. I would imagine that this would not be ideal from an aesthetics perspective in most cases, but at a practical level, this would technically work.

Otherwise, the alternative solution would be soldering the wires directly onto the copper pads, as was originally proposed.

Is it best to be using the 95 CRI products for Art Lighting?

We are wrapping up a project with an art wall for a special piece of art and need to light it with even light intensity and would like to learn more about your products. 

To light art, it is best to be using your 95 CRI products right?

Yes, the higher the CRI, the better the appearance of the colors in your artwork.

What is the difference between a Centric Home 3000K strip (3003.27) vs. a film grade 3200K tungsten strip (3001.32)?

The primary difference between the CENTRIC HOME and FilmGrade LED strip lights is the color temperature. The former is offered in 3000K, compared to the latter, which is offered in 3200K. The CENTRIC HOME at 3000K will be a closer match to halogen lighting used in art galleries, whereas the FilmGrade at 3200K is closer to tungsten lighting used in TV and movie sets.

It would seem all the strips have a max light intensity of 450 lumens per foot, are there higher lumen strips in the 3000K - 3200K color temp range?

Unfortunately we do not have any brighter LED strips. If more light is needed, we would recommend "doubling up" the number of rows.

How much lumen can be expected to be lost if used behind the lens of the corner aluminum channel?

We generally observe light loss of 10-15% when the diffuser cover is applied over the LED strip light.

Safe to assume all the strips are dimmable?

Yes, all LED strip lights are dimmable as long as they are connected to a dimmable power supply unit. (See below)

For about 13.5’ of stip lighting, what’s the best power supply to get and do you guys offer a hard wire remote transformer product to power the lights?

Please see below for the product link for our dimmable power supply which can be hard-wired to a dimmer circuit. One popular solution for controlling this power supply is using the Lutron Caseta dimmer system.

Below is some additional guidance on using the Lutron Caseta system with our LED strip lights:

For dimming of the light strip, what’s the best wall mount switch type dimmer to get that won’t cause flicker?

As long as you use our dimmable power supplies, you will be able to achieve flicker-free output regardless of the wall dimmer model or manufacturer.

LED Strip Lights for Photographing Artworks

I'm looking to create a lighting setup for digitally photographing artworks (mainly paintings) and then printing the files. 

I intended to make 4 panels around 40x50cm from 2-3 5m led rolls cut to lengths and attached to a backboard. I would like to be able to dim these panels also.

​This sounds like a great approach and excellent use case for the ABSOLUTE SERIES LED strip lights. The LED strip lights include double-sided adhesive and should allow for quick installation onto the backboard.

​For dimming, we recommend our FilmGrade flicker-free LED dimmer, which can be installed in between the LED strip lights and the power supply. Please see below for the product link:

​I am looking at the 99% absolute series and would like advice on how much light I may need (how close to space led strips on the panels?) and which driver I may need for say 7.5-meter strip cut to lengths.

​The amount of light needed would depend on the brightness needed for your photography (perhaps determined by your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings) as well as the distance away from the artwork. As a general ballpark estimate, each meter emits approximately 1250 lumens, which is equivalent to a 75-100 watt incandescent bulb.

​The maximum run length for the product is 5.0 meters. If connecting 7.5 meters per panel, you will need two separate power supplies (and perhaps, unfortunately, you will also require two separate dimmers for the separate circuits). The link to the power supply is shown below:

​Our general recommendation for spacing is to space the LED strip lights no farther apart than the distance from the illumination surface. In other words, if the panel is to be placed 20 cm from the illumination surface, the LED strips should not be spaced farther than 20 cm apart.

​Also, would the absolute series be good to record digital colors from paintings? I may install a linear polarizing sheet across the front of the panels also. They will likely be set at 45 degrees to paint.

​Yes, the ABSOLUTE SERIES is a great option for digital image capture! The 99 CRI rating is the highest that is currently available in the industry and informs us that the color accuracy as captured by your camera would be nearly perfect.

​The polarizing sheet, as well as perhaps a diffuser sheet, can help ensure even and smooth light distribution across the paintings.

​I notice a beam angle referenced in preassembled lighting panels - can you briefly explain this? and is it possible to recreate it with the strip LEDs?

The beam angle refers to the angle at which the light is dispersed. Our LED strip lights have a beam angle of 120 degrees, which you can think of as being a very wide conical light dispersion angle.

An led strip shows a lumen output of 6250. What would be a comparison in Lux at 1m or 3m? I suspect I am a little underpowered at 6250 lumens / 416 watts approx.

​A single row of LED strip lights will provide approximately 300 lux at 1 meter, and 25 lux at 3 meters. If using multiple rows, however, you would be able to add these lux values up in a linear fashion to determine the illuminance on that particular surface.

​You mentioned a space of 20cm between strips at a 20cm distance. I had guessed placing led strips at around an 8cm gap (mainly for estimated panel size using a 1x 5m reel, but I think I may need the strips much closer. 

Closer together than the 20 cm distance I had somewhat arbitrarily suggested is not an issue at all.

​I think I may need 4 panels of 5m strips cut to lengths (with a driver and dimmer for each panel) although this becomes pricy. Would you concur that with your products a 5m strip is the maximum for the drivers and dimmer?

Unfortunately, the maximum run length would indeed be 5 meters due to the power supply capacity as well as the limitations of the LED strip circuitry.

