This article really only applies to situations where you are considering using the flexible LED strip in a battery-driven system such as in a boat, Caravan or Motorhome. We’re going to recommend that you consider using a separate voltage regulator in these situations. If, however, you are going to use the strip at home powered by a suitable LED Driver (transformer) then you need read no further!
Flexible LED strip is designed to operate from a specific voltage supply, usually 12 or 24 volts DC but when your boat or vehicle is on hook-up, shore power or the battery is being charged through your engine or a separate generator, you will be having more than 12 or 24 volts running through the system.
I’ll illustrate what I mean with reference to a 12 volt system but the principal applies equally to the 24 volt situation – just double the numbers!
When the 12 volt battery is being charged you will find 14.4 volts running through all your 12 volt circuits. All of our other LED bulbs and your other 12 volt appliances on board (e.g. your telly, fridge etc) will have protective circuitry built in which protects the sensitive components from this “over-voltage”.
However, the LED strip DOES NOT have these protective circuitry built in so the strip will recieve a higher voltage than it is designed for and this can stress the strip and shorten the life span of the LEDs and in some cases cause some overheating (not enough to cause danger to the vehicle/boat but possibly to the strip).
Adding a suitable voltage regulator into the lighting circuit which the strip will be connected to will overcome this possibility and your strip will last as long as it is designed to.
Please contact us if you need to discuss your own situation or require some advice as to the most suitable voltage regulator for your lighting.
Here’s a link to one of the options available but do contact us if you’re not sure!
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