A Guide On Soldering & Installing LED Strips

Things To Note

LED Strips Are Fragile
LED strips are extremely delicate and should be handled with care to maintain the warranty.
Imagine taking a circut board from a computer ...you would handle it very extreme care.
LED strips lack the 2mm thick fibre glass backing board that computer PCBs have and so are far more fragile and must be treated as such.

Things Not To Do
Never pull up a strip after sticking it down to re adjust its position.
Doing so will break resistors, ICs or solder joints and cause the strip to fail quickly
after install or not work at all. If this does happen the strip should be discarded and replaced.

Things To Do
Always do a dry run before peeling and sticking strips in place.
Centre your strip in its profile so if any unlit areas exist at each end they are equal.
This avoids the temptation to pull a strip up if its located wrong.
Always peel and stick strips, where possible, starting from the cable entry end.
This avoids the possibilty of the strip cable entry not positioning well to exit the profile.

Installing Profiles
Profiles can be installed several ways
Some use mounting clips which are screwed into place first and LED strip mounting profiles are then snapped into the profiles.
Some profiles can be fixed by drilling through the profile base to screw fix directly.
With this method always use counter sunk screws and counter sink the drilled holes in the profile to ensure that the
screw heads are flush with the profile surface. Failing to do will stop the profile from acting as a heat sink for that portion
of the LED strip and possibly cause premature failure due to the LEDs running too hot.
This will void the warranty.

IMPORTANT - Exterior Installs
Exterior strips should note be exposed to direct sunlight as can cause premature failures.
Installation in shaded areas such as under eves and and under bench seats etc are OK.
Exposure to direct sunlight will void the warranty.

Detailed Install Guide
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