Premium Quality LED strip

During the years I have been testing lots and lots of LED strip. Most strip is only ok or maybe even some good, but very sometimes there is a brand that does everything right. Thick PCB material for the strip with lots of copper and the best LEDs available on the market (High CRI) and as a bonus available in lots of different colors and voltages. Currently there are only two companies whom I trust to always deliver the utmost best quality LED strip and I use only strips from there 2 manufacturers if the lighting is anything critical (Like all my video lighting) or a living space for instance. For other rooms like the garage or somewhere less critical I’ll deviate to a bit cheaper but still good LED strips.

Currently there are two brands which I recommend for this:

  • ColorDiode LED strips
    • I’ve been using these strips for years and years and their quality is constant and absolutely excellent in all regards!
  • Auxma LED strips
    • A relatively new player on the block but I’ve tested their strips and they are very very good!

 

 

ColorDiode strips

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

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

Normal Warm White (3oook)

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 (4300k)

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

 

Auxma LED strips

Super Warm / Warm / Neutral / Day / Cold White

Auxma has conveniently located all of their LED strip types on the same page. I have tested both their CRI90 and CRI95 strips and both are absolutely excellent in color and color reproduction. The link below if for 120 LEDs/m high power (19.2w or 28.2w) LED strip. Make sure to apply proper cooling or don’t use full light out for long periods of times (keep strip dimmed). These strips, especially the 28.2w variant are VERY bright.

Auxma 24v 120LEDs/m 19.2w/28.2w LED strip

WW + CW (CCT) LED strip

Auxma also make very nice Dual White color LED strips also called CCT. They have two variants, one going from 2400K combined with 6500K giving you the best range but it’s “only” CRI90. They also have a 2700K combined with 6500K and that is rated CRI95. The reason for that is that the correct spectrum becomes harder and harder to reproduce the warmer an LED becomes. The CRI90 version is already exceptionally good and while combining you will likely get an output that is over CRI90, but according to single color measurements reports it cannot achieve it. So don’t be afraid getting the 2400K-6500K CRI90 variant, it’s quite good!

*CCT strip like this have a single downside, although with 19.2W per meter it’s certainly a bright strip, compared to a single color 120LEDs/m strip it will still only have half the light output as a strip with only a single color LED. If you need the high light output, combing two strips in a single profile is the solution.

Auxma 24v 120LEDs/m 19.2w CCT LED strip