LED Tape - Frequently Asked Questions

LED Tape - Frequently Asked Questions

Question   What type of LEDs are used on your LED Tape?
Answer   Our LED Tape uses branded Epistar LEDs with 3 emitters on each chip these are called "5050" LED SMD Chips they are up to 3 times brighter than the many cheaper single LED Chips called "3528" LEDs.
Question   I have seen cheaper LED Tape elsewhere, why does yours cost more?

Our LED Tape has a double protective coating with Silicone on the outside of a central resin core.  This is much more durable, does not smell and will not split like Resin LED Tape.  This even allows the LED Tape to be unpeeled and reused elsewhere.

The LEDs on our LED Tape are from by an established (1996) Manufacturer in Taiwan called Epistar, the LEDs have proved themselves to have a long lifetime and are of very high quality, a lifetime of at least 50,000 hours can be expected.

Epistar LogoMany of the cheaper LED Strips and Tapes use LEDs which from the outside look identical to the Epistar LEDs but they are cheap Chinese copies with poor internal materials which give rise to a short lifespan.  The LEDs on these cheap strips are usually mounted to a very thin circuit board with copper tracks which do not adequately dissipate the heat away from the LEDs further shortening the lifetime of the product. Most of these LED Strips are designed for short term use such as festival and holidays.

The cheap Chinese LED Strips can also have LEDs which are poorly graded for colour consistency so the colour along the length of the same strip can look very uneven, for example some LEDs may appear a different white colour to others which can look blue or warm white in colour.

For long term use and professional installation our LED Tape is a much wiser choice.

Question   Does LED Tape need Drivers?
Answer   The LED Tape is 12vdc so will require a Power Supply, this is basically a Transformer which reduces mains 240vAC to a safe 12vdc. The Colour Changing RGB LED Tape will need a Flexi (Colour) Driver so that it can display 2.1 million of colours, addditional controllers are optional.
Question   How far can the LED Tape be installed from the Power Supply?
Answer   We recommend no further than 15 Meters away using a heavy 2-core cable (1.5mm2) to reduce potential voltage drop which could cause the LED Tape to be dimmer than it should be.
Question   Can LED Tape and LED Strips be dimmed?
Answer   Yes, but this should be done by using one of our dimmers between the LED Tape and the output of the Power Supply. It should not be dimmed from a standard wall dimmer.  Our RGB Colour Changing LED Tape has Hue, Brightness and Saturation Control if used with the ZEN Controller, all of these settings can be changed with the remote control.
Question   What is the maximum length of LED Tape that can be powered?
    6 Meters is the most that should be powered in a continuous length or the brightness along the LED Tape will not be uniform. To create the appearance of a continuous run for example 12 Meters, use 2 lengths of 6 Meter Tapes and sit them end to end with each length wired back to the power supply.
Question   How much LED Tape can be powered from a single power supply
Answer   From a 12.5A PSU we would recommend no more than 23 Meters.  For example installation in a venue requiring 40 Meters, we would recommend using 2 x 12.5A Power Supplies each running 20 Meters of LED Tape, these could be 4 x 5 Meter Lengths sat end to end, or 3 x 6M lengths and 1 x 4 Meter length.
Question   Is the LED Tape waterproof?
Answer   Our LED Tape is waterproof, i.e it can be splashed but submersion under water is not recommended. The products is particularly suited for use in bathrooms and kitchens or even outdoors.
We also stock an LED Strip which is not waterproof and is ideal for dry locations where it will not be subject to water such as the living room, restaurants, bars, clubs, conference centers etc.  Since there is no protective silicone to remove prior to soldering it is faster and easier to cut and join than the waterproof version.