Wall-mounted LED strip lights are one of the many options LED lighting provides.
And if you’re wondering what all the hype around these lights is all about, here are just a few of the reasons.
For one, they serve different purposes, such as decorative or indirect lighting, meaning you can enjoy various lighting experiences.
Also, their long, slim shape allows you to mount them just about any way you like.
But just how good are wall LED strip lights? Also, how do you install them, and can they ruin your paint or wallpaper?
This article explains all this and more.
(Caption: Wall LED strip lighting)
What Are Wall-Mounted LED Strip Lights
As the name suggests, these are LED strip lights designed for use on any part or type of wall. For example, you can install them on the common wall, alcove, paneling, cornerstone, or baseboard.
Because of their ultra-thin and long design, there’s almost no limit as to where you can install them. Thus, besides brightening the room, they allow a discreet installation and a more seamless look.
(Caption: Thin, long LED strip)
What Is the Purpose of Wall LED Strip Lights
Wall-mounted LED strip lights serve various functions, thus providing different experiences, including:
With LED strip lights, you get to decorate a space in a way that conveys personality, creativity, and style.
For example, when it comes to your home office, gone are the days when all people got to see during video calls is a blank wall.
Because like a dress, you can style your space to reflect a lot about yourself. After all, the lights come in several color shades.
Also, as mentioned, there’s no limit as to where or how you can place them on the wall.
In today’s lighting trends, you no longer focus the light on one point like a chandelier on the ceiling or lamp. Instead, you can have multiple light sources, including on different walls or parts of the wall for a softer more diffuse light.
Besides an interesting look, indirect lighting on the walls makes a space appear larger. And because it reduces the glare from lights, it gives a room a more comfortable and relaxing ambiance.
If you want your lights to serve a particular purpose, then direct lighting might work better for you.
Unlike indirect lighting, direct lighting shines a light on a particular object or surface, which sometimes is very important.
A good example is LED strip lights on the walls of a staircase. By using them as a direct light source on the stairs, they offer more visibility, enhancing safety.
Interestingly, LED strip lights of varying colors on your walls can be a form of therapy. See, different color wavelengths impact the body’s energy flow and balance differently.
For example, red lights stimulate the adrenal glands to increase energy. Blue lights have a calming effect and help with post-stress relaxation.
And green light helps with pain management and is the best light color if you suffer headaches or migraines caused or exacerbated by light sensitivity.
Why Wall LED Strip Lights Are a Good Choice for Lighting
The following are some features that make Wall LED strip lights a great lighting choice:
Several color shades: The lights come in so many different color hues. What’s great about that is it increases your options, allowing you to get as creative as you like. For example, there are single-color, multicolor, and dream-color LEDs.
Easy Setup and Use: Another great feature of wall LED strips is how easy they are to mount on walls compared to other types of lighting systems.
Customizable: See, wall LED strips allow you to customize them to your desired size to fit your design. That’s because you can cut LED strips to lengths that fit the way you want on the wall.
Also, they’re easy to use as you can use remote control or smartphone to control them.
Wall-Mounted LED Strip Lighting Ideas
Believe it or not, there are hundreds of wall LED strip lighting ideas you can implement at your home. Here are a few:
Accent Wall Lighting
With accent wall lighting, you can bring attention to particular wall sections in your room. For example, the lighting can draw attention to artwork or textured surfaces.
Or by placing them in a particular position, you can enjoy a cast shadow or added dimension in the room.
Also, you can use them as a focal point and visual interest, for example along the borders of your wall, creating a soft radiance.
When you place the LED strips on the wall behind your couch, it creates a sleek appearance.
Also, the lights emit a controlled radiance that makes your reading clearer and more comfortable.
Alternatively, you could place the lights on the walls behind your bookshelf. Now, incorporate colors that are appropriate for reading and you’ve nailed it.
Now try placing strip lights along the bedroom walls and you’ll create a soothing gradient effect.
That’s when one color blends into another so that although you have several colors, they create a gentle and subtle glow.
That way, you enjoy multicolored shadows.
Benefits of Using Wall LED Strips
Here are some benefits of wall LED strips:
They last long: As with all types of LED lights, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a long service with wall-mounted LED strip lights.
In fact, they last up to 50,000 hours and even longer if well-maintained, regardless of whether or not you have them on all the time. So that also means reduced costs and the hustle of regular replacing.
They’re energy-efficient: See LED lights, including wall-mounted LED strips, are over 60% more energy efficient than traditional lights. In fact, they convert nearly all the current they consume to light. Thus, they slush your energy bill significantly.
They emit less heat: See, one reason why bulbs get hot is infrared radiation. And because most LED bulbs don’t emit infrared, they emit less heat. Also, because LED lights are energy efficient, they produce less heat than other types of lights.
How to Attach LED Strips to Wall
Simply follow these steps:
- Measure the strips to your desired length, but include a few extra centimeters.
- Now cut the strips at the marked points. That way, you won’t damage the strip’s circuit. To cut, you can use a knife, scissors or any other sharp device.
(Caption: Cutting LED strips)
- If you need to connect different strips, maybe of different color shades, then use connectors.
(Caption: LED strip connector)
- Now it’s time to install the strips. But before you start, clean the wall surface. Also, ensure the wall is smooth as it helps the adhesive to stick well.
- Next, peel off the back of the strip and slowly press it onto the wall from one end to the other. Just take your time to ensure that it sticks well.
- Lastly, connect the strips to a plug using a connection. Then connect the plug to a power source to confirm that it works.
Do Wall LED Strip Lights Ruin Paint?
No, not necessarily. Interestingly, LED strips in and of themselves don’t damage walls. When damage occurs, it’s the adhesive used to stick them to the wall that’s the culprit. And usually, it’s for two reasons:
- The strips have been on the wall for a long time.
- The adhesive is of poor quality.
Also, how you remove the strips matters. You must follow the correct procedure and exercise extra caution because the adhesive tends to bond strongly to the surface.
Can You Put LED Strips on the Walls?
Without a doubt, you can. See the strips have adhesive backing that allows you to do so.
Also, they’re ultra-thin and long making it easy to mount the strips.
Do LED Strips Need Electricity?
Yes, LED strips use electricity to generate light. Note though that like all LED lights, they use DC (direct current).
That’s it about wall mounted LED strip lights. Now you know what purpose these lights serve and why they’re a good idea.
Also, you have some ideas on how you can apply them and how to mount them.
And in case you had any trepidation about how safe they are, you can be sure that wall LED strip lights don’t ruin paint or wallpaper.