Published on May 9th, 2014 | by Mark Griffin
Creative Ideas for Using LED Strip Lights in Your Home
LED tape is a great modern lighting solution that can be a lot of fun to use in your home décor. It provides a long strip of uniform LED light and it is versatile enough to use in a wide range of applications, including on the walls, ceiling, floor and other surfaces.
The sky is the limit when it comes to using LED lighting in your home. In order to get your creative juices flowing, here are some ideas for using LED tape:
Enhancing Architectural Elements
One of the most strikingly attractive uses for LED tape is to highlight certain architectural features in the home, such as your fire place or a recessed alcove in the wall. This is a great way to show off the unique design of your house and add drama.
Practical Kitchen Task Lighting
LED lighting tape is very practical and effective when used as task lighting in the kitchen. You can run it underneath the cabinets, so that it illuminates your workplaces underneath. This way you will have a lit up surface where you can chop vegetables and prepare food, without any bulky lights getting in the way.
Within Walk in Closets
Another innovative way to use this versatile lighting is to illuminate the inside of your walk in closet. It can be difficult to illuminate these spaces well, so that you can see all of the clothing, shoes and accessories within them. If you add simple LED strip lighting to your shelves, you will be able to see everything so much more clearly and it looks great too – it can give the stylish impression of a high end boutique if done right.
Illuminating Outdoor Patios
The deck or the patio is the perfect spot for LED strip lighting. You could add a strip along the handrails, which will brighten up the space as well as add an attractive design element. You might want to use a yellow tinted light, as this will attract less insect life on those warm summer nights. LED lights even work on curved decks, as they are flexible and can bend around any shape.
During the Christmas season, you could experiment with colourful LED lighting in order to give your home some holiday cheer.
Lighting Up Your Ceiling Cove
Another great solution for using LED lighting strips is within your ceiling coves. This will not only make this architectural feature more attractive, but will provide overall lighting for the room. No matter what the shape of the ceiling cove, you will be able to adjust the lighting solution so that it fits within it.
Around the Bathroom Mirror
Need a little more light in your bathroom? Install LED lighting around your mirror so that you will have adequate illumination when you are shaving or applying makeup. Try to choose a light that is as close to pure white daylight as possible, so that you can see your makeup and skin tone correctly. You can also use LED lighting for other areas of the bathroom, including under shelves, cabinets or around plinths. When using LED strip lights to enhance your bathroom it is important to make sure that you use IP65 rated water-resistant lighting.
LED Lighting in the Bedroom
If you like to read in bed, LED lighting around your bed’s headboard is a simply yet effective way to provide yourself with task lighting. It creates a very soft ambient light and you can even install a dimmer switch so that you can adjust the lighting level.
Illuminating the pathways in your front or back garden with these types of LED lighting ensures that visitors will not trip when walking up to your house in the dark, as well as making your outdoor spaces look more stylish and attractive. You can also use the LED lighting to draw attention to a garden feature, such as a water fountain or an outdoor sitting area.
As you can see, LED lighting is versatile and flexible and can be used in a number of different ways around your home. Here are some of the most creative ways that you can use LED lighting strips, in order to add practical lighting solutions as well as an element of style to your home décor.