To prevent damage and frustrations from Hardwire soldering the LED tape lights together. Before installation of LED strips, anyone should know the best options to use LED Tape Light Connectors. So here is the ultimate guide to help you understand and use solderless connectors easily.
If you need to link two led strip lights together, leave spacing in between strips, cutting the LED tape light in smaller sections, or just to go around corner surfaces, you will need the right connector to get the job complete. The LED Tape Light Connectors are the most convenient ways to make the additional connection to your led tape lights!
The idea of using LED Tape Light Connectors is to avoid having to use a soldering iron. Also, we do recommend to solder the tape lights for most permanent applications. But since you’re browsing through this blog post, then like many other solution seekers you are looking for the alternatives to soldering. We understand the difficulties of soldering, but before going into the product page and purchasing these 2-pin or 4-pin easy connectors, we recommend to read through this blog post to ensure a successful LED lighting installation project.
Before we go further on how to connect the LED tape lights. let’s take a closer look…
LED 2-Pin Tape Light Connector: It is used for static single color led trips as there are only two connections (positive + and negative – ). In order to use it correctly, you will need to understand its design. Look at the product photo on the right, which shows both sides of the 2-pin connector, notice the shallow 100m slot on each side. The LED tape light slides into that slot, thus placing both power connections on the strip directly under the metal tabs that hold it in place. Once the connections are made, simply secure the connector pins by clip down the open tabs.
We have a variety of LED Flexible strips which can be used for outdoor applications such as the waterproof LED Flexible Tape Light that is protected with a layer of epoxy silicone. With the added protection of the clear coating is important to our clients. You may be wondering how does it will be able to slide into the tape light connectors with the waterproof silicone epoxy? The answer is it doesn’t. But it can be modified by trimming off a small section of the epoxy on the LED strip light at its connection points.
The following is important when it comes to the construction of LED Flexible Strip from Top to bottom:
- Clear Epoxy Silicone
- LED Chips & Resistors
- LED Flexible Printed Circuit Board (LED FPCB)
- 3M Double Sided Adhesive Tape
The most important part of the LED tape is its Flexible Printed LED Circuit Board. It will stop power travel through the rest of the LED strip when it is cut. So when cutting through the silicone on LED strips you must be cautious NOT to cut into the (LED FPCB).
HOW TO CUT THE SILICON LAYER FROM LED STRIP SAFELY:
Step 1. If cutting your LED strip in sections is required, the first cut along the cut line to your desired LED strip length. This cut line is located in between the copper soldering points. It can be easily cut with scissors, no special tools required.
Step 3. Once the cut is complete you can simply peel off the piece of loose silicone.
Step 4. If some silicone residues stuck to the copper soldering points, be sure to lighting scrap and clean the copper surface. If the copper points are not clean will cause the poor connection to the metal tabs on the LED connector. Now the LED strip is ready to fit into the connectors.
Note: This is Important
- Be certain that the metal pins on the LED strip connectors are firmly inserted and touching the soldering copper point of the LED strip. If necessary, lightly apply pressure down on the connector pin if it is loose. If there is a gap in between the connector pin and copper solder point, your LED strip may not light up or flicker when connected to electrical power.
- If waterproof connection seal is required, you will need to apply a layer of silicone epoxy and use heat shrink tube to secure the connection. Simply slide the heat shrink tube over the connection and heat up the shrink tube with a heat gun or a flame. Be careful not to overheat the shrink tube which may cause damage to the wiring and protective layer.
- Make sure the polarity notations on the LED strip and the connectors are correspondent so the positive and negative matchup.
LED Strip Connector Options:
Led 6-inch Strip-to-Strip Jumper: This option includes 6″ stranded wire in between two connectors for the purpose to have a gap in the light or for going around tight corner applications. Available in 8mm and 10mm connector widths.
This should cover the basics of everything. If you have any questions about LED strip lights and custom projects, here is our email: firstname.lastname@example.org or please feel free to contact us by phone at 949-270-0250. For more details on pricing and availability of these connectors, visit our website at step1dezigns.com