These super-bright LED lights have many uses when it comes to lighting your house. In this article, we show how you wire LED strips to a switch. LED lights are what modern homes have. There is a study showing that light can affect mood. LED lights also save money as they are not power-hungry. Having your LED strip connected to a light switch makes it easy for you to control it.
You see, there are many combinations that you can do with this in mind. You can have switches and dimmers, as well as wireless controls that make this process very simple and convenient. And, to better understand how these solutions work, let’s take a look at what LED strip to light switch looks like. Commonly, you have a basic LED strip system. Then, you have your LED strip connected to a switch connected to a power supply, which is then connected to 120 volts of electricity.
What You Will Need
The LED strip system will consist of three devices:
- The LED strip
- A control device (The control device could be a physical option such as a switch or a dimmer; it could be a wireless solution such as a Bluetooth controller.)
- and The power supply
If you choose barrel connectors as the switch, it will be connected to the light strips and the power supply. This way, it could simply attach both ends by plugging both ends of the barrel connectors to the strips and your power supply.
Connecting LED Light Strips To Your Car
When connecting the strips to you your car, you need to turn off the negative power from your battery. Then, decide where to put your lights, let’s say, under your dash for both passenger seat and driver’s seat. If you are using a rocket switch in which there are three chromes, each chrome has a specific wire to connect to. These are for power, accessory (your lights), and ground.
In connecting the wires, your red wire will be connected to the power chrome. This will go to the battery with a 10AMP in-line fuse connecting it in between. Then, for the ACC or accessory chrome, this will be connected by the positive lead of your lights. For the last chrome, you will connect the ground wire (black wire). You can use an extension line and separate the wire. With the help of wire connectors, wire the other line connecting to the ground wire from your lights, and the other wire will go directly to the negative side of the battery.
Once all wirings are in place, mount your LED lights to your desired location. Make sure to install your switch at the driver’s side for accessibility. For better clean aesthetic, have your wires kept hidden under your dash, the same thing goes with your lights as well.
Another Example: Kitchen Lighting
You can install the power supply in the cabinet, and this does not need special skills.
All you have to do is to place your power supply hidden inside the cabinet. If you opt to put your light strips under your cabinet above the counter, the lights are facing downwards. The wire that connects to the strips slips through under, and the other wire is fed out of the side of the cabinet to a plug behind( like, for instance, a fridge). With the power fed down and strip in place, wire the strips to the switch and then connect the switch to the power supply. You can then plug the power supply into the outlet and turn on your installed LED strips.
You can also have motion sensors, dimmers, and touch-sensitive switches with dimming functions. They give you convenient physical control of the strips. You can do a variety of wireless options that allow you to control your strips using your phone or a remote.
As mentioned in the previous install, you have a power supply tucked away in the cabinet with the wire to power outlet going outside of the cabinet. Now this time, you have the strip mounted on the cabinet below with the wires fed up into the cabinet with the strip wires fed up.
You can now wire them to the RF controller and mount them next to the power supply. Then, plug the power supply into the controller and plug that power supply into the outlet, giving you wireless control of your LED strips. You can also have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi options, all of which give you full customization of color-changing strips setting in controlling zones as well as creating routines and more if you like to dim your LED strips with a traditional dimmer.
As you can see, there are many options that you can do with LED lights to brighten your home setting. Note that everything you need is on the internet. You need to be resourceful to be creative.