I generally understand CRI and the wavelengths of color and your absolute series seems to be as good as a "roto light" or "Gemini lite panel" and possibly as good as it gets. I see another figure being used for color perception and described as TICI. Do you have a rating for the Absolute series and what is TICI? (can't find it on google)

TLCI is the Television Lighting Consistency Index, frequently used in TV and broadcast environments in Europe. Similar to CRI, the TLCI determines color accuracy in the context of cameras and photography. Our ABSOLUTE SERIES has been tested to 99 TLCI (please see attached).

Are your LEDs flicker-free? I presume 4x 5m reels could all be exactly the same intensity and color? And the best color accuracy would be from a fixed-temperature LED. I note the preassembled panels from others have control over temperature, intensity, and hue in some cases.

Our LEDs are flicker-free when used with a flicker-free power source. All reels are calibrated to the same brightness and color point and are not adjustable, unfortunately.

​Would you happen to know what the import charges would be?

Unfortunately, import charges are quite variable and it is difficult to provide estimates up front, as these can depend on the specific port of import as well as customs officer discretion.

​If you would like to inquire with local customs authorities in advance, you might want to check on the estimated costs for products with HTS code 8539.50.0090, which is what is typically used for LED strip lights.

Compatible Dimmer & Power Supply for 24V LED Strip Lights

I am putting an order together for two of your 5m 24v 4000k 95 CRI LED light strips and need your help choosing a MeanWell 24V 150W Power Supply to drive an 18.5-foot segment. I am considering the MeanWell ELG-150-24AB and Lutron Caseta Wireless ELV. Will this work with these strips? Is there a better 150W power supply?

We've reviewed the product literature for the Meanwell product model numbers supplied, and all of them appear to be compatible with an 18-ft installation of our CENTRIC DAYLIGHT 24-volt 4000K LED strip lights. The primary electrical requirements for this installation would be 24 volts DC constant voltage output and a power capacity of at least 120 watts (5.5 watts x 18 ft = 99 watts, 20% overhead added).

​All three of the Meanwell products you mentioned appear to have the ability to provide this output, so they should be compatible; for further differences and recommendations between those options, we would recommend reaching out to Meanwell to better determine the best fit.

We did notice that you're looking to use a Lutron Caseta dimmer, which uses a phase-cut dimming signal. From what we understand, Meanwell products are NOT compatible with phase-cut dimmers and therefore may present some compatibility issues, so we would recommend reviewing this as well.

Choosing between T8 LED Tube and LED Strips for an Existing Electrical Boxes

I'm trying to choose between tube and strip lights and I need info on how I can hook it into my existing ceiling outlet box. 

While each installation can differ, we generally recommend using our LED tube lights if there is an existing 4-ft fixture already in place. Our LED tube lights can be used without a ballast and therefore can be used without any additional electronic components.

LED strip lights, on the other hand, can provide you with some additional versatility and installation options. This approach, however, will require additional wiring and configuration, including power supply units and LED strip assembly.

I have six separate track lights on separate dimmer switches. The reasons they interest me are that they look to be very low profile and you have a 99 CRI strip light but only 95 CRI tube lights. Are there any other advantages or disadvantages I should be aware of for strips vs ubes? If I go with the strip light option, what do I need to do? How does it connect to the end feed and will the extra transformer fit inside the end feed? Will I need new dimmer switches? I currently use these(Lutron CTELV-303P-WH Skylark Contour 300W Electronic Low Voltage Single Pole / 3-Way).

Since you don't have a fluorescent fixture at all, the LED strip light option is definitely worth considering.

The challenge with installing an LED strip light in a location like this is that the existing track systems operate at a completely different voltage type and level. Typically, they are 120 volts or 12 volts AC, while the LED strip lights require 12 volts DC.

As such, the electrical wiring and systems inside the track lights will not be useful here and will need to be bypassed completely.

Below is a configuration diagram for a simple LED strip setup:

You will see the TRIAC dimmable power supply, which is the key component here that you will want to determine where you can fit this in your current installation. It is a somewhat bulky device and you will want to ensure it is installed in a location compliant to local electrical code. (Most frequently, it is installed inside of a junction box mounted inside of the wall).

The TRIAC power supply appears to be 9 inches, so it won't fit in the current electrical box in the ceiling. Could I just purchase your junction box and attach it to the ceiling? Do you sell it in white? Alternatively, I could install the TRIAC in the attic near the switches, but then it would need to feed into the current wires that run to the ceiling position. I'm thinking that those standard wires must be different than the ones needed for the DC, is that right? If so, I guess the TRIAC has to go right next to the strip lights. 

We are not sure about the electrical code requirements and considerations of mounting the junction box on the ceiling, so that is something you will want to confirm before going down that path. The junction box is unfortunately not available in any other colors.

The concern with installing the TRIAC dimmable power supply far from the LED strip lights is that large distances between the power supply and LED strip lights can result in voltage drop, whereby the brightness of the LED strips become diminished by the reduction in voltage supply. Generally, we recommend keeping the LED strip sections within 32 feet of the power supply unit to reduce the impact of voltage drop.

My understanding is that your tube lights are not dimmable, is that correct? 

That is correct. We agree that the LED strips would be the best option for a dimmable + flicker-free lighting solution.

