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What is the difference between 12V and 24V LED strip lights?
You will see that many of our LED strip options are available in both 12V and 24V. Unsure which one to choose?
If you are installing the LED strips into a system with a fixed voltage, you will want to choose whatever makes the most sense for that application (e.g. 12V LED strips for an RV with a 12V battery system).
If you are purchasing new power supplies as well, you may be wondering which is a better choice. The short answer is that while the light output of both systems are the same, 24V systems will run a bit more efficiently due to the lower electrical current. The only downside is that the cut-line intervals for 24V LED strips will typically be twice that of 12V LED strips (e.g. every 2 inches vs every 1 inch).
The light output specifications of the 12V and 24V, in both brightness and quality, are identical. We offer both options to accommodate customers who may have an existing electrical system (e.g. 12V battery in an automobile).
If you do not have any existing voltage level requirements, we generally recommend 24V as this allows for longer runs (see below) and reduced voltage drop.
For further information, take a look at our blog post on LED strip voltage selection.
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