Installing LED Flex Strips: Mounting Techniques

LEDs are more durable, energy-efficient and brighter than incandescent lights, says the U.S. Department of Energy. While this adds up to big savings as a business investment, using the right mounting technique when installing LED flex strips is key to reducing installation time. Take a moment to learn about these four primary mounting techniques before attempting installation.

Use the 3M Adhesive Backing for Installing LED Flex Strips on Non-Porous, Smooth Surfaces

High lumen flex LED strips can be easily mounted with the adhesive backing. Simply remove the 3M adhesive backing protective cover, and then apply the LED flex strips like a piece of tape. This fast, easy mounting method is designed for use on smooth, non-porous surfaces, such as wood or painted surfaces. Rough or porous surfaces result in less space bonding of LED strips and the surface.

LED Strip Mounting Clips Are Another Option

If the surface is rough or permeable to liquids and vapors, installing LED flex strips with the 3M backing will fail prematurely. However, LED strip mounting clips are another mounting option. Screw the mounting clip along the length where the strip will be placed. Most mounting clips have a slot for inserting the strip through the clip. Use multiple clips per foot of length to keep your strip in place. Unfortunately, mounting clips may not necessarily work when mounting LED strips underneath cabinets or bars.

An LED Strip Mounting Channel Achieves a Professional Mounting Appearance on Porous Surfaces

When mounting clips would result in the draping of LED flex strips between clips, such as mounting applications on the ceiling or other downward surfaces, an LED strip mounting channel is the go-to technique. Mounting channels are available in pre-set lengths. Install the mounting channel first with screws in the pre-drilled holes. Apply the LED strip to the mounting channel using the 3M adhesive backing. Of course, a mounting channel is also an option when mounting LED flex strips on any other flat surface.

A Quality Adhesive May Be Used to Mount LED Strip Lights When Other Methods Fail

Sometimes, it is not possible to drill holes for mounting techniques requiring screwing a clip or channel to the surface. For instance, it is difficult to screw a channel or clip to concrete or stucco surfaces. In these cases, a high-quality adhesive may be used to help bond the strip to the material.

As an example, a business owner wants to mount an LED strip to a concrete wall, but screw-in mounting techniques are not an option. To mount the LEDs, apply a strip of a bonding agent, such as Liquid Nails Heavy Duty, to the surface of the concrete.

Make sure the line of bonding agent is thick enough to create a smooth, flat surface for applying the LED strip. Remove the protective backing of the 3M adhesive strip. Apply the LED strip along the length of the bonding agent.

Using a bonding agent ensures maximum contact between the LED strip and surface.

Save Time by Choosing the Mounting Method That Works for Your Application

When installing LED flex strips, business owners should take the time to determine which mounting technique is best. This reduces delays and helps prevent the need to re-install flex strips with an alternate mounting technique in the short-term future. If you are still uncertain about which mounting technique is best for your application, MX LightForce can help. Visit MX, or call 1 (800) 624-0863 today to speak with a representative.