​Do you sell L pieces for the aluminum channel so I can turn corners with the flex strips?

Unfortunately we do not sell any "L" shaped corner pieces. The best way to accomplish this would be to solder wires directly between the LED strip segments that meet at the corner. The aluminum channels can also be cut at 45-degree angles to create a gapless 90-degree turn.

​Do I need the centric series power supply rather than the triac to get flicker free? 

​The most recent batch of TRIAC dimmable power supplies is also now rated flicker-free. Therefore, you will be able to use the TRIAC dimmable power supply and achieve flicker-free and dimmable light output.

​Do you sell a junction box that covers the centric? 

​We do not sell a junction box for the CENTRIC SERIES power supply. We would recommend going with the TRIAC dimmable power supply since it also provides flicker-free light output.

Can I connect two separate 8 foot strips to one power supply? 

Yes, they can be connected "in parallel" - please see the blog post below:

I'm just about ready to order the absolute strip. I'm still trying to decide on whether to go with 6500k or 5000k. What connector will I need for that? 

Both the 5000K and 6500K should be good options for you. Here is an article, in case you haven't had a chance to yet see it, that might help you make a more informed decision one way or another:

Once the LED strip is cut, it cannot be re-joined using the pre-mounted female DC cables. They can be re-joined using the PN 3071 accessory that you have correctly identified.

LED Strip Lighting Layout

I am only putting the best into this place, so that means quality lighting. I am in a 19 x 16' space with 10' high ceilings and am curious as to what layout would be best. I plan on installing both the 4000k LED strip lighting alongside the red LED strip lighting for nighttime sessions. I will likely have both on during the day to put some Red back into the spectrum. When I install them, what is the recommended spacing between the two? Or have them right next to each other? I want what looks best and most balanced. 

Based on the measurements provided, we calculate that the space would be sufficiently illuminated by 14,960 lumens. As such, we might recommend utilizing 34 feet of LED Strip Lights in your studio space, which is just about two 16.4 ft reels of the LED strip lighting products, which emit 450 lumens per foot.

It might also be helpful to know that our 12V and 24V LED strip light products have maximum run lengths that can be powered by a single power supply. The maximum length for 12V is 16.4 ft, whereas the 24V maximum length is 32.8 ft.

As such, depending on the product selected, you will require a dedicated power supply of the matching product voltage. Further, each dedicated length and power supply will require a dedicated dimmer unit, in the event that you would like to dim the connected lengths of strip light products.

​We have attached a link below, which illustrates a common LED strip light configuration that utilizes multiple connected segments.

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1B:

Regarding light configuration, you may find that the ideal distance between the red and 4000K white LED strip lights may come down to personal preference and layout. As such, there is unfortunately not a precise alignment recommendation that we could make.

That being said, it might be helpful to know that many customers choose to install these lights along the ceiling perimeter to wash the walls in light.

While these LED strip lights can be installed in multiple ways, we also sell the Aluminum Channel for LED Flex Strip product which can be used for mounting the lights within corners or flat surfaces.

RGB LED Strip Light Solutions for Residential Lighting

I am interested in your RGB strip lighting solutions for a new home I am building. If I understand correctly, your 24V ColorSpace RGB may be a good solution for me. However I am a bit confused about a few aspects: This light strip only does one color at a time, correct? And if I connect multiple light strips together, they will all show the same color at the same time, correct? Can the strip also produce white light? If so, at what Kelvin and CRI? How many lumens/feet does this strip produce in various colors? Besides the power supply, what accessories are required for this strip light? Is a DMX controller required to control the color settings? I could not find the associated accessories on your website. Can you please show them to me?

First off, our RGB LED strips are not individually addressable. This means that the entire strip will emit one color at a time.

​Secondly, the LED strip is capable of emitting white light, but the color rendering and color temperature value precision would be inferior to a standard white LED. We would perhaps recommend our 5-in-1 LED strip as an alternative:

​The 5-in-1 LED strip light emits approximately 180 lumens per color (warm white / daylight) and has a 95 CRI rating, in addition to full RGB control. The product can be used with a DMX controller or a third-party 5-channel controller such as the one linked below:


Each 16.4 ft reel should be connected to an individual power supply. The power supply is linked below:

LED Strip Lighting for Floating Shelves

I want to use strip lighting on 4 individual shelves, 2x2ft, and 2x3ft. Two shelves are mounted on either side of the TV. I want to use the existing wall switch for on/off and feed power from the attic down as I’m on the slab. Ideally, I would like to have voltage conversion in the attic and feed 12v/24v wiring out a hidden hole behind each shelf to led strips. Can you provide suggestions and equipment list? 

Based on the details provided, it appears that your installation can be accomplished using one unit of the 16.4 ft reel of LED strip lighting product divided into the 2 and 3 ft segments, as well as one unit of the TRIAC dimmable power supply in order to connect the LED strip lights to the wall switch and wall wiring. 

​It might also be helpful to note that our LED strip light products are available in both 12V and 24V. As such, it will be important to select the appropriate power supply voltage option.

​You may also find value in the below wiring products, which can be utilized for connecting the power supply to the LED strip lights, as well as connecting the LED strip segments together. 

