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What's the difference between High Density and Regular Density LED light strips? - TSS #33

Posted on September 27 2016

HitLights' Trouble Shooting Series digs a little deeper beyond the surface to answer your most asked questions about LED lighting.

HD vs. RD

Today's topic: What's the difference between Regular 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 Regular Density (RD) and High Density (HD) LED light strips.

1) What do you mean by Regular Density and High Density?

It's not as complicated as you might think. You know how an HD TV has more pixels (little dots of color) than old TVs? Well, it's similar here. When we say Regular Density and High Density we're referring to the amount of diodes (big dots of light) on a strip and how close together they are.

For Example: A regular 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 HD, LED light strips are much closer together than they are on the RD, LED light strips.

2) Does that mean the High Density LED light strips are twice as bright?

That's right! Twice the diodes mean there's twice as much light being produced. But, that also comes with a couple 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 Regular 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.

HD emits smooth and even lighting.

How smooth do you like it? Next, you'll think about how even you need your lighting. Regular 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) Brighter is better, right?

I wouldn't argue with that logic, but there are other factors to consider too. I promised there were some caveats coming up.

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 HD LED light strip roll. But that same 60W power adapter would be strong enough to power 2 rolls of the Regular Density LED light strips.

Using more powerful lights mean you'll need more power. So, you'll need to weigh the benefits of greater brightness vs. slightly greater costs. With HD, you may need a bigger power supply. Also, while High Density LED light strips are still incredibly energy efficient, when comparing feet to feet High Density will cost twice as much to operate than the Regular Density LED light strips. 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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