5 Ways to install RGB LED light strips for false ceilings

Not a single repair in the domestic environment is done without well-formed light. Today, if decide to carry out something special, playing on a palette of colors and decorate the room with the help of non-standard sources of false ceiling light. In most cases, you will come to the conclusion that it is necessary to install LED strip lights.

In fact, the procedure is quite simple, even if you are new and have never experienced with electrical work. In this article we will talk about Ceiling LED light strips, we'll tell you How to install LED strip lighting, and we'll consider the problem of connecting the backlight panel of plasterboard and other ceiling materials with respect to RGB LED strips for ceiling.

How to install LED strip lighting for ceiling:

Before buying a product, you should select it. This necessarily start from the characteristics of the corresponding quality of the device. It is important that the LED strip is made and proven very popular manufacturer, the product must be free from defects and damage. Number of LEDs mounted on the tape must match the declared in the document to the lighting to look perfectly at the ceiling.

elegant LED light strips for ceiling

Choosing LED light strips for ceiling, it is important to decide for what purpose it will be used as for the basic source. It has the difference in power tools. Perhaps we should define the emission hue: monochrome is more suitable for quiet rooms, and RGB LED light strips for ceiling is ideal for decorations and room zoning.

Rules to install LED strip lighting:

Determined with the choice, we proceed to the immediate preparation of the device for use, for this we need the following materials at hand:

  • Scissors, pliers, soldering iron;
  • LED strip, power supply connector;
  • Concept connect LED-strip.

Professional Tip!: If the LED strip will work in conditions of high humidity, it is better to buy an option with corresponding protective properties. This will increase the longevity of LED-backlight.

After the preparation of the necessary tools, we begin the installation of lighting in a specific place on the ceiling plasterboard.
How to install LED strip lighting
How to install the strip 
1- Installation of LED tape begins with the preparation area in the ceiling, where it needs to be fixed. To do this, degrease surface, remove the protective layer from the back side of the belt and fasten the unit to the ceiling. It is better to fix the tape once, and then start the connection, as it greatly simplifies the task.

2- If you want to cut the LED strip, do it strictly in the marked place, there are contacts, which are then connected to electricity. After that we clean the cutting contacts "plus" and "minus". Doing this procedure carefully to avoid damaging the strip, eliminate any excess adhesive and protective layer.

3- If you choose a colored LED, 4 pins will be presented on the tape, one of which is negative, and three - that's a plus for each of the colors.

4- On the prepared connector, pins are worn with a lock and are secured on the tape. Ideally, such a device is not used as a more reliably making the connection of wires using spikes.

5- Further, the single-color LED strip variant phase conductor is connected to the positive power supply, a zero - to its minus. If it is necessary to attach the tape from the backlight at the ceiling, the connector is used, in which the connections originate. In the future, all pins are connected to the controller, where the power supply. The ceiling of plasterboard  will be easier to make all the connections without compromising the appearance of the ceiling.

6- After all wiring connections connected via a junction box to the main powered visor are hidden in a niche of drywall. It is better if all the switching is done immediately.

Installation of lighting in the drywall surface for decoration:

Often RGB-tape is placing the main light as decorative lighting, providing zoning and elegant design in the room. The principle is similar to the connection of illumination connection plain white tape, but nevertheless it is important to place the decoration in the niches.
setting the RGB LED light strips for ceiling in the drywall
LED tape is usually set in the framework of the drywall, it is important to properly distribute the light and choose the right shade. lighting mechanism must be in plain sight, as often such a device is controlled by remote control. Below see diagram connecting LED-backlight for decorating any zone.
wiring the RGB LED light strips for ceiling
wiring the strip for ceiling
In appearance, the strip of LEDs inconspicuous, so do not leave it in plain sight. Ideal to hide the design in baguettes or ceiling levels. For an ideal zoning, especially not a large room, ideal to make plasterboard partitions and put  LED colored lighting in them.

Calculation of LED strips and choice of power supply:

Each LED strip has a distinctive density of LEDs on it. Basically, this parameter is 30, 60, 120 pieces per meter. For a wide band, where LEDs are placed in two rows of elements characterized by the presence in an amount of 240 units, but these options are not usually applied to the surfaces of the gypsum board, because it is considered too marker.

If you need the tape more than one meter under the ceiling, it is necessary to sum up the power of each of the LEDs, and building on these calculations, select the appropriate power supply. Consider the example of 5050 SMD tape brand, their consumption will be:

  • with 30 diodes - 7.2 W;
  • with 60 diodes - 14 W;
  • diodes at 240 - 25 watts.
    power supply for ceiling LED strip lights
    power supply

The chosen strip with placing diodes 30 / m, a length of 6 meters, hence its total power must not be less than 45 watts. So, it's better to choose a power supply with the same value, but it is better to buy it with a small margin.

Professional Tip!: Try to choose a power supply that is suitable to its conditions of use, even if it will cost a bit more expensive, but will play an excellent service for the long term.

Lighting design options:

Experiments with LEDs (Light Emission Diode) started immediately after the occurrence of such an element in the market, namely in the middle of the second half of the last century. At first they pushed buyers from cutting the eyes of the world. Also, the range of colors of lamps was rather meager. Today more and more people are interested in how to make LED ceiling lighting. We will give an answer to this question.
stunning ceiling LED strip lights design
Modern scientific and technological progress allows you to create any LEDs color with the most mild range. You can also improve your lighting through the use of LED strips, uninterruptible power supplies and controllers. The latter allows to control the level of illumination and brightness. The technology is so simple that it can be used almost everywhere. Then we'll show you how to make backlight RGB LED strips for ceiling. These works are the most difficult. If you cope with this task, you will easily be able to perform an installation anywhere by yourself.

