LEDs, which stand for Light Emitting Diodes, have transformed the way we take care of residential and commercial lighting in many different ways. For one, you can have vast customization options to fit your needs and requirements, along with a lot of flexibility and control in order to make the lighting strips behave as you want them to. All of this combined results in a very good looking home environment that has a lot of futuristic vibes.
LEDs are especially suited to be used for accent lighting applications, mainly due to their high brightness (given their modest power consumption) and small size, which means that you are able to fit them wherever you need them the most. Following are some quick tips and guidelines to help you sort out accent lighting around your home:
Choose Your Product
This might seem easy, but once you see the sheer number of products available on the market, you will quickly realize that making a choice is not that easy as it first seems. Of course, you can’t really go wrong when picking a high-quality LTECH RGB controller along with a pair of lighting strips of the same brand, but make sure to get exactly what you need by taking into account the length, size and LED count of these parts. You don’t want something that is either too big or too small for your application, as you could be wasting money unnecessarily.
Figure Out What Needs to Be Lit
The main feature of accent lighting is the fact that only a few parts are going to be lit once the main lights are switched off. Placing LEDs everywhere you want defeats the purpose of LED lighting, and it might even make your home too flashy. A good idea is to place LEDs near edges, staircases and any other places you want people to notice at first glance.
Picking Colours and Patterns
If you want, you can purchase a lighting strip which consists of LEDs which only have a single color, but it is often better to go for something which supports a wide range of colors, as you can then switch to a different color once you get bored. If you want even more control with what you can do with the lighting strips, purchase a good DMX controller that allows you to even customize the dimming and fading of the lights.
Ensure Correct Power Delivery
When powering up your lighting strips, make sure to deliver enough voltage and current to make them work within safe limits. Too little and your lights won’t work properly, while too much can cause damage and even shorts which can lead to fires. Be especially careful with high voltages: while you have a lot more room for error when it comes to current, try to stay within the safe voltage limits.