You may have already seen the tape of advertisements, decorations, LED headlights and other places. But how do these tapes work? What is the difference between the tape and the LED lamp? Can I use the LED tape anywhere? Can I use in my vehicles like cars, motorbikes or trucks? What better use for a LED? As the Bluelux works with tapes LED? Learn more about the LED tape here.
What Is a LED Ribbon
The LEDs are LEDs, i.e. are semiconductor materials that can turn a small amount of electrical energy that goes through them in light. Only the amount of light emitted by a single LED is not enough to light up entire environments. Generally they are used to flag things as connected devices. LED tapes however, grouping several LEDs connected to allow the lighting of environments or specific spaces.
On the tapes, several LEDs are connected in series and with little amount of energy can emit light brightness reasonable. The LEDs work exclusively with continuous voltage and current, i.e. batteries, batteries and power sources that don’t vary from polarity. This is one of the characteristics of LED, he can only allow the passage of current in one direction. In another sense the energy is “barred”. So it is important to always connect the LEDs with the right polarity, positive to positive and negative to negative.
Why Is It Necessary to Use Drivers?
The tension we have in our power grid is toggled and it would not be possible to connect LEDs directly into the outlet. It is necessary then the use of drivers, who can transform the alternating energy in continuous. Another important feature of the LED is that it consumes little energy, so the drivers are also responsible for decreasing the voltage and current supplied to the LEDs.
But not just any driver that can be connected to any LED tape. The drivers must have the same specifications of power (watts), voltage (volts) and current (AMPS) to those indicated on the LED strips. The use of different specifications drivers may cause burns or a malfunction LED Ribbon.
A driver that provides voltage, current or power greater than those specified for your LED strip can burn or burn some of the LEDs. It may be that this driver to light the LED tape your correctly, but a driver that provides more energy than you need will probably be more expensive.
In the otherwise, when using a driver that provides voltage, current or power less than those specified, the driver will not provide enough energy to power all LEDs. So the LED tape may not work, work with partial brightness or light only some LEDs.
LED Tape X LED Lamp
The main difference of LED tape for LED lamp is on the lamp driver is already integrated into your circuit, and you can plug it directly into the mains socket. This can still be considered a disadvantage of tapes. The brightness and the color of the LEDs may also vary according to the indicator used by both. The choice depends on your application and the type of lighting you want to create.
Advantages of LED Tape
Among the advantages are the flexibility and the multiple functions that a tape could have LED. The tapes are most commonly used in environments and decorations to create scenarios such as in living rooms, dining room, kitchen, bathrooms, swimming pools, furniture, among others. The uses of LED strips are numerous and your usage is important for locations where the use of lamps would not be possible or weren’t going well.
LED strips can also be divided. Normally the LED strips are designed to be divided to 3 LEDs or 3:00 pm 6:00 pm 6 LEDs. So you can make extensions and go dividing LED into small pieces rather than using the tape all in one place.
You must use the same drivers with the same specifications and connections between the divided parts must be made carefully, respecting the polarities. The divisions are also made in specific locations, which typically appear with two dots of copper or other metal, so that later you can be a soldier again.
You can use the LED tape of various creative ways, such as creating a mirror infinity. Check out how to make an infinity mirror in Mist8k video.
A constraint that we found would be installing in cars. Understand the reason.
Led Tape Use in Vehicles
Using LED strips in vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, trucks and other is not recommended, even if tapes are sold in workshops or that are sold for this purpose. The reason is because most vehicles are not designed to work with these accessories.
Most cars that have LED lights have come assembled and are designed with these accessories. The replacement of lamps or the full set of LED-headlight with the same characteristics as the original may not be a problem. The problem is the addition of LED tape without your vehicle accepted the addition of this accessory.
When you turn on an LED in your tape drive can happen the following problems:
- When connecting the LED tape you may be directing part of the energy that would go to another car to tape function. For example, you can transfer the energy that feeds your beacon for the tape and so your headlight does not work correctly, and may cause to your burns.
- Car batteries, although providing the corresponding LED tape voltage (12V or 24V for example), do not have a current controller. To start the car, for example, there may be a current and peak LEDs burn.
- The premises of the LED strips may not be done correctly and the wires and materials used may not support the physical conditions that pass the vehicle, like rain and high temperatures. The disruption of the wires can cause short circuits, ruin the battery and even cause a fire on the vehicle because of the sparks generated.
Bluelux and LED Strips
The LED strips can also be used with the Bluelux. The Bluelux Pro was designed to control lamps, light bulbs, LED strips, and other combinations with power up to 400W. To do this, simply install the Bluelux Power Pro and then connect it to the driver that controls your LED Strip.
Normal drivers allow only light and turn off the LED strips. To have the led brightness control is necessary for the drivers and the tapes used are dimming, as well as the dimming lamps. Therefore, when buying a driver for a dimerizável LED tape piece by a driver that can be controlled by dimer or I have the brightness control for power.
In the near future, we believe that LED strips, as well as LED lamps have come with integrated drivers, there is no need to buy them separately. The next step will be to replace the fluorescent lamps, which we need to dispose of properly, by bars or LED that will be enhanced with integrated drivers and connectivity.
If you still have any questions about LED tapes please contact us and we will be ready to help you.
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