The number of people who are beginning to use LED strip lights in their homes and businesses is currently going through the roof in the UK. It’s really not a surprise, because they represent an incredibly versatile and cost-effective way to illuminate a space with very little effort required. In this article, we’re going to enlighten you about the two categories of LED strip lights; namely 3528 and 5050, so read on…
The Numbers 3528 and 5050
LED strip lights have light-emitting diodes attached all along their surface. Unsurprisingly, they’re called SMDs or “Surface-Mounted Diodes” and, in single colour LED strip lights, they come in two distinct sizes:
- 3528 which measures 3.5mm x 2.8mm (the small chip);
- 5050 which measures 5.00mm x 5.00mm (the large chip).
Generally speaking, the size of each SMD dictates two things:
- The brightness and intensity of the light they emit (in Lumens);
- The amount of electricity they consume (in Watts/m).
As you might expect, the larger of the two SMDs is able to generate more light than its diminutive counterpart, mainly due to its greater surface area. That’s also the reason that the 5050 SMDs consume more power, however, this doesn’t necessarily mean they should be your first choice when purchasing your LED strip lights.
They each have their strong points and which you choose will depend largely upon what function you want your LED strip lights to perform.
For example, LED strips that use 3528 SMDs usually have a greater number them per metre, while those that use 5050 SMDs have less, but they’re brighter.
Our 3528 LED strip lights employ 60 or 120 LEDs per metre, with an output of 400 and 800 lumens respectively. Our 5050 LED strip lights, on the other hand, employ 30 or 60 LEDs per metre, and can emit 510 and 1020 lumens.
LED strip lights that employ a large number of small, closely-spaced LEDs will create a more intense, concentrated quality of light than a strip with large, widely-spaced chips.
That’s why people tend to use smaller LEDs like the 3528s for installations that require directional, concentrated light, such as feature illumination and wall grazing (as in the photo).
As such, LED strips with the larger 5050 chips work much better as functional, general lighting in rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms, as they spread light over a greater area which creates a functional “wash” effect as in the photo below.
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