LED Strip Lighting and the Numbers 3528 and 5050
LED Strip Lights are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. However, there are one or two little details you’ll need to know before you rush out and buy some. This is where our LED Monkey guide LED Strip Lighting and the Numbers 3528 and 5050 comes in.
What Do the Numbers 3528 and 5050 Mean?
- 3528 – measuring 3.5mm x 2.8mm (the smaller chip);
- 5050 - measuring 5.00mm x 5.00mm (the larger chip).
What’s the Difference?
The size of the two SMDs mean that:
- They generate different levels of brightness (in Lumens);
- They consume different amounts of electricity (in Watts).
Indeed, each has its strong points and which you choose will depend upon what you want to achieve with them.
For example, LED strip lights equipped with 3528 SMD chips usually contain a greater number of them per metre, whereas those with 5050 SMDs contain less, but those they do have are brighter.
The LED Strip Lights that we supply are equipped as follows:
- 3528 LED Strip Lights employ 60 or 120 LEDs per metre, giving a lumen output of 400 and 800 respectively.
- 5050 LED Strip Lights employ 30 or 60 LEDs per metre, giving a lumen output of 510 and 1020 respectively.
LED strips that contain a high number of small, closely-spaced LEDs will generate a more intensely concentrated and penetrative light quality than a strip with large, widely-spaced SMDs.
Which Are The Best Locations For Each Size?
Our customers tend to use the strip lights with the smaller, more intense 3528s for installations requiring highly directional, concentrated light.
These include feature illumination and wall grazing as shown to the right.
LED strips equipped with the larger 5050 SMDs work much better as functional, general lighting in bathrooms and kitchens, because they distribute light over a wider area which creates a “wash” effect as shown below.
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