At the heart of our RGB lighting is a super-bright RGB (Red Green Blue) LED (Light Emitting Diode) measuring only 5mm x 5mm in size. Red green & blue are primary colours and, since the red green & blue LED's can be controlled individually, they can produce a broad spectrum of colours, including many shades of white. The LED's have a beam angle of 120 degrees.
The RGB LED's are attached to a flexible strip, which has a self-adhesive backing (similar to draught excluder) making them easy to install, and with care, can be bent around corners.
The LED controller is the 'brain' of the system, supplying the R G & B LED's individually with the required power to produce the colour selected on the remote control. It is the LED controller that determines how many colours the RGB strip can display and how many modes (e.g. flash/fade) are available.
All our LED strips and LED controllers are Common Anode - do NOT use with Common Cathode items.
Need more than 20m of strip? Design your own mood lighting using our individual components
For larger installations that require more than 20m of LED strip, click the Excel symbol to use our calculator, which summarises the total power supply requirements and the number of RGB amplifiers required - if any - see the RGB Amplifier page for more information.
Dual-feeding the LED strips for improved performance
Dual feeding the LED strips (Invented by Visualchillout) involves connecting both ends of the LED strip to the LED controller (or RGB amplifier) output, rather than just one end. This reduces the 'dimming' that occurs at the non-connected end - particularly on the 60 LED/m strips. When 2 or more 5m strips are used, we strongly recommend dual-feeding to prevent overheating and to avoid excessive reduction of lighting intensity along the length of the strips - click the pdf symbol to see some examples of dual feeding (restricted access). This requires the use of 4-core cable - see our RGB12 cable section for more information.
Using strip remnants
For our 5m strips, if the strip needs to be cut down to size, the strip remnant can be used to provide additional lighting. For example, a 5m RGB strip is to be used for backlighting a 55" TV which will require approximately 4.2m, leaving a remnant of 0.8m. Beneath the TV is a 1m wide shelf housing AV equipment, so the strip remnant could be used to provide illumination above the AV equipment. Click the pdf symbol to see how.
Click the pdf symbol for some RGB Amplifier application examples (restricted access):
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