​16 AWG Wire for LED Strip Lights - 33 ft / 10 meters:

LED Strip to Wire:

LED Strip to Strip:

I have also attached a link to a layout map below which illustrates the configuration closest to the description provided. ​

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3001-1B:

LED Strips and Accessories for Under Cabinet Lighting

For under cabinet lights, I believe I have everything needed. Please check this and make sure I have everything needed and recommend any additional items or different items that would be better. The kitchen lights would have two zones, each turned on and off individually. Off of one power supply and one dimmer, there would be two parallel light loops each with its own on/off switch. 

PN 3003.27 (16 ft), PN 3092 , PN 3081 , PN 7094 , PN 3060 

We've reviewed the proposed purchase list and confirmed that the items are sufficient for your installation. During checkout, please be sure to select the correct 24-volt LED strip light option (PN 3004.27) to pair with the 24-volt power supply (PN 3092).

​In terms of the required components and parts, it appears that our installation diagram shown in the link below would be the closest representation of the proposed installation:

​The main difference, of course, is the single LED strip run as opposed to the two separate runs you have in your proposal.

​With respect to the two parallel runs that are to be switched separately:

As long as the switch is installed somewhere between the LED strip run and the dimmer, that particular LED strip run can be switched on and off independently.Your proposal to use a single power supply and inline dimmer will not work with a standard residential wall switch and will require a low-voltage DC switch instead.You may require some wiring work on the DC connection side to connect the two separate runs of LED strip lights to the single power feed. The PN 7094 adapter, for example, only has space for one wire to enter each of the positive and negative terminals.

I plan on using a 110V AC wall switch as with a shallow box it tucks up underneath the cabinet, is hardly visible, and works very well. I don't see any switches like this on your website so if this switch won't work could you suggest a switch (with a mount if necessary) that will fit under the cabinet?

Would the power supply be harmed if the output is an open circuit?

As for the power supply, FilmGrade™ DC Power Supply for LED Strip 3092, can it mount in the cabinet above the microwave?

Can extra end caps and mounting brackets be purchased?

From an electricity perspective, I do not see any concerns and agree with you that the switch should be able to handle 24 volts and 5 amps. If there are electrical code compliance concerns, however, I would be sure to double-check as I know there tend to be some strict requirements in terms of product fit, even if it may be deemed safe from an electrical and fire safety perspective.

We, unfortunately, do not sell and switch products, but I would perhaps recommend searching for a third-party supplier for a dedicated DC switch. I do recall seeing a few "DC inline style" switches that could be used, for example, this product here (please check for max current limitations).

Next, if we have understood your question about the open circuit correctly, there will be no issues in terms of power supply damage or reliability. The open circuit would be electrically equivalent to powering the power supply without plugging it in anywhere (as is common with laptop chargers, etc).

Generally speaking, the power supply does require open airflow for sufficient cooling. However, if running the LED strips at 48 watts, the heat generated will be limited and should not be a concern for the suggested installation.

Yes. We do sell extra mounting brackets and end caps as separate items. Please see the product page below:

Do you have different product variants that allow the LED strips to lower brightness? 

We are interested in purchasing an LED strip we previously bought an LED strip with 9W 24V and 3000K. But after fitting it inside the LED profile and fixing it inside a kitchen cabinet it's still too bright that we have to cover it with silicon inside. Kindly advise if you have something suitable for our needs.

​Unfortunately, we do not have any different product variants that would allow for lower brightness. We would recommend one of two options:

Incorporate our TRIAC dimmable power supply and a wall dimmerOperate the 24-volt LED strip light at less than 24 volts, such as 20 volts, as per this article

Are the FilmGrade LED Strips able to be cut into shorter sections?

Are the FilmGrade LED strips able to be cut into shorter sections? And if so, what accessories would I need to make each section work independently? Would each segment need its power source, or could I link them, if so, what would I need to purchase to achieve that? Lastly, is there a way I could synchronize or program multiple strips together? 

Our FilmGrade LED strip lights can indeed be cut into shorter sections, in 1 or 2-inch intervals (depending on whether you select the 12-volt or 24-volt option). They can be reconnected using our solderless connectors, or ordinary low-voltage wire and solder.

Below is a connectivity diagram showing how multiple sections can be joined together to a single power source:

If you do need the sections controlled independently (e.g. one section is off while the other is on), you will require separate power supplies for each section.

Dimmable Power Supply for the Centric Home LED Strips

We have a wall dimmer and will be using the 3000K Centric LED strips. I'm wondering about power supplies. Does it seem your Centric flicker-free ones don't have an option for a junction box being included? And your Triac dimmable ones don't seem to be flicker-free but do have a junction box? But you don't have a flicker-free with junction box?

First of all, you are correct that only the "TRIAC dimmable power supply" product includes a junction box option. Our most recent production batch of this product, however, incorporates flicker-free performance, and you will see the same level of flicker performance as the CENTRIC SERIES power supplies. As such, should you require both flicker-free performance and a corresponding junction box, the TRIAC dimmable power supply should be a perfect option for you.

LED Strip Lighting Power Sources

I am in the middle of a renovation of a high-end motor coach. I am looking to place colored LED strip lighting around baseboards, under cabinets, and around other key areas to act as accent/night lighting. The RV in question has a 12v house system for lighting. Can your product be wired directly into that 12v system without the necessity of your 120v/12v power sources? Will the house system properly power your product so that it has full design intensity and no flickering, etc?

