Led Strip lights are that The LED is assembled on the ribbon FPC (flexible printed circuit board) or PCB hard board. It got the name because the product is shaped like a tape. It features Long life (normal life span of 50,000 hours), energy saving and friendly environment, the strip tape gradually emerge in a variety of decorative industry, illuminated channel letters and lighting box.
You may be wondering what the real difference between the two is especially if they’re both claiming to be of high quality and waterproof. Before we go over the differences between the light strips, let’s go over what the “IP” stand for and why it’s important.
What is IP (Ingress Protection)?
Almost everything used today has an IP rating, from cameras to phone cases and of course LED Strips. The acronym “IP” stands for Ingress Protection.IP ratings are intended to provide the end-user of a product with a classification that has more meaning than the term “waterproof.” The ratings indicate the level of protection provided against dust intrusions, accidental contact with dust, and water by mechanical casings and electrical enclosures.
The first number from the IP rating goes from 0-6 and it classifies how dust resistant the enclosure really is. The number zero means that it has no protection against contact and ingress of objects and the number 6 means it’s dust tight. The second number of the IP rating ranges from 0-9 and it stands for liquid ingress protection. Zero means that it is not protected and 9 or 9K is protected against close-range high pressure, high temperature spray downs.In a nutshell the IP rating is a key component in deciding which product is right for your application.
Difference between LED Strips IP33,IP65,IP67
1. IP33 Rated. This IP strip is non-waterproof strip, the LEDs are directly mounted on the surface of LED Lightings. it is suitable for Indoor decoration.
2.IP65 Rated (Glue Coating). IP65 LED Tape is using epoxy resin / PU glue covered on the printed circuit board and all LEDS. it could not be totally expose in outdoor. it could be rainy-proof.
3.IP65/IP66 Rated( silicone Tube ). IP65 is using silicon tube / PVC Tube to fully cover the LED Strips with caps at both ends sealed. it could not be totally expose in outdoor.
4.IP67 Rated (U Shape + gule coating). It is covered by the U-shape silicon/PVC tube and it is coated by a layer of epoxy glue between the led tape and tube.
(1) Clean the installation place and you could use silicone clip or screw fixed. better use the glass glue on the surface on it, as the 3M adhesive is used for a long time, it is very easy to slip off.
(2) Choose the right power supply. For example, the consumption of 5 meters 4Watt strips is 5*4W=20Watt, but in practical,you have to choose the 25Watt power supply= 20Watt / 0.8=25W.
(3) If necessary, you could choose the diammable to adjust the brightness of the strips. However, if the strips are installed over 5 meters, the power supply should be parallel connection. or the voltage will drop and the some of strips are not bright enough.
(4). Make sure that the strips are connected to the right positive and negative hole of power supply. and test the strips.