Ultimate Guide On How To Connect Multiple LED Strip Lights

How To Connect Multiple LED Strip Lights

As multiple LED strip lights are eco-friendly, efficient, and vary in color and size, they are broadly used in decorations for parties, outdoors, and rooms. Yet, do you know how to connect multiple LED strip lights or to the power supply correctly?

If not, we would be glad to provide you with a step-by-step guide as below. Following our DIY direction, you could install your LED easily and make the spaces more sparkling and fabulous!  Let’s dig deeper into our article right now!

How To Connect Multiple LED Strip Lights

How To Connect Multiple LED Strip Lights To Each Other?

It’s not hard to connect two LED tapes to each other. More specifically, be aware that these strips whirl around with the marked dotted lines to cut your strip into the required size. 

There are two ways for these strips to join in: soldering the copper pads of the strips and using connectors. 

1. Using The Clip-on Connectors

  • First and foremost, each LED strips’ end has their copper pads, and most of the strips could be connected using clip-on connectors. Then, let’s fit in this clip-on with the positive and negative signs. Insert the black wire across the negative sign and the red over the dot with the positive sign. 
  • Secondly, the screw-on connectors are capable of handling the slack wire. Check out the terminals first, and see whether ones are designated negative or positive so that you can match them up with the correct terminals. Once you’ve determined their position, you can screw the wires in place properly.
  • Finally, you could use an LED splitter to connect the LED strips to your power source. What’s more, each LED splitter has a handful of wires on the end, one of which would fit on your power source and connect with the power adapter.

2. Soldering Your LED Strips

Soldering LED Strip Lights
Soldering LED Strip Lights

This is the step-by-step guide on soldering LED strips: 

  1. You could randomly pick the black and red wires, as the coppers pads of the LED light have 2 terminals to connect with the wires. Beyond that, the diameter should be under 0.04 inches. 
  2. Cut minimum at half of an inch casing to fit the wires with the wire stripper.  
  3. Warm the soldering iron up to roughly 350F, solder your wires to their suitable copper pads in your LED strips. The black wires need soldering to the negative copper cups, the red to the positive ones. 
  4. Wait for roughly thirty seconds for the 2 attached wires to have it cooled down. 
  5. Put your shrink tube over the soldered part that is exposed to avoid the electric shock. Afterward, warm it up with your hairdryer within 15 – 30 mins. 
  6. After everything is in place, connect the other end to the screw-on connector available then plug it into a power source.


How To Connect LED Light Strips To Power Supply

Get into clipping and soldering the LED strip lights
Get into clipping and soldering the LED strip lights

Step 1: Measure The LED Strip Wattage

Run the LED light tapes after determining how much power will be required. In particular, calculating LED strip wattage by multiplying your strip’s length with the wattage per meter of the strip. 

Another concern while calculating strip wattage is the voltage requirement for the strip. Commonly, the LED strips have a 24V or a 12V voltage requirement. The power source needs to be compatible with the LED light strip’s voltage to be more efficient.

Step 2: Find Compatible Power Supply

In this step, it is very important to opt for a suitable power supply. Using only 80% of the overall power is the best way to operate the LED tapes. 

  • Sockets or Plug-ins: A qualified Desktop LED Power Supply is vital in connecting your LEDs to the power sockets. Subsequently,  join the power supply’s end to the LED tapes and the other to your socket. Then your tapes can be lightened up. 
  • Hardwiring: connecting your LED lights strips directly to the power wiring will power the tape lights if you tend to bright up commercial or industrial space. 
  • Batteries: It is highly recommended to use batteries to power the LED ribbon lights. It’s a great option for a small accent piece or taking the LED lights with you on the go. 

Step 3: Connect LED Strip to Power Supply 

After selecting the relevant power supply, connect your LED light tapes to it. As aforementioned, you could connect your LED ribbon lights to the power supply by hardwiring or via a power socket. 

We highly recommend you apply two following methods if you connect the LED tapes to a socket: 

  • Link each strip’s length to a single desktop power supply to access the socket. 
  • Link the parallel LED ribbon lights via a wire clip and the wire clip to the socket. 

Some Notices During Soldering And Clipping LED Strips

LED lights decoration
LED lights decoration

A couple of things you must be aware of before making the lighting project:

Using the power supply with more watts than the strip lights setup’s requirement is vital while connecting many LED strip lights to the power supply. Otherwise, you’ll be at risk of experiencing a voltage drop. 

Let the LED tapes be exposed when clipping and soldering. Cautiously eliminating the plastic covering the tapes right next to the copper connections. Still, skipping this step is acceptable when you use hippo connectors.

Match the proper wires on each LED strip to each other while connecting tapes with wire connectors or soldering. For instance, green connects to green, or red connects to red.

Protect your connections with a heat shrink cover. Yet, be mindful that there are differences in outdoor and indoor heat shrink. Make sure that you opt for the right one!

Our Final Thoughts

Surely, now you know how to connect multiple led strip lights correctly. By following this handy DIY guide’s careful step-to-steps, you can successfully decorate your outside and inside space with sparkle and colorful lighting.

Last but not least, please make sure that you apply the right method with important notes bearing in mind for success and safety. If you find this article informative, forward it!