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Inspired LED 101: How to Solder LED Strips

Inspired LED flexible strips are a versatile option for any indoor accent or task-lighting application. Low profile, and (of course) low-voltage, these handy little strips are the perfect way to add a little extra light wherever you need it most. To make installation as simple as possible, we offer our customers the convenience of both pre-soldered “plug & play” connectors or simple solderless connectors for DIY field work. However, we recognize that there are certain circumstances where desire or necessity may require some good, old-fashioned soldering. When this is the case, we recommend the following techniques for soldering cables and connectors to Inspired LED…

DIY Project Tutorial: LED Car Lighting

While LED lighting is most commonly used around the house, under cabinets or lighting up commercial displays, there are many other creative and unique places where these handy little lights can find themselves at home! One of the less common, but more impressive areas where our LEDs have been utilized is as accent lighting on vehicles. Interior car lighting can provide a functional element in the ability to find things late at night. If you’re an avid camper or frequent road trip adventurer, it can serve as a way to perform tasks a bit more easily than you might under the dim…

Which Brightness Where?

From artistic accents to tasteful task lighting, flexible LED strips have become an increasingly mainstream feature in homes and businesses across the U.S.  No matter the room or the style of décor, there are countless ways which these handy little lights can be used to enhance the design and functionality of your space. Inspired LED’s flexible strip systems are simple to understand, easy to install, and are available in a variety of colors and brightness levels. But with so many great options to choose from, it can be a challenge to decide for yourself which products work best in which…

Introducing the TRIAC Analyzer

At Inspired LED, we pride ourselves on helping to drive the modern lighting industry forward by bringing new and exciting products to the market each year. From our patented solderless connectors, which helped to revolutionize the DIY LED lighting trend, to our unique self-powered Independence Dimmer, we are always excited by the opportunity to create something new. The latest and greatest innovation to emerge from our engineering department is the long awaited TRIAC Analyzer, a unique control device with the potential to transform the way we think about LED installation. When designing an LED system, the first question is always one of power…

DIY Project Tutorial: Glowing Shelf Light

Over the past few years, LEDs have become increasingly common thanks to their energy-efficiency, versatility, and ease of install. From retail signs to kitchen cabinets, bathroom toe-kicks to bar countertops, LEDs have helped give rise to the concept of light decorating in the modern world, transforming the simple and functional into something spectacular. One of the decorating trends which has recently helped to make LED lights so popular, both in homes and in commercial settings, is the illuminated acrylic shelf. Whether it is for a series of small accents on your entertainment center, or a glowing sales counter for retail…

LED Care & Maintenance Guide

For the most part, LEDs require little to no effort in terms of maintenance. In fact, this is one of the primary benefits of LEDs over more traditional bulbs. But there are a few simple steps which can be taken to help maintain the quality and extend the life of your LED lighting system. Clean Surface Prior to Install Most Inspired LED products are designed with an easy install in mind, so they are manufactured with an adhesive mounting option. To ensure that the LED adhesive remains secure for the life of the product, surfaces should be free of dust…

Inspired LED 101: How to Cut LED Flex

One of the main advantages of flexible LED tape over rigid panels is the ability to cut these strips to custom lengths. When combined with Inspired LED’s patented solderless Tiger Paw® connectors, this makes for a convenient lighting solution which can be easily adjusted in the field. To get the most out of your LED strips, follow these simple steps when cutting to length… Step 1: Measure the required length of your flexible LED strip. For under cabinet applications, we recommend subtracting about 1 ½” on each side, or 3” in full from the total available space to make room…

Should you be using a Mid-Connector?

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Flexible LED strips are the perfect solution for task and accent lighting in almost any residential or commercial application. Inspired LED’s wide variety of brightness and color options guarantees for a unique lighting experience in any space. For most LED strip lighting applications, like under cabinet kitchen lighting, the runs of light are generally shorter lengths that are either wired in series (daisy-chained), or  in parallel from a single power source. But when your project shifts to accent lighting, specifically areas like toe-kicks or coves, longer lengths of flexible LED strips are required, and this can lead to a dissipation of power known as…

Ask An Engineer Part 1: LED Basics

As with any new technology, LEDs require some fairly specific background knowledge in order to fully comprehend both the functional properties, and possible methods of application. While everyone here at Inspired LED prides themselves on being knowledgeable enough to answer the most common technical questions regarding our products, there are, of course, times when this technology surprises us with a new challenge. This is when we turn to our resident LED expert- Engineering Manager, Tanner Leland. Aside from helping us to develop our latest and most innovative products, Tanner is the one we turn to for all things mechanical/electrical. Whether it is a unique customer…

How-To: Installing Glass Cabinet Lighting

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How to Install Flexible LED Strips on the Interior of a Glass Faced Cabinet Under cabinet lighting is not your only option when it comes to add LEDs to your kitchen. Glass cabinet lighting provides great accent lighting to make your cabinets pop and make your china and glassware glow. We have found the easiest way install glass cabinet lighting is an an upside down “U” position, toward the front of your cabinets. This ensures that you will get an even distribution of lighting throughout the cabinet and theLED light strips stay hidden when the glass cabinet doors are closed. Items…