You can always easily cut LED light strips and adapt them to suit your needs. This is without a doubt one of the biggest advantages of these lighting systems
LED light strips are strips that come in rolls of different sizes meant for lighting. Here’s a simple guide to help you cut them.
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CUT LED LIGHT STRIPS AND KEEP THEM WORKING
One of the most frequently asked questions by our customers is whether they can cut LED light strips and keep them working.
The answer is YES, the LED light strips can be cutted without damaging them to suit the size of your requirement.
To cut LED light strips is very easy. You will only need a tape measure and scissors.
Also, consider some glasses in case your eyesight is not very good …
Let’s see the steps:
1.- TO CUT LED LIGHT STRIPS, MEASURE IN ADVANCE WHERE YOU'LL BE INSTALLING THEM
Our first recommendation to cut LED light strips is that you plan very well where you are going to install it.
Maybe you have decided to do it in a super easy and basic place like under the kitchen cabinet or under a shelf …
But you could also opt for more complex designs such as ambient lighting for a room installed on the ceiling, or in a furniture with a complicated design.
Whatever your design is, first measure the length of LED strip you will need to illuminate your project
Remember that after you get to cut LED light strips, you can install them almost anywhere to create many different light scenes. This is why it is important that you be clear about the space where the LED strip will be located.
In this collection of ready-to-install kits you can decide the appropriate LED light strip for your space according to the effect, function and / or setting that the light will create.
2.- TO CUT LED LIGHT STRIPS USE THE CUTTING GUIDE
This is the phase where you’ll need good eyes or a good pair of glasses!
All LED light strips come with these so-called “CUT GUIDE”. You will recognize these guide because you will see small copper dots (golden color) on the strip.
The distance from one cut-off point to another varies from one LED strip to another.
Often, the cutting guide is also marked with the scissors symbol. It is actually quite simple to know where to cut LED light strips.
Choose the cut-off point closest to your measurement and if it doesn’t exactly match, you will select the previous module or cutting point.
3- SIMPLY CUT LED LIGHT STRIPS WITH A PAIR OF SCISSORS
Once the cut-off point or cutting guide is located, make the CUT!
Use good quality scissors and try to be very precise on your cutting line so that you won’t unnecessary damage any LEDs.
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4-SPLICE ONE END OF THE CUT LED LIGHT STRIPS TO A "QUICK CONNECTOR"
All of our LED light strips come with a “quick connector”.
In case you need to install an already cut LED light strips in a new connection, you must then connect the end of it to a “quick connector”.
The quick connector is a small device that has an opening to insert and fix the cutted LED light strip and returns its connectivity.
This connector has a positive side (red wire) and a negative side (black wire)
Insert the LED light strip into the opening, matching the positive and negative sides of the strip with the positive and negative sides of the “quick connector”.
IMPORTANT: at this point is where A LOT of non-expert PEOPLE ARE USUALLY MISTAKEN in the connection of the LED strip.
If connecting the LED strip does not light up, do not assume it is burned out. Perhaps it is this little step that is poorly executed.
In conclusion, we can say that between the advantages of LED light strips is that we can adapt them to any size we might need.
Cutting them is very easy and you don’t need great knowledge but good scissors and glasses to see well up close.
However, there are several points that you should check once you are installing your LED light strips to prevent them from malfunctioning or flickering. Check in this link what you should avoid
Dare to cut your LED strips yourself and you will see all the things you can do.
If you still need to buy LED strips to illuminate your spaces, you can check our store here where you will get a huge variety of types of LED strips.