What is ceiling lights LED ribbon under the skirting

12 October 2017

LED ribbon - decorative element, which is currently very popularLED strip - a decorative element, which is currently very populyarenLenta is a strip of thickness 2-3 mm, where the LEDs are located. The interior of the house or apartment the presence of LED lighting makes the home unique, introduces new colors. In addition, the purchase of the decor does not hit on the wallet.

Plinth to illuminate the ceiling: the options

The basis of design - this LED strip, which will be laid under the plinth. He, in turn, has an empty cavity where wiring is laid itself (it is integrated in a flexible silicone band). Ceiling lights LED ribbon fed from 12-volt dc, respectively, supplemented lighting unit power and automatically, which regulates the voltage to the required level. All these elements are hidden behind a tension or a false ceiling, though it is possible to construct a separate box for plasterboard all this (there will also be access to other communications in the home, on the internet type, junction box, a telephone line and so on).

Skirting under LED strip it must be manufactured with materials which dissipate heat wellSkirting under LED strip it must be manufactured with materials which dissipate heat well

From the side of the window if it is in the room, it is recommended not to use the skirting and cornice pripotolochny (of course, if the design will be complemented by curtains). It can be made of the same drywall, plastic, polyurethane, or even plaster.

Plinth with a cavity under the LED light from conventional differ in that they dissipate heat well. And this is - is crucial for LEDs, which can be heated up to 40-60 degrees. If the power of the elements used is very low, then worry, do not have it.

Ideal - is the plinth of the same drywall.

Its advantages are:

  • resistance to high humidity (prevents closure);
  • low weight;
  • fixing - with glue;
  • easy handling in the corners (where you need to perform a frame of decorative corners).

Ceiling lights LED ribbon under the baseboard: power calculation

LED strip are produced mainly in small rolls, the length of each - 5 meters. Power may be given in watts or lumen (i.e., that is, the density and luminance of the luminous flux). These data can generally be ignored, if the room has a separate and general lighting, that is, a chandelier.

Significantly density and the number of items that are located on each linear meter of ribbon. Standard parameters - from 30 to 120 elements. One should also mention the so-called RGB tape, which set multiple types of LEDs (different colors). They can be used except for the arrangement of decorative lighting, but not the main one. It is better to give preference to a monotone (white or yellow). These LED Strip provide more lumens for the same rated power.

Before selecting a power supply for connecting LED strip need to consult expertsBefore selecting a power supply for connecting LED strip need to consult experts

You also need to remember the correct selection of the power supply. With these problems, as a rule, does not arise, since it involved vendors. They will pick up and the machine (also known as PWM controller) and power supply unit on the specified parameters, to prevent overheating and possible damage.

As a rule, a tape with a density of 120 elements per meter, consumes 40 watts (equivalent to incandescent lamps). Luminous flux is somewhat longer (about 60-80 watts in the same terms). Here on these data and can calculate.

In some cases it is necessary to take into account parameters such as:

  • parameter TDP (the amount of heat that develops in the LED ribbon maximum load);
  • a built-in PWM controller (machine is not necessary, only the power supply);
  • IP-class (protection from external factors such as moisture, low temperatures, vibrations and so on).

Installation of LED ribbon under the baseboard

Installation of LED ribbon under the baseboard does not cause any problems, since it has a special hidden niche where it will be laid silicone flexible "line." Gluing it is best to double-sided tape. Some tape initially have an adhesive layer. That is, they rear side is covered with a special paper tape, which must be removed and simply press down the tape to the niche floor.

The hardest part of fixing tapes - is the performance of transitions in the cornersThe hardest part of fixing tapes - is the performance of transitions in the corners

With wires problems do not arise, because here they are integrated in the very LED strip along the entire length. If you want to connect two tapes, we must conclude the wires in each of them, and connect with the correct polarity. The junction thus recommended pour silicone (rubber) adhesive.

There are two main options for how this can be done:

  1. Create corner a smooth transition and simply bend the tape at an angle of 75 degrees.
  2. Cut the tape and connect the wires only. Elastic base will not have to bend.

If you use the second option, then you need to ensure that between the strips was the minimum distance. Otherwise, it does not turn out beautiful shadow transitions that are quite striking.

Connecting additional components for LED lighting

Connect the tape directly to a network of 220 volts - is prohibited. LEDs - elements that work only on a DC with a voltage of 12 volts (there are 9V and 24V). The adjustment of these parameters, the machine (controller), and the power supply. These are the elements that you want to hide from prying eyes and protect against moisture. The simplest option - installing them in the cavity attachment or stretch ceiling. If the LED ribbon is attached to the main ceiling, then it is recommended not to make a big niche (you can on the wall directly behind the skirting board).

Be sure to check the correct connection of the controller to the first use of the tape. If there is to reverse the polarity, it can be put out of actionBe sure to check the correct connection of the controller to the first use of the tape. If there is to reverse the polarity, it can be put out of action

It allowed occupancy LED strips simultaneously in several rows? In principle, it is possible, but no gains in the efficiency of light will not grow. And to find on sale skirting boards with a broad niche - quite difficult. In these cases, experts recommend to do to take advantage of ceiling cornices. Complement curtains - will be required. They differ from the baseboards presence lambrequin, that is, the decorative front panel.

When connecting the LED strip should be checked carefully:

  1. correct polarity (plus - to positive, negative - to negative). Otherwise, the light simply will not work.
  2. The maximum allowable power supply capacity.

By the way, choosing the latter, you need to take into account more and such a parameter as the power supply. For example, if the LED strip along the entire length consumes about 120 watts maximum power that the power supply should be at the level of 150-160 watts. Otherwise, it will burn out quickly.

Calculate the correct power may be of special tables, or the directions on the tape itself (where indicated consumption per meter). That is, this figure will need to be multiplied by the total number of the used LED strip.

Using the RGB-tape for illumination by a plinth

If you plan to use RGB-tape, they are equipped with an additional adapter, which allows switching the type of the current backlight or combine multiple elements work concurrently (LED may not illuminate multiple colors simultaneously). They are either divided into different elements, or all of them - several LEDs under one body.

Large RGB-ribbon plus is that it can change its colorLarge RGB-ribbon plus is that it can change its color

That is, there is a key difference - the need to complement the design of special control (so-called RGB-adapter). It connects through a unique connector and there confuse anything - will not work.

Using the RGB-ribbon to remember:

  • it gives less volumetric lighting;
  • the total power consumption in terms of - above;
  • if the controller has the ability to remote control - it is necessary to have a minimum of obstacles.

Mount ceiling lights LED ribbon under the skirting (video)

Backlit LED ceiling under the skirting tape is very easy to handle. The hardest part - to correctly position the power supply and controls and make their connection, as well as calculate the actual power consumption of the lighting system. 

Examples backlight LED ceiling under the skirting strip (photo interior)

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