How to Install LED Strip Lights?

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LED lights are quite popular at the moment. The invention of LED strips changed the industry, and now, you can place a light feature almost everywhere. The ability to be creative encouraged many people to install the strips themselves and take charge of the amount and placement of the light inside the house. If you are one of those people, or simply look for a straightforward guide to LED strips lights installment, keep on reading. 

What will you need? 

LED stripes tend to come as ready-made kits that provide you with basic equipment that you will need to install them. However, there are still a couple of things that you might need to complete the process: 

  • a dry rag,
  • scissors, 
  • mounting clips. 

If you don’t want to install the LED strip directly on the furniture or walls, you might want to equip yourself with LED aluminium profiles. Such profiles are also beneficial if you have children to have a layer of protection between their hands and the strip itself. You can find such profiles online on sites like or try to buy them at local shops specializing in lighting features. 

Step 1: Clean and Dry the Surface

Once you have everything you need, it is time to start by selecting the space where you want to install your LED strips. Because most strips come in with adhesive tape, you have to prep the chosen space. Take your dry rag and wipe the surface. If there is some extra dirt, please clean and dry it then wipe it again, before attempting any further steps. 

Step 2: Unroll the Strip and Cut It if Necessary

The next step is to prepare your LED strip and unroll it. Look for any signs of damage, before you install it anywhere. Once, you are sure there are no faults, peel the adhesive tape and carefully stick it on the surface you have chosen. Make sure that it has firmly adhered and there are no air bubbles present. If the strip light is too long, please cut off the excess with your scissors at indicated spots on the strip.

Step 3: Stick The Light Strip to the Chosen Surface

When your LED light strip is ready to be installed, tear the 3M self-adhesive sheets and paste it onto the surface. Take your time and try to do this step as precisely as possible. There won’t be much room for any adjustments. 

Step 4: Connect the Strip and Turn On the Light

Now, that the strip is in place, it is time to power it with some electricity. Turn to the controller and link it to the LED strip lights and connect the adapter. Then, connect the adapter to the mains and turn on the light. If your lights are up and working, the process is finished and you have successfully installed the LED strip lights. If you use remote control, remember to unplug the battery insulation sheet before use. 

For rougher surfaces, you might need to install mounting clips to keep the strip light in place. In case of moist places like bathrooms, waterproof strip lights are recommended.

Final Thoughts 

Installing LED Strip Lights is a pretty straightforward process that requires a bit of your time and precision. You can make adding LED lights your weekend DIY project and instantly change the look of your house.