Our 12 volt LED strip lights sound like a great fit for the RV installation! As you mention, as long as these LED strip lights are provided with a stable 12 volt DC input, they are compatible with automotive battery and power systems.

The one thing to look out for, however, is to ensure that the wiring used to feed the LED strips have sufficient thickness and electrical current carrying capacity, as excessive power draw on under-rated wires can lead to a potential safety hazard.

What kind of amperage draw am I looking for so I can determine if the existing wiring is sufficient or if I need to run a new circuit? 

The exact power draw will depend on the product, so if you can let me know which LED strip light you are interested in installing (link to all LED strip lights below), I'd be more than happy to locate that specification for you.

In general, the LED strips draw between 4.2 watts (350 mA) per foot and 5.5 watts (450 mA) per foot. Below is the specification sheet for our most popular CENTRIC HOME LED strip lights which is an excellent option should you be looking for a high CRI warm-white LED strip solution.

LED Strip Lights for Living Room Installation

I'm trying to buy "CENTRIC HOME™ LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential". I'm planning to use "Aluminum Channel for LED Flex Strip - 5 PACK" Can this be set up by someone like me? And what other products do I need to purchase?

The CENTRIC HOME™ LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential product is available in both 12V and 24V. As such, it will be important to select a compatible 12V or 24V power supply, such as our FilmGrade™ DC Power Supply for LED Strip.

​It might also be valuable to know that the LED strip lights have a maximum combined length that can be powered, which varies depending on the voltage selected. For the 12V product, the maximum combined length is 16.4 ft (5 meters). For the 24V product, the maximum combined length is 32.8 ft (10 meters).

If you would like to dim the lights, you can utilize the FilmGrade™ Flicker-Free LED Dimmer product, which can be connected between the LED strip lights and the power supply.

To connect the LED strip light segments, you can combine both the Female DC Barrel Jack Plug Adapter as well as the LED Strip to the Wire product.

I have attached a link below that illustrates the configuration I have described in greater detail:

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3002_2B:

LED Tape Lights and Controller for Channel Lighting

I'm interested in installing LED tape light / channels into a few rooms. I would like to use the tape lights that feature both a warm and cool mix of LED's so the warmth can be adjusted. How can I drive and control such an install? I currently use networked Lutron Dimmers on conventional 120V fixtures.

It's currently quite difficult to achieve the color tuning functionality using traditional wall dimmers such as those offered by Lutron and Leviton, as these dimmers are only capable of adjusting brightness, and unfortunately not color.

Another option would be to search for third-party controllers which can wirelessly control the output (brightness and color) using a remote control. Below is an example of a product which would achieve this:

Are you aware of any dimmable DC power supplies that could be controlled from a conventional Casetta dimmer / remote?

Our TRIAC dimmable power supply units have been tested with Lutron Caseta, and should meet the requirements you outlined in the most recent email. For more information, please see our article below:

Does the TRIAC dimmable power supply referenced produce a ripple free clean DC signal, or is it a rectified / modified 120Hz pulse?

The TRIAC dimmable power supply's output is flicker-free by virtue of its very high PWM frequency. The frequency is > 20,000 Hz, which makes any stroboscopic flicker virtually undetectable.​Strictly speaking, however, since it is a PWM signal, it is not a flat DC current flow.

What tape light would you recommend that has the LEAST amount of green in the spectrum, and the most (Far) red?

​We would suggest the 2700K as it has the most amount of red phosphor, and therefore, by extension, the most amount of far-red energy as well.

The amount of green across the various color temperature options is likely to be similar.

Wiring Multiple UV LED Strip Lights

I have an application where I need to daisy chain 112ft of UV led strips (7021.95.5M) in 31" lengths in area 30" x 35". This would take 8 x 16.4ft lengths, but what's the power requirement of this, and what would be the best way to wire this? What other product numbers would I need? 

Our PN 7021.95.5M LED strip lights are very easy to set up and require just a plug-in power supply unit. Each power supply has a DC plug that can connect directly to the LED strip reel.

​Below is an example layout showing our 3.2 ft short reel (the 16.4 ft long reel would be configured the same):

​We've linked to the power supply product below:

Unfortunately, the LED strips cannot be daisy-chained past the 16.4 ft length per run. As such, you will need to utilize 8x separate power supplies to power the 8x reels of 16.4 ft. This is due to the internal circuitry as well as power supply capacity limitations when running low voltage electronics.

FilmGrade™ HYBRID LED Flex Panel - Transformer & Dimmers

Our architect specified your product - FilmGrade™ HYBRID LED Flex Panel. We have already purchased one panel and would need to order 7 more. We are also looking for a transformer that would be able to power 8 panels at the same time and two dimmers - one regular and one for switching the colors. 

Can you please advise on the product that would be suitable for this project? 

Our LED flex panel requires 50 watts per color to operate. If both colors are to be operated simultaneously, each panel will require up to 100 watts.​As such, 8 panels will require 800 watts to operate. This is a very high power capacity level and we, unfortunately, do not have any products which can support this configuration. Instead, we would recommend operating each panel with an independent power supply unit.

If we follow your recommendation and operate each panel with an independent power supply unit, would you be able to provide this unit?

Can you please advise on the quantity we would need and a price per one? 

Each power supply unit costs $49, and the link to the product can be located below.

