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LED Strip Lighting Projects

Many spaces can benefit from LED strip lighting. In the typical industrial or commercial setting, these include:

  • Trophy cases.
  • Poster displays (e.g., OSHA mandated posters).
  • Dispensing stations for earplugs.
  • Operator stations.
  • Storage closets, storage rooms, and stockrooms.
  • Stairways (supplement the existing lighting with these strips).
  • Document filing areas.
  • Areas that have shadows created by objects in the way of overhead lighting.
  • Task lighting.
  • Spaces around electrical equipment.

It’s not just a matter of running the strips and counting on the light to do its thing. Plan the lighting layout just as you would for any other lighting project. Your installation must be free of defects such as:

  • Excess lighting, shadows.
  • Mis-aimed lighting.
  • Interference with light sources (by objects or people).
  • Lighting washout of computer screens, operator consoles, etc.

The strips typically operate on a few volts of DC. They need a power supply installed, and perhaps a control unit also (or an integrated control / supply). The power supply needs 120V power run to it. There’s usually not a lot of power draw, so you could probably plug the power supply into an existing receptacle.

To give the project a nice finished appearance, mount a box for the controls, power supply, and (if needed) another receptacle.

All of this fine work will be wasted, however, if power quality problems routinely toast your LED drivers. Use a power analyzer to see what’s going on before starting the LED lighting project.

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection