Are you looking to install 12V LED strip lights? Well, you have come to the right place. These bright, beautiful lights seem to be everywhere at the moment. The lights easily transform spaces to give people a fantastic first impression, and can add character to a room.
If you are planning to install LED light strips in your home or office, we have got you covered. You can complete the installation all by yourself.
To get started with your DIY 12V LED light strip installation, you need some tools.
Installation Tool List for 12V LED Light Strips
The tools you need for a complete installation are below.
- One or two reels of 12V LED light strips ( you may need more, depending on the project)
- Soldering Iron and Solder (how to use – click here)
- Gauge wire
- Wire stripper (info)
Energy-efficient 12V LED light strips should be purchased from a reputable brand. This is important to ensure that you will get your money’s worth. Also, good brands of LED lighting means that you won’t need to bother about maintenance costs, because the LED light strips will last for a very long time.
When choosing a gauge wire, please check the insulating rating of the product. For this project, you will need at least ten reels of gauge wire, which feature two conductors made of 16 gauge wires.
A soldering iron is used to connect the LED light strips, and you need an adhesive to hold it in place, at the final stage of installation.
Please note that you will need a source of power nearby, to test your installation connections, and to ensure that the lights turn on before the final installation is done.
First, you will need to solder the 12V LED light strips together. This should be easy. But, please ask an experienced person to help you with the soldering task if you don’t know how to use the equipment.
Next, connect the light strips to a power source. Ensure that all the LED panels light up when the switch is turned on.
After testing your connection, set up the light strips as you want it. You can outline a picture, mirror, or hallway.
Use the adhesive to hold the LED light strip firmly to a surface, where necessary. Check to be sure that the connection to the power source is properly insulated, and there is no risk of exposure to electricity.
All the LED lights should pop up when you turn on the switch. If you have a dimmer switch connected, test it to be sure it works.
That’s it! Now, step back and admire the beautiful lighting that you have created.