Each of these power supplies would be sufficient for one panel. Therefore, for 8 panels, you will require 8 power supply units. You will also need a third-party controller to vary the color and output of the panel. (The sample setup you have from the one panel should simply be replicated by a factor of 8).

Can you please also advise if this power supply unit will work for dimming and color-changing? If not, will it be compatible with Lutron Caseta dimmer? 

Unfortunately, our product will not achieve the color-changing features you are seeking.​Do you have information on how you had the single-panel sample unit set up? Please let me know and I can assist in replicating that setup for you.

You mentioned earlier, that we would need a third-party controller to vary the color and output of the panel. Can you please advise if this device from your website can be used for dimming and color-changing?

If not, can you recommend a different product? 

We want to be able to dim 8 panels from one dimmer at the same time, and also change the colors on all 8 panels from one device at the same time. 

We would recommend daisy-chaining eight of our DMX decoder units, controlled from a single DMX controller. Below is the product link:

LED Lighting and Dimmers for Laundry Room Lighting

I'm hoping you can help me a little with my laundry room lighting. Here are the specs: basement location - 1 small window in a well (almost no natural light). Room is 7.5' by 11.8', ceilings is 7.5' high (currently lit by a 4 t8 tube troffer fluorescent light in a drop ceiling). Block wall is off white -all wiring is surface wiring in conduit. 

Our high CRI LED products sound like a great fit for your retrofit installation, and the use of our LED strip lights in your fluorescent fixtures sounds like a great idea.​I don't foresee any issues from a performance perspective, but if there are any electrical code or inspection concerns, we would recommend confirming that this is a permissible installation method as regulations can differ depending on the specific inspectors as well as authorities having jurisdiction.

One alternative option would be to keep the fluorescent fixtures in place and utilize our T8 retrofit lamps, which offer the same level of color quality.

Should I use 2 strips or 4 by my calculations 4 would be giving me almost 8000 lumens, and this is not a baseball field. Will 2 strips look like 2 long blobs up there? or will I have even light over the troffer? 

I inputted the provided room dimensions into the lumen estimation calculator ( Based on a target of 60 footcandles (which should provide you with a very nice level of brightness for most laundry-related tasks without being overly bright), the recommended lumen output for the lights would be approximately 6000 lumens.

​Your calculations are correct that four 4-ft rows of the LED strips would provide you with approximately 7200 lumens (450 lumens per foot * 16 feet). I do not think this is an unreasonable amount of light, especially if you have a troffer diffuser that will reduce the light output a bit.

I'm a little confused about dimmer options...I see that you have a triac dimmer compatible power supply. Are all wall dimmers triac? or just the standard incandescent ones. Do I still need to get an LED or other specialty dimmer from Lutron etc...i.e. low voltage electronic dimmer?

Most wall dimmers utilize TRIAC phase dimming, and our TRIAC dimmable power supply is compatible with most standard residential wall dimmers. Some of the most commonly seen wall dimmer brands include Lutron and Leviton. Please see below for a list of dimmers which we have tested compatibility for:

 I was thinking I would use the 24 v option since I might like to run some of the strips in the hallway outside the laundry room and that would require a little more distance between the power supply and strip light. Does that make sense? I will be having an electrician do the actual installation.

Generally, 24 volts is almost always a better option when running longer wire connections. This is because a higher voltage option requires lower amperage, which is typically what causes voltage drop issues. For additional information on voltage drop, please see our article below:

In order to connect my troffer strip to the next strip out in the hallway, I would use your 16 gauge wire that you sell by the spool, I believe. Would I be using the strip to wire pigtail connector that you sell? If so, how do I join the two wires? wire nuts in a junction box? or is there a way to solder the wire to the strip at either end and add a cover for protection?

The best way to accomplish this connection would be to use our PN 3070 solderless connector, joined to the 16 AWG wire using wire nuts. Please see the screenshot below, taken from the layout maps found at this link:

You may of course also forgo the PN 3070 component and solder the 16 AWG wires directly onto the LED strip copper pads as needed.

Also, is it possible to buy smaller quantities of the various connectors? I don't want to buy 10 if I only need two.

Unfortunately the connectors are pre-packaged packs of 10 and we would have no way to offer just two of them. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Compatible Power Supply for Lutron Caseta dimmer

I purchased some high-quality LED light strips (60 ft in total) and I am looking for a power supply that would work with a Lutron Caseta dimmer. Your 24V PSU is rated 96W/4A but it states it can only work for 16 ft light strips. My LED strip requires 96W at full power. Would your PSU work for this?

Our TRIAC dimmable power supply is indeed compatible with the Lutron Caseta dimming system, and can safely operate LED strip loads up to 96 watts. If the load exceeds 96 watts, the system will automatically shut off to protect itself from being over-driven.​We generally recommend leaving a 10-20% headroom above the LED strip power rating as an extra safety margin. The reason we recommend this safety margin is due to the variability of actual power draw performance of LED strip products. Your LED strip light product with a 96 watt rating, for example, is likely specified at 96 watts +/- 10%, which would suggest that the actual power draw can be anywhere between 86 and 106 watts.

One workaround would be to reduce the total length of LED strip connected, to ensure that the LED strip power draw remains well below the 96 watt level. This would, of course, require that you can accept a shorter run length than you currently have planned for.

Do you have a model above 96W? I wanted to stick to Class 2 rating but that's hard to do that with my setup.

