Basic Components of Applying RGB LED Strip Lighting
The RGB LED strip light proved to be one of the most popular products at LEDcentre. Its wide range of application allows customers to use really their imagination, decorate and create new moods in their homes or businesses to their own tastes. The most common program in businesses can be found in bars, clubs, restaurants or stage lighting for bands. Besides commercial use, home application is also very common in the kitchen or living room for instance, where mood lighting is often used. When it comes to mood light, and picking colours, the wearer’s imagination is the only limit. In household and commercial uses, the RGB LED strip is applied to enlighten edges of furniture, worktops, to provide a touch of colour to walls, corridors, columns, steps and staircases, illuminate audio visual systems, is used being a party set or background environment for bands.
The two basic components to operate RGB LED strip lights are the RGB LED strip (obviously) and a matching RGB controller. All RGB LED lighting systems require a controller, with which you can determine the colours displayed. The number of effects you can achieve together with your RGB LED string depends both on the tape, and the controller you apply it with. The simplest RGB LED tape has a fixed set of colors that can be displayed in a pre-programmed series.
Once you decide on going for RGB LED strip lights, the technical details you have to pay attention to are the following. LED strip lamps often do not operate at mains, but are low voltage lighting. If so, you need a transformer to connect these to the mains, or you can operate these batteries of the adequate voltage. LEDs require transformers specially dedicated to all of them, so electronic transformers are not ideal, for instance, and also the majority of LEDs need stabilized constant voltage powering. Voltage tolerance may also have significance if you operate the lights from a battery power or an engine (power products need to be stabilized, so this problem won’t occur with them). On vessels, yachts or caravans, Voltage increases when the engine is on, for example. If you would like to apply any low volts LED lights of this kind, always check the voltage tolerance of the lighting among the technical details. When you decide for the strip light, pay attention to the followings: the scale and performance of the light-emitting diodes included in the strip, the technology from the LEDs (low power, SMD power or high power), the light emitted, its IP rating, the direction of the light or the diodes, as well as its coverage. Also, obviously, the range associated with effects you will be able to achieve with the RGB LED tape depends on the knowledge of the strip, so check what color range it provides, or if they may be used with DMX RGB controllers (which provide a full range of mixing colours and widest range of effects).
The technical details of the controller will also be significant. The controller determines the particular performance of the strip lights it can directly be connected to. For example , if the controller is suitable for let’s say 140W performance, and the performance of the RGB LED strip light you will use is definitely 7W per metre, than you can connect 140/7=20 metres of remove lights to it. If you wish to control greater than that, but synchronized together; you will need an RGB amplifier that ahead the signal of the controller. However , since the power that can run through the RGB controller is fixed, the amplifier needs to be powered directly from the particular transformer or the battery. The connection setting of the LEDs you have will figure out the connection mode of the controllers you can use. RGB LEDs have four hooks. Three of these pins are for your colours (RGB), the pole of such pins determine the type of connection. When the LED light or strip gentle has three positive and one adverse pins, the connection is common cathode. When it is the other way round (three adverse, one positive), the connection mode frequently occurs anode.
How does RGB LED technology work?
RGB LEDs basically include three LEDs used in one. The combination of these three colours addresses the full spectrum of colours. The RGB controller works with PMW (pulse-width modulation), which means – at a particular frequency – it turns the LEDs on and off fully (this is precisely the same technique single coloured LEDs are dimmed). If you turn the blue LED off completely for instance, the red and green may create a yellow light together. The color can be manipulated with the frequency individuals LEDs on and off modes. If you include a bit of blue to this yellow, you can receive a lighter green shade. To produce a single colour output the regularity of the full LED must be more than 50Hz.
So , what is the full range of effects possible with RGB Led strip lights lighting?
The simplest RGB LED string lights have a pre-programmed set of color they can emit ranging from four to 16, and the colours rotates based on these programmes. The range of colors displayed can be widened with the knowledge of the strip and obviously the knowledge of the controller. RGB LED laces and ribbons which allow DMX controllers can show several million colours. Besides the normal RGB LED strip lights which can emit several shades of colours, yet only one at a time, exist the multiple colour strips – also called magic LED strips or pixel LED tape lights. This type of RGB BROUGHT rope light requires a special RGB controller. RGB LED strip lights are most often sold with the controllers suitable for their particular operation, or there is a list of recommended controllers indicated at the strip light’s description. Controllers can basically end up being manual, automatic, semi-automatic, pre-set sequence or DMX.
Besides the most commonly used pre-set sequence RGB controllers, a favorite solution for creating your own effects will be DMX controllers, which allow customers a wide range of settings of the brightness, the colour and the pace of colour altering of the strip light. DMX controllers allow you to set the level of brightness, normally have a range of colours over several millions, different speed of display or colour change, this speed is often set to follow the rhythm of music. With this wide range of possibilities to create your personal, unique lighting, only your creativity is the limit.