Hello! I am Jack, who owned a factory manufacturing LED light strips and led light connectors . I am always asked by people: “ My strips are 3528, 5050, warm white, RGB. What kind of connector should I choose? Many people often encounter such problems in DIY. Today we start our topic with ” how to choose led light strip connectors for a single color strip light”. How to choose the connector for RGB light strips, please click here:
The first step is to distinguish the color of the light strip.
You don’t have to care about if the strip light that advertised by the seller are SMD3528, 2835, 5050 ,2216, 3014,2815，5630 or not. Really no need to care about this.(I am not going to talk about the difference between the chips. I will talk about on next chapter how to choose a light strip to make sure you don’t get stuck.) You just distinguish if the strip is single color, daul color, RGB or rgbw. Today we are going to talk about single color, and later we will talk about RGB and rgbw.
The Second Step: Determine the width of the light strip
Measure the width of the back of the strip with a ruler. Usually the width of the single color strip is 8mm, 10mm, and only a small numbers of strips is 12mm, 5mm, 6mm, etc.
The third step: Determine the waterproof rating of the light strip.
The general home decorative light strip is IP20, IP65. Only in special occasions, such as swimming pool, outdoor, IP68 light strips will be used, At present, there is no matching connector available of IP68 strip. The picture below shows a variety of waterproof icons.
Color, width, and waterproof rating of strips are the key points to choosing a appropriate connector. It doesn’t have much to do with whether the chips of your light strip is 3528 or 5050.
Maybe you are often confused by the seller on Amazon and don’t know how to choose a led light strip connectors, and Amazon’s recommendation is not matched. Below i analyzed and list some commonly used connectors to facilitate your choice.
Single color 8mm wide Non-waterproof strip lights You can choose below several connectors
Single color 8mm wide Waterproof strip lights You can choose below several connectors
Single color 10mm wide Non-Waterproof strip lights You can choose below several connectors
Single color 10mm wide Waterproof strip lights You can choose below several connectors
Single color 5mm wide Non-Waterproof strip lights You can choose below several connectors