Even people without electronic experience can set up their own LED light strip in a few minutes.
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Step 1: Supplies and Materials
- LED Strip- you can easily find 5 meter LED strips on Ebay for around $10 after shipping. I am using a 300 LED, 5 meter strip with the LED type 3528. These do usually come from china, so expect long shipping times.
- DC Power Supply - I am using a 12 v 5amp power supply that I also got off of Ebay. For this strip, only 2 amps is needed, but the 5 amp and 2 amp supply are very similar prices, so I got the bigger one just in case I wanted to add a longer strip at some point.
- Wire Crimper
- Crimp Connectors - Any kind of connectors will work, but I used some disconnect style connectors to make it easier to move the whole LED set up in the future if need be.
Step 2: DC Power Supply
Use the wire cutting part of the crimpers to cut off the round tip and expose the two bare wires. Also, strip about an inch of the sheath holding both wires together.
Now you just need to strip each wire enough to crimp it. This is about 1/4" for my crimp connectors. After the wires are stripped, crimp on the connectors. Make sure to put a male connector on the two wires.
Once this is plugged in, do not let the two leads touch.
Step 3: LED Strip
After they are stripped, just crimp on the two female connectors.
Step 4: Testing
Start with your power supply unplugged. Connect the two male connectors on the power supply to the female ones on the LED strip. Now plug your power supply in and see if it lights up. If it does not light up, simply unplug the power supply, switch the two male connectors, and plug it in again. It will only light up one way.
Now that you have it set up correctly, mark the female and male connector on one side with a sharpy. This is so that you always know which connector goes where.
Step 5: Place the Strip and Enjoy
Also, my strip allows you to cut it after every third LED. You can cut the strip to the length that you need for your use.
Just one last thing to do!!! Enjoy your awesome LED light strip.