Does it make sense to do basic lighting with LED strips?

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Has anyone done basic lighting in a house/apartment with LED strips? Perhaps in drywall ceilings and walls? Or is it too susceptible to interference? What is important to consider when planning?

The apartment consists of a bedroom, bathroom, 2 children's rooms, hallway/hallway, pantry, guest toilet and room with living room, dining room and kitchen, and a balcony with 106 am living space.

  • Get a lighting consultant/lighting engineer. Too much to consider and more to go wrong.
  • @Debuilder Yes, I have already contacted one. However, it would be important for me to know if LED strips have enough performance to do away with classic ceiling lights, which I am actually going to do.
  • I installed cheap LED strips from Amazon on the base units in my old kitchen for 5 years. It has worked flawlessly since then and provides the best work surface lighting.
  • I mounted my living/dining room flush to the ceiling using 3 bulbs (indirectly with LED strips). 2 are 1..2m diameter and 1 is 1m diameter. They make the large room of just under 52 sq. ft. really bright.



The wattage is usually higher than the classic bulbs. With strips, you can easily provide stadium lighting in the house. 


The light comes from a variety of fixtures, direct indirect and accent lighting. Each room has a light switch on one side of the wall in addition to the usual ceiling socket. In the living room, mixed in with the dining area. The only thing that still bothers me is that because of the fixed dividers, the strip in the living room stops on the right sooner than on the left.

If you're still free to choose, use all edges, but never stain everything on one side.

Plan for diffuser loss with LED strips (30%) and ceiling reflection with indirect lighting.


The advantage of indirect lighting is that there is no shadow, even if it is behind you. The light is on the wall so it spreads out from there – indirectly. I was also very surprised that the stove behind me in the nursery did not cast a shadow on the changing table opposite. I've been a total fan of indirect lighting ever since. Combined with direct accents, it makes a great picture.


Made a strip light fixture for our guest bathroom, it's a little too bright. My own fault, too short-sighted. The stripes are covered with a stretch ceiling with a photo. So I got an image filling the ceiling that is evenly lit except for one stripe (bracketing).

Sensitive to breakage can be the adhesive bond on the backing, many strips don't hold upside down.

Avoid glare from "bright spots" (especially important). Drivers with higher voltages for longer lengths (otherwise the light gets darker toward the end of the strip). Amount and intensity of light. Distribution and accentuation. Light color and CRI (no RGB for main light). Light control if necessary.

In general, a half function strip solution for an entire apartment will cost significantly more than conventional fixtures or daylight panels. In general, I don't recommend doing this. Rather use them as accents here and there.


I can't say first hand, but someone I know has this basic lighting, and it's killer.

In our new house, we will also be installing stripes in the baseboards in some rooms (living room, bedroom, bathroom).


I happened to be looking for LED strips today. The conclusion – detached from the feel: The brightness is really huge – up to just under 5,000 lm per meter. However, it also requires a well-planned electrical system, up to several power supplies per strip and maybe a few decentralized "proper" power supplies and drivers if you don't always want to run at maximum brightness. Last but not least, you have to consider that not only light is emitted, but also heat, which must not damage the components, so you must also pay attention to a suitable cooling. For all these reasons, streaks will only appear occasionally.

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