Unfortunately we do not have any thing that is simultaneously dimmable and higher power than 96 watts.

One alternative would be to split your LED strip run, and use two of the 96 watt dimmable power supplies connected to the same Lutron dimmer. Please see below for a connection diagram showing how this would look:

I ordered a Magnitude driver but, I want to test it because I saw reviews saying they flicker.

Now, you Centric series are rated flicker free. What about the regular Triac driver? Does it have flickering issues? 

The TRIAC dimmable power supply is also flicker free and you should not see any of the issues you are seeing with the Magnitude products.

I purchased a 60 ft strip like this one: Super Length 20 meters Constant Current DC24V 120leds/m SMD2835 LED Strip Light ( It is a high quality LED strip that uses integrated ICs to convert constant voltage to constant current (if my understanding is correct). Do you know if you LED drivers have PWM output or constant output?

Our TRIAC dimmable power supply units use high-frequency PWM (> 20,000 Hz) to achieve what is effectively flicker-free light output. (Typical flicker issues occur at or 2x line frequency, in the 50-60 Hz or 100-120 Hz range).

If the supplier of the LED strip lights you have in mind are certain that PWM is incompatible, that would unfortunately suggest that our TRIAC dimmable power supply would not be a suitable product pairing.

Do you have a recommended dimmer to minimize flicker while dimming?

I installed new recessed lighting and looking for quality LED bulbs with matching dimmers. I'm personally sensitive to color and flicker gives me headaches. I'm looking at the 4011.30.6P. It shows a flicker of 6%. Is this low flicker amplitude maintained while dimming. It appears Lutron and Leviton dimmer are mentioned as compatible. Any particular dimmer recommendation to minimize flicker while dimming?

We ran a series of dimming tests using a Lutron CTCL-150 and confirmed that the flicker performance is indeed best at or near 100% brightness, where we observed ~7% flicker and 0.02 flicker index.

As the brightness setting is decreased, flicker percentage increases to ~11% with 0.03 flicker index. Given that traditional incandescent lamps exhibit flicker rates of 15% and higher, this performance is in line with, or exceeds that of traditional incandescent lamps and should not present any issues for most residential installations and applications.

Attached are the test results as well as a plotted chart of the results.


Do you think the performance will be similar over the full line of Lutron LED+ dimmers or do you think this will vary substantially from one dimmer model to the next?

We've just repeated the test with the Lutron TGCL-153PH series dimmer and saw the same results (7-11% from high to low).​While we wouldn't be able to draw any conclusions from just these two tests, we now do possess two sets of data points for Lutron performance which may give us some further confidence regarding dimming performance across brightness settings.

Difference between FilmGrade and ABSOLUTE SERIES™ 99 CRI 5000K (D50) / 6500K (D65)

What is the difference between Film Grade vs. ABSOLUTE SERIES™ 99 CRI 5000K (D50) / 6500K (D65)?

The primary difference between the FilmGrade and ABSOLUTE SERIES LED product lines is the color rendering index. The FilmGrade product line has a CRI rating of 95, while the ABSOLUTE SERIES LED products have a CRI rating of 99.

Furthermore, the FilmGrade product line is offered in 5600K and 6500K, while the ABSOLUTE SERIES LEDs are offered in 5000K and 6500K.

Are these lights DC powered?

Yes, our LED strip lights and LED modules are powered via 12 volts or 24 volts DC. They will require a dedicated power supply to operate.

Do either of these lights flicker? 

If the LED strips and/or modules are powered via our power supply units, they will not produce any flicker.

Can I wire these lights in parallel (2 1-foot strips side by side)?

Yes, they can be wired in parallel, as long as the total connected length does not exceed the maximum power capacity of the power supply (e.g. do not exceed 16.4 ft for LED strips, in total). For additional information, please see our article below:

Or must I have a power supply for each strip of lights?

As long as the total power draw remains below the power capacity of the power supply unit, you should not see any issues. Below is a calculator which you may find helpful:

How can I order a sample 6-inch strip plus a power supply?

Please see below for the direct link to the 6-inch LED strip sample pack, which includes a power supply unit:

How can I link separate strips together? Do you have a picture of this showing the connector? I want to link 4 l foot strips side by side.

You may find our Layout Maps helpful. Specifically, see below for an illustration showing how multiple sections can be connected:

Do the link connectors come in the 16-foot reel kit? 

The LED strip reel includes DC power ports pre-installed on both ends, so you will be able to connect the power supply directly to the DC port without any issues.​The PN 3071 solderless connectors can come in handy if you're looking to cut the LED strip reel into shorter segments and are looking to reconnect them.​Finally, the 6-inch sample pack also includes all of the components to set up a short 6-inch demo circuit.

Does Waveform make housings for these lights? Can these be cut?

Please see below for our aluminum channels which would be a great option for housing the ABSOLUTE SERIES LED strip lights:

Cuttability is not an officially supported feature of the aluminum channels, but I have had customers report that this can be done quite readily using a hacksaw.

Do you have a DMX or ArtNet Controller for FilmGrade Hybrid LED Strip Lights

I am looking to purchase 16 (5m) pieces of the Hybrid LED Strips. I am planning on controlling them through DMX or ArtNet. Do you have any ArtNet controllers? Also, how many can I control through one of your DMX controllers? Do you have larger power supplies to support more than 1 strip at a time?

