LED lighting has become a popular option for several good reasons. It is capable of producing the same amount of light as a traditional bulb while using much less electricity. At the same time, the bulb and fitting stay cooler, reducing the risk of electrical fires starting.

You may be surprised to discover that LED bulbs can use 85% less electricity than traditional bulbs, it’s no wonder they are becoming so popular.

LED lighting also adjusts the color shade of a room and can even create subtle lighting effects. It is best to ask a level 2 electrician to undertake the work for you. This is the simplest route and generally the safest approach. After all, electricity is dangerous.

However, if you insist on doing this yourself there are 4 steps you need to follow:

1. Measure The Zone

The first step is to decide where the LED strip lighting is going and how long the strip needs to be. It’s essential to plan any installation before you do it. In fact, sketching your plan is a good idea. You’ll want to consider the brightness of your LEDs and even their shade of color.

It’s also a good idea to calculate the number of watts the LEDs will consume. This will help with electrical usage calculations and ensuring they are plugged into the right socket. You may need to purchase the power supply for your LEDs separately, that’s why you need to know the number of LEDs and the power draw.

2. Connectors

When choosing LED strips you’ll probably need to connect several strips together, as well as connecting them to the mains power. The simplest connectors to use are the quick connectors. These should be built into the LED strips, allowing you to effortlessly connect multiple strips.

Of course, if you don’t like the aesthetic look of these connectors you can solder the strips together. You will need to be confident with your soldering iron.

3. Mounting The Strips

Your next step will be to mount the LED strips on the wall. You’ll want to start by scrubbing the wall to remove any dirt or oil. This ensures the LED strips will stick properly. After washing, you’ll also need to dry the wall thoroughly and leave it for 30 minutes to ensure it is fully dry.

You can then position your LED strips. They have a backing paper that peels off to reveal the adhesive rear of the strips. You’ll want to pull it off a little at a time in order to position your strips properly, Once it’s in place you don’t want to move it, you could damage the wall and remove the stickiness.

It’s best to have a pencil line on the wall to follow, you’ll know they are in the right position.

4. Connecting

At this point, you should be able to connect the strips to your power supply. You’ll need to consider how the power lead is supported, this will ensure it looks attractive and still reaches the power supply. You can then turn them on and admire.