How Do You Reset LED Lights: Steps on Resetting LED Strip Lights and Troubleshooting Resetting Issues

How do you reset LED lights? From time to time, you may experience issues with your LED lights. 

And when that happens, you’ll need to troubleshoot and often reset the lights. But how and when should you reset LED lights? 

Also, what do you do when you face issues while resetting or when the problem persists after resetting? 

This article provides a detailed guide on how to reset your LED lights and how to troubleshoot common resetting issues. 

When to Reset LED Strip Lights

Often after troubleshooting, you’ll find several reasons you may need to reset your LED lights. One, you need them to work as they should.

Or, often, when trying to adjust the brightness, you find that you don’t achieve the color you want. 

Also, say you usually control the lights via remote Wi-Fi connectivity.

Sometimes, the remote does not function as it should for one reason or another. When that happens, resetting helps.

And the way to do that is by carrying out a factory reset through the remote control.  

Remote control for LED strip lights

(Caption: Remote control for LED strip lights) 

How to Reset LED Strip Lights: Step-by-Step Guide

See LED strip lights come in different sizes and styles. And different brands have different methods of resetting. 

Therefore, it’s vital to understand what type of LED lights you have so that you can employ the appropriate way of resolving any issues, including resetting.  

Below are two standard methods that likely apply to your strip lights:

1. Remote Power Button Method

Now this method applies to remote resetting. 

  • First, plug in your LED strip lights and turn them on. Then unplug the power adaptor from the LED strip lights. 
  • Next, press and hold the power button (or long press) on your remote for a few seconds. Then reconnect the power supply to your LED strip lights. 
  • After that, long press the power button until the LED lights come on. It should take about eight seconds. 
Long-pressing remote power button

(Caption: Long-pressing remote power button)

  • You’ll notice that your LED lights’ colors alternate between green, red, blue, and yellow. Wait until the lights stop flashing the different colors, then release the power button on your remote. 

Your RGB LED strip lights should be up and running. 

2. Power Supply Method

The power supply method involves interrupting the power supply by plugging and unplugging your lights. 

To reset using this method, follow these four basic steps: 

  • First, unplug your LED strip lights for a few seconds, then plug them in. 
  • Again, unplug the lights for five seconds and then connect them again. 
  • Now repeat this process at least five times. 
  • Lastly, check for any flashes of different colors. If the reset is successful, you’ll see your LED lights flash different colors. 

Sometimes, your lights may still not work likely because your timing was off. 

If that’s the case, try repeating the process, ensuring the correct timing of the unplugging and plugging and repetition.

How to Reset Smart LED Multicolor Strip Lights

Multicolor LED strip lights

(Caption: Multicolor LED strip lights)

Usually, there are two reasons that may prompt you to reset your smart LED multicolor strip lights.

  • First, it may be because you’re trying to set up the LED strips for the first time. And you’re having a hard time adding the strip to your Sengled hub. 
  • Secondly, you may have deleted the strip from your hub, typically through the Sengled Home app.

You can reset your lights by locating the corded controller attached to the LED’s power supply. 

Simply insert a piece of paper or an object of equivalent size into the reset button hole. 

Then, press the reset button for a few seconds (about 10 seconds). 

You’ll know you’ve succeeded at resetting when you see five flashes and the light cycle through the colors blue, green, and red. 

At this point, the strip lights are ready and you can add the strip to your hub. Remember to add it to your hub as if it were the first time you’re doing it. 

How to Reset Sengled LED Strip Lights

Usually, Sengled LED lights don’t need as many resets as other LED types. 

Still, occasionally, you may encounter issues and find that you must reset them. 

For example, you find it hard to set up your lights because it does not appear on your Sengled element hub. 

Another possible cause of failure for which you will need to reset is you accidentally removed the strip from your hub through the Sengled Home app. 

Whatever the reason you need to reset your Sengled strips, the following are four steps you can follow: 

  • First, locate the corded controller attached to the power supply. 
  • Then, insert a similar-sized object into the reset hole of the controller.
  • Next, press the reset button in the hole and hold for eight seconds. 

Your strip lights should flash five times and then follow up with flashing blue, green, and red. 

Alternative Ways of Resetting LED Strip Lights

Occasionally, your LED lights won’t turn on after resetting. Should that happen, here are other ways to reset them. 

  • Change the batteries: This method applies to LED strip lights that use batteries as a power source. It’s an easy way to reset the lights. 
  • Change the settings: You can do so by changing the color brightness or selecting a different color light mode. 
  • Clean contacts and turn the power off and on. If all other efforts don’t bear fruit, check the contact pints and clean them using a cotton swab or Q-tip. Then, try powering on the lights to check if they’re working. 
  • Use different power sources: For example, you can use AAA batteries instead of AA. Or you can use a different power outlet for the AC adaptor

Troubleshooting Common LED Strip Light Resetting Issues

The following are some common resetting issues you may come across:

  • LED strips are not turning on when reset: If the LED strips still won’t turn on after you have reset them, then likely the problem lies with the power supply. So ensure it’s providing the required voltage and amperage that your lights need. 
  • LED strip lights flicker when reset: If, after resetting the strips, you notice flickering, then check the connection. Are all the strips securely connected? And is the connection tight enough so that there’s no power surge? 
  • LED strip lights not responding to the controller: When that happens, try resetting the remote control. Simply unplug it, then plug it back in. 
  • LED strip lights not displaying colors as they should: Sometimes, the LED strips won’t display color correctly even after resetting. When that happens, cut the power to the strip for a few minutes and then turn the lights back on. 
  • LED strip lights not working after resetting: Sometimes, you’ll try again and again to reset your strip lights, and they still don’t work. In that case, the only solution is to consult the manufacturer’s troubleshooting guide. Alternatively, contact customer support for help.    


How Do You Fix LED Strip Lights That Won’t Change Color?

Usually, reversed polarity is the reason LED strip lights won’t change color. 

That means you connected the strips to the power supply the wrong way or in the wrong order.

 So all you need to do is disconnect the lights and correct the connection.

Why Is My LED Strip Light Not Responding?

Sometimes, it’s as simple as the lights are not properly plugged into the wall, so there’s no power supply. 

Or the batteries are dead and need replacing.

 In other instances, it could be that the wires are loose and in need of tightening. 

Or, and in this case, you likely need a professional’s help; there’s too much insulation

What Causes LED Strip Lights to Stop Working?

Often, it’s something as basic as dirty or dusty contacts preventing power from flowing through the strip lights.

 Another possibility is that the lights have moved from the connectivity hub. 

If that’s the case, the solution is to reset the LED lights and connect them back to your hub all over again. 


So how do you reset the LED light? Now you know. 

The two most common methods are using the remote button and cutting off the power supply.

 Also, you know how to reset both Sengled and smart multicolor LED strip lights. 

And if resetting does not work, you know other ways to reset them.

 If, unfortunately, the problem persists, then seek professional assistance.