We currently offer a DMX decoder that can be paired with our FilmGrade Hybrid LED strip lights, however, a separate DMX controller (third-party) would be needed to control the color temperature and output levels.

Each reel of the hybrid LED strip lights requires approximately 3.8 amps of power capacity. Therefore, with each of the 5 channels being able to support up to 8 amps, the maximum number of reels per DMX decoders would be 10 reels.

This would, in turn, require a power supply that is capable of supplying at least 38 amps (3.8 amps x 10 reels) which we would need to recommend a third-party supplier such as MeanWell for further options.

Connectors and Wires Required for Absolute 6500K LED Strip

I am interested in getting set up with a set of Absolute 6500K LED strip lighting. I need help with the type of connectors and wires required. I plan to purchase the 5m roll of strip lighting because it’s the best deal. I will be photographing my artwork with these lights. The plan is to set up two sets of lights 6 feet on either side of the painting when photographing. 

We currently offer two types of ABSOLUTE SERIES products - one in a rigid module format, and another in a flexible LED strip format.

It sounds like you're after the flexible LED strip as you mention needing the 5-meter reel. In this case, the installation accessories will be quite straightforward, as the LED strip lights include a plug on both ends of the reel that is pre-installed.

To power the flexible LED strip, all that you need is our 12-volt power supply, which I have linked to below:

The LED strip lights can be cut to length based on your needs. If you need to re-connect any sections together, we would recommend our PN 3071 connectors.

Unfortunately, we don't have an exact layout map for this product, but you may want to reference an electrically similar product for some ideas. Below, I've linked to our FilmGrade LED strip light product using a similar layout, which may be of interest:

Accessories and Guide for Individual LED Strip and LED Strip to Power Supply Connection

I'd like to place an order for some LED strips. My question is, I need some adaptor cables: while I cut strips from the reel and plug to the female DC power plug that I ordered. I like to have (10) pcs, can you tell me how to order?

I have provided explanations below describing the method for connecting the LED Strip Lights to power supplies, as well as the method for connecting the LED Strip Light segments using connector accessories. Included below are product links for the recommended accessories, as well as guides that further illustrate these configurations.

For connecting the LED Strip Light segments to the DC Power Supply, we recommend using a combination of the LED Strip to Wire product (PN 3070, sold in 10-Packs), as well as the Female DC Barrel Jack Plug Adapter (PN 7094, sold in 4-Packs).

Configuration guide:

For connecting individual LED Strip Light segments, we recommend using the LED Strip to Strip product (PN 3071, sold in 10-Packs). Please note that our 12V LED Strip Light products, such as the ‘CENTRIC HOME™ LED Strip Lights for Home & Residential, have a maximum run of 16.4 ft (5 meters). As such, these LED strip light products cannot be powered in runs that exceed this length.

Configuration guide:

LED Lighting and Dimmers for Entertainment Center

The plan is to recess the LED strips behind the face boards. The part that I am finding most difficult is the dimmer (or maybe I’m just screwed up on everything). The LED lights need to have the ability to select a color including white. I need the width of the LED strips to be 10mm or less and the height to be as low as possible. We want a remote-controlled dimmer that can be used to change the colors and brightness of the LED lights. Can you please review and provide me with an itemized list of the materials that I need to complete this project?

Unfortunately, we currently do not have any remote-controlled dimmers or power supplies available which would be capable of changing the color and brightness of the LED strip lights. Most of our customers that utilize our color-changing LED strip lights are in the entertainment or theatrical industries, where DMX systems are commonly used.

​For a more consumer-friendly remote-control solution, we would recommend searching for third-party providers of such products.

In terms of our LED strip options, our ColorSpace RGB LED strip light may be a good fit for your needs. The product features an 8 mm width, high brightness, and very narrow wavelength tolerances to ensure consistency within and among LED strip runs.

Furthermore, you may also find that our FilmGrade™ FiveSpect 5-in-1 LED strip lights may be of interest to you. This product is designed to have a high level of customized light spectrum output with the inclusion of a warm white and daylight white channel, in addition to the standard RGB channels.

To connect the LED strip lights to the power supply, we recommend our Solderless Connector Cable for a 5-in-1 LED Strip product.

Regarding the mounting of the lights within the structure, we currently do not offer mounting channels which would accommodate the 12mm width of the FiveSpect 5-in-1 LED Strip Lights. That being said, there may be third-party options available that could diffuse the light.

How to Connect LED Strip Light to Connector?

How to Connect LED Strip Light to Connector PN 3071? 

Attached is a video link which displays the method for attaching the PN 3071 product to the light strip segments.

Video link:

We also attached the link to a LayoutMaps™ diagram below, which further illustrates the methods for connecting the LED strip light segments using the PN 3071 product.

LayoutMaps™ LED Strip Light Layout 3002_2B:

One thing that we have found can help improve the reliability of the connection is to remove a quarter inch or so of the adhesive from the end that is being inserted into the connector piece. The added thickness of the adhesive can prevent the LED strip from being inserted fully into the connector piece, resulting in poor connections in some cases.

Other than the solderless connectors, we, unfortunately, do not have any alternative solutions, apart from soldering wires directly onto the copper pads.

Do you have a selection of “T” connectors?

Unfortunately, we do not have any T-shaped connectors for the LED strip lights available at this time.

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