Long-time LED users cut their LED strips so that they can attain the desired size that they want. But still, many would ask, “can you cut LED strips?”
Yes, it is actually possible to cut LED strips provided you know how. In this article, we will tackle the steps on how to do it the right way.
- Can You Cut LED Strips?
- How to Cut LED Light Strips the Right Way
- Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Cut LED Strips?
As mentioned above, YES you can cut LED strips. However, you cannot cut them just anyhow as you might damage them by accident.
The answer to that is NO. There are actually marks designed in LED strips that direct you where to cut them. Think about these marks as safety points. They tell the safe places to cut LED strips so that you don’t damage your LED strips. So, in a sense, they were made to be cut. You just need to know how to do it when you need to.
How to Cut LED Light Strips the Right Way
Now that we’ve established those facts, the next question to ask is, “how do you cut led strip lights or connect two strips together?”
We’ve put together a step by step guide on how to cut led strips and connect them back together again so that you can see just how easy it is to do:
Cutting the LED Strips
Measure Your Desired Length
The first thing you need to do is measure your desired length. It’s not really advisable to just keep on chopping off parts until you get the length you want because you may use the other half of your LED strip later on. So, measure away with precision.
Measuring the LED strips light will help you cut the right length and install the perfect LED strip lights perfectly.
Look for the Cut Line
The cut line usually comes in the form of two copper dots. If you see two copper dots, then you’ve found the place where you should cut the strip.
Use a Pair of Scissors
Finally, you can use any pair of scissors to get the job done. We advise you to cut slowly so that you won’t accidentally cut off something else.
Connecting the LED Strips
Solder a Metal Wire Over the Dots
To connect the LED strips, first melt a solder wire over the two copper dots until you completely cover the dots with liquid metal.
Connect Wires with Plastic End Cap
Buy a plastic end cap from the hardware store, create a hole in it, and insert one black and one red wire. Leave 1.3cm free and strip that part.
Solder Wires to the LED Strip
Twist the ends of the wires until they are tied together, then solder them on to the LED strips.
Frequently Asked Questions
After going through the steps, here are a few frequently asked questions that first-time LED strips users tend to ask us. We’ve provided the questions and answers below for the benefit of our readers.
Q: Is it safe to cut LED strips?
A: Yes, it is definitely safe. LED strips are actually designed to be cut since they have cut lines. If you accidentally miss the cut line though, you won’t get hurt but you may damage the LED strip.
Q: Can you Cut and Connect LED strip lights?
A: Yes, you can reconnect strips that have already been cut. You can follow the steps we provided above to connect two strips together or you can also use a quick connector (you can find this in any hardware store) and some adhesive to put them together.
Q: Can I install LED strip lights under cabinets?
A: Yes, you can. All you need to do is get the right measurements, attach the strip to a power source, and use some adhesive to attach it.
That brings us to the end of our guide. Thus, the next time anyone asks you, “can you cut LED strips?” You can tell them with confidence, “Yes, you can.” You may even show them this article if you like.
You can also try it out for yourself the next time you want to install LED lights under your counter or anywhere in your home. If you want shorter strips, cut them properly. If you want longer strips, attach other strips to your existing one. This guide will definitely help you do that.
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