Today, experts distinguish several basic types of lighting considering the features of each installation:

  • Broken contour;
  • directed;
  • Spot lights (or "starry sky");
  • Curly lights.

The LED strip as illumination:

LED strip lighting implies the use of a shelf as a base. This technology is the most popular, which provide a variety of design solutions. For proper LED strip lighting installation, you need the strip itself and the power source. You must also adhere to certain rules and aspects of the installation.

Choosing LED strip:

First of all you encounter color choice . The best option is the RGB strip controller. It costs as much as and monochrome.
RGB LED light strips for ceiling
RGB strips for ceiling
Now you need to select the appropriate density of the luminous elements. It is of three kinds: 30, 60, 120 pieces per meter. Feeds with a high density light is used for the loop. If the space between the ceiling and niches allow, you can experiment with a number of strips. For example, designers are advised to use the strip density of 60 or above.
Here you will need to purchase four of the controller to the power source. In spite of the costs, as a result you get a wide range of possibilities. For example, you can use the tape rotation. So you can achieve the effect of double lanes or intermittent light. Controller and power supply must comply with the total power required to operate a particular band or strip area. You can find the power consumption on the name of the strip. The first two digits of the four models represent power. Tape 6035 is more powerful than the 3028.

How to mount a strip on the ceiling:

LED strips are fastened to the ceiling by means of Velcro, which are located on the reverse side. You must first remove the protective film. You will need an additional area of PVC. Install it, you can use self-tapping screws. For the use of the stretch ceiling brackets, it's necessary to carry out repairs; you only have to remove the area with tape if necessary. In the case of suspended ceilings made of plasterboard are also encouraged to use the area in a time loop, fastener may lose their properties, and peel off the paper cover, mounting process includes soldering the wires to the LEDs on the tape. Accurate action is needed as carefully as possible, because the small units can not tolerate high temperatures. Use flux paste and solder POS-61 (or another that makes more than 160 degrees temperature). If you lack to practice, use the services of a professional or invite an experienced friend.
LED strip lights location
LED strip location
Do not connect the tape length exceeding 3 meters. They need to be attached to the controller separately. This is also due to the inability of small track tapes to carry a high voltage. The main thing is security. Make sure you have correctly attached the wires. "Plus" on the power supply must match the "plus" on the controller. The same applies to the "minus". The terminals are designated V, R, G, B. Each of them has a connector on the controller. Cutting the tape only along lines indicated by the manufacturer. Otherwise it will lead to down the output of the tape. Only at the ends in the middle need to make the cut with sharp scissors. This method is the simplest. You can achieve greater diversity backlight using other methods.

Spot lights ( "Starry sky")

This light means an arrangement of LEDs, in which they will be sent down. There is also need to carefully read the manufacturer's recommendations regarding the choice of power supply. When soldering, observe polarity and be sure to place each diode in a special tube. Otherwise you risk to face a permanent short circuits.
starry sky design with led strips or spot lights
starry sky design 
If you do not know how to make a stretch ceiling LED lighting, what do you need. You only need to paste the diodes on the ceiling with the help of silicone construction. Adjust the degree of illumination and direction and enjoy the view of the starry sky.

The situation in the case of a suspended ceiling of plasterboard is much more difficult. Here, you'll need at least a basic understanding of the initial installation of such systems. It is necessary to cut an additional plate, measure up and drill the holes for the light, cover it with a translucent panel, and then mount it in the ceiling design niche.
ceiling LED strip lights diode location
 strip diode location

Curly lights:

The equipment for such ceiling illumination need to pre-drill the circular stylus hole, fix the ceiling and install the last LEDs in them. The most common systems, which consist of a center light, downward, and several equidistant, that the beams extend along the walls in different directions. The advantage of this method is that numerous variants lampshades location, that allowing to achieve a unique light.
marvelous LED strip curly lights

The intensity of the flashing and illumination color:

It should be borne in mind that under certain circumstances light can cause psychological disorders. The frequencies it use is prohibited - 0.5 Hz (once every two seconds), 2 Hz (twice per second) Hz and 7 (seven times a second). In particular, such a red light intensity can even lead to epilepsy attack.
awesome LED strip lighting for ceiling design
Do not use a sharp rapid flashing. LEDs should go out and flare smoothly, this requires a special controller. Once you have got; headache, nausea, spots before the eyes after being in the room with LED backlight, turn off the backlight.

Experts note that the colors also have a direct impact on the subconscious and general well-being:

  • Yellow paired with blue sometimes causes groundless hysteria;
  • Blue contribute to the exacerbation of brain activity;
  • Blue and turquoise colors contribute to the pacification or targeting the serious negotiations;
  • Yellow color as tints approximate thereto, do not affect the human;
  • Green (also in combination with yellow) promotes relaxation;
  • Red - is alarming, exciting.
As seen in this article, How to install LED strip lighting for suspended ceiling is not a so difficult task, how it seems at first glance. If you know anything more about their installation, or have personal experience of installation - share with readers your comments below this article.


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