An LED Strip Light (also known as an LED tape or ribbon light) is a flexible circuit board populated by surface mounted light-emitting diodes (SMD LEDs) and other components that usually comes with an adhesive backing. Traditionally, strip lights had been used solely in accent lighting, backlighting, task lighting, and decorative lighting applications. Increased luminous efficacyand higher-power SMDs have allowed LED strip lights to be used in applications such as high brightness task lighting, fluorescent and halogen lighting fixture replacements, indirect lighting applications.
The most common design differences are in how individual LEDs are controlled, specifically differences in color and whether or not each LED is addressable.
• Single Color, Non Addressable: Every LED on the strand is a single white color, typically ranging from 2700K to 6500K in color temperature, or any of several monochrome colors covering the range of the visible spectrum (generally from 400-700 nanometers in wavelength).
• Multicolor, Non Addressable: Each LED is capable of displaying red, green, blue, or all three (white), driven by three input power rails. All the LEDs display the same color at any one time, but the color can be manipulated by varying the voltage applied to each of the three power inputs.
• RGB, Addressable: Multiple colors and addresses. Each LED has its own chip meaning they can be individually triggered for chasing, strobing, and color changing.