LEDs are incredibly versatile when it comes to the environments they can be installed within. Thanks to their design and the wide variety of aluminium profiles available they can be used in most conditions. Even those that involve moisture and large amounts of dirt and dust. Because of this, it is not surprising to hear that they are also widely used within outdoor spaces. So if you are looking to light up your garden or even install them in an outdoor space for the community then there are LEDs you can use for the job. These lights can be used to illuminate buildings, pathways and can even be paired with water features for a stunning effect. But how do you stop outdoor weather conditions from affecting the light they produce?

 

Standard LEDs cannot just be installed outside at be expected to work. Rainfall getting into the led strip, as well as dirt from the ground and added sun exposure can all affect the way the strip is functioning. Lowering the amount of light it can produce and eventually breaking the strip altogether. To avoid this, it is crucial that a few precautions are taken before starting to install LEDS in any outdoor space, even a space with a partial shelter from the elements. The most important thing to do when using lighting outside is to ensure that the strip is waterproof, as electrics and water do not mix well and moisture from the earth, air and rain can all do irreparable damage. So choose the most suitable strip and profile for the outdoor conditions and where possible, seal the end of the profile to ensure no unexpected moisture makes an appearance. Keeping your LEDs running bright and functioning efficiently.

 

So how do you choose the correct components to keep your LED strip in great condition, while being used outdoors? The first step is to look towards waterproof LED strip, as this offers the lighting a small amount of protection from the elements on its own. However this is not enough, as outdoor moisture seems to find its way everywhere. For this reason, consider investing a little in an LED profile for your strip, waterproof LED profile, water resistant profile and specially designed outdoor profiles will be perfect for the job. These profiles will offer an extra layer of protection for the strips, keeping moisture and dirt at bay. Seal the end of the profile once the strip is installed within it for more reliable protection. Your LEDs will now be protected from the elements, however the LEDs themselves are not the only thing that needs to be safe from water. Be sure to select an external power source that is also water resistant so it is safe to have running in the garden.

 

Once you are sure you have everything you need to keep your lighting completely clean and dry you can get to work installing the LEDs into your garden and enjoy the atmosphere they create. For an extra touch, a receiver can be added to the strips that allows you to control them via remote. If you are using colour change LEDs this is especially helpful, as you can change them without the need to get up. However, the receivers for these handy remotes are not usually waterproof themselves, so be sure to place them somewhere they will stay dry before settling down to enjoy your new lighting.