What's the difference between Standard Density & High-Density LED Light Strips?

We've discussed this topic here and there, but today we want to go into a little more detail about the differences between Standard Density (SD) and High Density (HD) LED Strip Lights.

1) What does "Standard Density" and "High Density" mean?

It's not as complicated as you might think. Standard Density and High Density refers to the number of diodes (led chips) on a strip and how close together they are.

For Example: A Standard density, Luma5 (3528) LED Light Strip has 300 diodes on a 16.4ft strip. A high density, Luma5 LED Light Strip has 600 diodes on a 16.4ft strip.

That means the diodes on the High-Density LED Strip Light are much closer together than they are on the Standard Density LED Strip Light

2) High Density LED light strips are twice.

Twice the diodes mean there's twice as much light being produced. But, that also comes with a couple of caveats that we'll get into a little later.

3) Which is right for me?

Begin with how much light will you need for your application. If you are using these for accent lighting to add to the look and feel of your space, then Standard Density might be right for you. On the other hand, you might need task lighting. If you're putting these under your kitchen cabinets so you can clearly see your counters, High Density will be what you're looking for.

High-Density Strips emit smooth and even lighting.

How smooth do you like your lighting?

Next, you'll think about how even you need your lighting. Standard Density strips have wider gaps between the diodes. That means there are gaps in the light being produced. There is a little pool of light for each diode. High Density strips have narrower gaps between the diodes. Smaller gaps mean smoother illumination. You'll have to decide whether or not even lighting is important to you.

4) Is brighter better?

There are other factors to consider here. Yes, twice the diodes mean twice the brightness, but that also means you'll need twice the power.

Back to our example: Our 60W power adapter could power one High Density LED light strip roll. But that same 60W power adapter would be strong enough to power 2 rolls of the Standard Density LED Strip Lights.

Using more powerful lights means you'll need more power. So, you'll need to weigh the benefits of greater brightness vs. slightly greater costs. With High-Density Strips, you may need a bigger power supply.

Also, while High-Density LED Strip Lights are still incredibly energy efficient, when comparing feet to feet High Density will cost twice as much to operate than the Standard Density LED Strip Lights.

Brighter is better; just make sure it's better for you.

We want to give you great options for LED Light Strips, no matter what your needs may be. So, check out all of HitLights' LED Light Strip options today.

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