What is the high CRI LED Strip Light?
High CRI LED strip lights are a new and flexible type of lightning. The lightning is in varieties, but generally, they have similar characteristics explained below:
- They have lots of independent LED emitters that are attached to a flexible and narrow circuit board.
- They can function on low-voltage DC power.
- They exist in a wide range of variable and fixed brightness and color.
- They are crafted in a long reel which can be cut to the desired length. Double sized adhesives are used in mounting them.
Physical anatomy of High CRI LED Strip Lights
The width of the High CRI LED strip light is 10-12mm, and length is 16 feet or more. The cut lines are within every 1-2 inches that can be cut with a pair of scissors.
Individual LEDs are attached across the strip. The overall quality and light color of an LED strip determine the light quality and color of LEDs.
Double-sided adhesive is pre-applied at the back of an LED strip. To mount an LED you have to peel off the liner then mount on any surface. An LED can be mounted on any surface because of the flexibility of the circuit board. LED strips can also be mounted on uneven and curved surfaces.
The Brightness of High CRI LED Strip Lights
Metric lumens is used in determining the LEDs’ brightness. The level of efficiency is different on differing LED strips. Unlike incandescent bulbs with the same level of efficiency. The wattage rating is not already relevant to ascertain the main light output.
The brightness of an LED strip is usually measured in lumens per meter or per foot. If a High CRI LED strip can provide a minimum of 450 lumens per foot, it is regarded as quality LED. That same output is equivalent to a traditional T8 fluorescent lamp output per foot (E.g. 4-ft T8 fluorescent = 4-ft of LED strip = 1800 lumens).
The brightness of a high CRI LED strip is determined by the following factors;
- Light efficiency and output per LED emitter
- The number of LEDs per foot
- The power draw of an LED strip per foot
There should always be lumens brightness specification for a LED strip light, any LED without it is regarded as a red flag. There is also a low cost LED strip to exist with the claim that they are bright which eventually doesn’t last long.
The LED density and the power of the High CRI LED Strip Lights
Various LED emitters exist in the market which includes 2835, 3528, 5050 or 5730. It is not something to worry about. What matters most is the number of power draw per foot and LEDs per foot.
In order to determine the distance between LEDs, an LED density helps in determining the distance between LEDs. It also helps to determine if there will be visible hotspots between LED emitters. 36 LEDs per foot density is high enough to most evenly distributed, hence the best lightning effect.
When you want to compare the prices of LED strip, an LED density is what to look out for and the most costly of the manufacturing of LED strip.
The next thing to consider before buying a high CRI LED strip is the power draw per foot. It will tell us the power consumption of an LED strip to help you determine power supply requirements and electricity costs. Minimum of 4 watts per foot is required for good quality LED strip.
The CCT of High CRI LED Strip Lights
They come in a variety of colors shades. The most common color is white which most people use for indoor lighting.
Color rendering helps to determine the accuracy of color appearance under the light source. Colors may look washed out, distorted or indistinguishable under a low CRI LED products with High quality to provide lighting that enables objects to show the way they would under natural daylight or halogen. In addition, to get the necessary information about the intensity of the red colors, check the light source R9 value. To get a visual illustration of the performance of the CCT VS CRI, adjust the sliders below.
Single-Color, Dual-color, and Color-changing High CRI LED Strip Lights
Colored LED strips can provide you theatrical and great lighting effect if you consider changing your indoor lighting. You can get a variety of colors that cut across the visible spectrum such as red, blue, infrared or ultraviolet, green, violet and amber.
The colored LED strips to come in two forms which are the color changing and fixed the single color. The single color LED strip, such as daylight LED Strip emits one color because it has just one color channel on the strip while the color-changing LED strip that emits different colors because it has multiple channels of color on its LED strip(s).
In the color-changing strip, the basic colors green, blue and red channels are integrated to allow you to mix different color components to achieve any color.
Some LED strip allows you to tune color or white temperature or even both the RGB hues and color to achieve dynamic lighting.
The electrical parameters of High CRI LED Strip Lights
High CRI LED strips are usually designed to function at 12V or 24V DC. The standard main supply power source (e.g. a household wall outlet) operates at 120/240V AC level which should be converted to the suitable low voltage DC signal. This is mostly accomplished utilizing a DC power source. Please ensure that your power supply has enough capacity to power the LED strips (detailed steps here). Every DC power supply is calibrated by maximum rated power (in Watts) or current (in Amps). You can find out the total power draw of the High CRI LED strip with the following formula:
Power = LED power (per ft) * LED strip length (in, ft)
Example scenario connecting 3 ft of the LED strip where LED strip power consumption is 5 Watts per foot:
Power = 5 Watts per ft * 3 ft = 15 Watts
The power draw per foot (or meter) is almost always listed in an LED strip’s datasheet.
How to connect High CRI LED Strip Lights
Each High CRI LED strip segment has to be supplied with DC power. Additionally, you can connect it with another LED strip section that is directly attached to a DC power source (daisy chain). The connection scheme depends on the kind of plugs or wires provided with the LED strip, as well as whether or not the DC power source has a plug. In case you understand and are comfortable with soldering, it can give the most budget-friendly results.
On the other hand, if you don’t want to deal with soldering, then you can also use a solderless connector. Solderless accessories connect the high CRI LED strip segments to the power supply and other LED strip segment.
How to dim and control the color of LED Strip Lights
Phase dimming is a simple way to manage dimmable lights. The high CRI led strips can either be dimmed using a traditional phase-cut wall dimmer or a DC low- voltage dimmer. The best and most cost-effective dimming method depends on the size of the project and the interface needed. For commercial lighting applications, the AC phase-cut dimmer approach is most ideal. The household and homes prefer the use of traditional wall switch dimmer.
RGB controller is placed between the DC power supply and the LED to manage color control. It is in the form of a digital dimmer module and is best suited for less permanent lighting installations. This allows a dynamic mix of various color components to achieve virtually any color.
How to determine the High CRI LED Strips quality
Led strips can be found almost everywhere in the market. However, there are a number of factors and indicators to determine the quality of the product. The characteristics include;
- Sufficient Coating. Higher quality high CRI LED strips to have a stable coating to withstand high temperatures and avoid cracks as well as to increase the reflectivity of the light and overall light output. If the copper color is exposed by less coating, the quality of the LED strip is compromised.
- LED emitters. The number of LED chips and the quality determines luminosity. The higher the number of chips the higher amperage. Good quality high CRI led strips to have higher longevity.
- Look for high CRI led strip lights with larger, thicker copper tracks. The intensity of copper determines the heat dissipation and as a result, more heat and strips do not bend easily. Because high levels of electrical current must travel through each section, sufficient copper material is needed. Look for strips with a copper weight of at least 2 oz to ensure the circuit board can handle higher power.