I tested a lot of LED strip

When shopping for LED lights, be critical. Any light or seller that does NOT specifically list the CRI/Ra value of a light, LED strip, etc.. don’t trust it. And even when they do, buy a sample first.

As I mentioned previously in the The color white and CRI/Ra article, I have tested a lot of LED strip. I still do actually, it’s become a bit of a hobby for me you could say. Anyway, during that testing there came a time to decide what I would purchase in bulk and use all throughout the house, I ended up buying a large quantity of LED strip from a manufacturer called “colordiode”, check out below why!

Index table

 

Super warm white (2600k), Warm white (3000k) and Neutral white (4300k)

My Favorite (warm) white LED strips

12v vs 24v strip

I you haven’t bought or own any components like power supplies and such, I strongly recommend getting everything in 24v variants instead of 12v. You can read more about why over here.

LEDs/m 30, 60 or 120?

When selecting a strip it’s important to think about how many LED modules you want/need per meter. A higher count providers more light and a nicer lighting pattern but also costs more. See the following article for more details.

Copper trace thickness

Flexible strips vary a lot in quality, they directly determine how much power can run through them and thus how well the strip can perform. Higher quality strips will use more copper providing thicker traces and thus allowing more current to flow through.

When cutting the Colordiode strip the thick copper traces are clearly visible

Super Warm White (2600k to 2800k)

The warm white LEDs listed below are of the “super warm white” variety so tend to be more 2600K than 2800K. This is very comparable to the old type of warm glow light bulbs emitted and most people enjoy this light in their living rooms and other cosy spaces because of their warm glow. If you order the normal “warm white” they are more comparable to halogen light (around 3000K). We use the “super warm white” all throughout the house (Living room, kitchen, hallways, bedrooms).

*These strips are very high power and will need a dimmer and/or a aluminium profile heatsink!

12v

450LEDs 5m (90LEDs/m) 12v Super Warm White 2600k ~ 2800k LED strip

600LEDs 5m (120LEDs/m) 12v Super Warm White 2600k ~ 2800k LED strip

24v

450LEDs 5m (90LEDs/m) 24v Super Warm White 2600k ~ 2800k LED strip

600LEDs 5m (120LEDs/m) 24v Super Warm White 2600k ~ 2800k LED strip

Normal Warm White

If you looking for more of a Halogen look you might want something a bit less warm then the super warm white. The Warm White strips from Colordiode are around 3000k~3200k matching Halogen lights perfectly. Especially for in like a case to light objects or something like that I can highly recommend them!

*These strips are very high power and will need a dimmer and/or a aluminium profile heatsink!

12v

450LEDs 5m (90LEDs/m) 12v Warm White 3000k ~ 3200k LED strip

600LEDs 5m (120LEDs/m) 12v Warm White 3000k ~ 3200k LED strip

24v

600LEDs 5m (120LEDs/m) 24v Warm White 3000k ~ 3200k LED strip

Neutral White LED strip

In my office, the garage, my tinker room and for filming I was looking for something with a big higher level Kelvin. Although a lot of people film using 5500K lights, this light is too harsh for me to use for anything else then that. So I started testing with ColorDiode’s 4300K offering and they have performed very well for me in all my applications, they are pleasant to do work but also work out great for doing film work. All my videos are filmed using these strips!

12v

450LEDs 5m (90LEDs/m) 12v Neutral White 4000k ~ 4300k LED strip

600LEDs 5m (120LEDs/m) 12v Neutral White 4000k ~ 4300k LED strip

24v

450LEDs 5m (90LEDs/m) 24v Neutral White 4000k ~ 4300k LED strip

600LEDs 5m (120LEDs/m) 24v Neutral White 4000k ~ 4300k LED strip

 

Best strips I have ever tested but expensive

As I mentioned previously, these strips are the best I have ever tested, if you have ever seen a video or a photo of me, they were taken using these LED strips. Not only in light quality but also in strip quality (amount of copper) and overall quality they are the best. If you are going to do an LED project, I would urge you to buy a 5m roll from them and test it, you’ll probably never want to buy anything of less quality ever again!

The only downside? These aren’t 5$ per 5m strips of LEDs, their price varies between 25$ to 50$, depending on configuration.

Again, make sure to also check out my article about 12v vs 24v LED strip!

Decent quality budget alternative strip

If you really can’t splash the money on high quality strip, I have some other strips I can recommend. In my opinion these are of lower quality then the one’s listed above but they are at least still decent!

Gree Lamps LED strip

If you a cheaper alternative to the Colordiode strip but do want to buy something which produces a decent quality light, take a look at these strips from Gree Lamps. They mention a Cri/Ra value of 90 or higher and while I don’t think they match the Colordiode strips, for a “cheap” strip they are actually quite pleasant! Their light output is limited because of the max 50w – 70w per strip, but they aren’t dim strips by any stretch of the imagination, other strips (like the colordiode) can just go MUCH brighter. After testing these and the below variant, I would buy these if you want to use a cheaper alternative to the ColorDiode strips! Generally these can be had for about 10$ to 15$.

600LED 12v/24v 2825 Warm white or Neutral White or Cold white, Cri/Ra 90

or

600LED 12v only Cri/Ra 90 different variant

or

600LED 24v only Cri/Ra 90 available in different colors (2500k has been reported to look really pink!)

 

Special: Gree Lamps dual color (CCT) LED strip, good quality LEDs, high light output and you can choose color light, very recommended!

SiDaWang LED strip

I have tested their Ra95 version strips and found them to be okay. They don’t have the pleasant glow the Colordiode strip has but they perform ok. You can often find these a bit cheaper with a higher LED per strip count then the Colordiode versions. I can’t verify if they are truly Cri/Ra 95 but they seem to perform at least ok. These are the strips also used by the “DIY PERKS” YouTube channel! But when given a choice I prefer the Colordiode strips and then the cheaper alternative version just above here.

600LED 24v 2835 Warm White or Neutral White or Cold White strip, Cri/Ra 95

 

Special CCT (Warm White + Cold white) CRI90+ 24v LED strip

 

The cheap stuff

Sometimes you just need cheap LED strip and heaps of it, check the following article here for those! But be mindful, don’t use these in your kitchen or anywhere else where you value natural colors. 😉

Power supplies

It’s important to use a decent power supply of the correct wattage for the strip. Check over here to find how to calculate and a selection of power supplies.