How To Create Ambient Lighting With LED Strips

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How To Create Ambient Lighting With LED Strips

Ambient light is defined as the general illumination within a space. The availability of ambient light throughout the home is one of the most critical considerations in interior design. With LED strip lights, there are many more ways to effectively create ambient light to brighten the home for family and guests.

Strip lights capitalize on the well-known benefits of LED technology - providing ample, beautiful light with low energy costs and incredible durability. But there is another important factor exclusive to strip lights, and that is their supreme design versatility. Our strips can be cut, curved and connected to fit any space and shine light exactly where you want it.

Here are four ways to create attractive ambient light with LED strips:

Indirect Light

One of the best uses for LED strip lights is in indirect lighting projects. Indirect lighting is a great way to add focus, texture, layering and accent color to rooms throughout the house. Many people choose to run the strips above cabinets in the kitchen, behind mirrors in the bathroom, or in coves through hallways. Modern designers have expressed a preference for indirect lighting because of the way it hides fixtures and because it produces an evenly distributed glow of ambient light throughout the room.

Pro Tip: Take extra care to make sure the high energy areas of your house have ample lighting. Where does the family gather? In the kitchen or the living room? Make sure that the lights you install are bright enough to energize a crowd, making everyone feel lively and excited to be together. Our LED strips are some of the very brightest LEDs you will find on the market.

Livingroom cove lighting using LED strip lights

Task Lighting

Ambient light in a room is not only measured by how attractive it is, but also by its functionality. One advantage of LED strips is that their versatility makes them great for task lighting installations. LED strip lights are perhaps the best solution there is for under cabinet lighting — a common example of home-based task lighting. Further, this is a simple DIY project that won't require a huge electrician expense. To add kitchen task lighting, just peel back the adhesive on the back of our strips, stick them under the cabinet and connect them to a power source for incredible kitchen task lighting.

Pro Tip: When installing task lighting, it's a good idea to put in more light than you think you'll need. First, these lights will last many years into the future, and who couldn't use more light as the years go on? Second, when you're focusing on a task, more light means better concentration and improved accuracy.

Kitchen with under cabinet LED lighting


Dimmers are important for creating the right ambient light atmosphere in the home. With dimmers, you can turn down the lights as night falls, which will relax your mind and bring you closer to sleep. Dimmers can also be used to add light to a room where natural light normally enters, but perhaps clouds are letting in less light than normal and you need a little extra. With a dimmed LED strip lights, you will have full control to add the perfect level of light necessary for any given situation.

Pro tip: Before you add a dimmable LED strip lighting system, it is a good idea to consider whether you want a hardwired wall dimmer or a remote inline dimmer. The first option is easier if you have a professional electrician on hand, while the second option can be done as part of a DIY installation.

Accent Light

LED strip lights can also improve a room's ambient light by adding accent. Running strips along toe kickers or under counters is a great way to add color or textures to a room. With LED strips, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. If you're looking to add an extra creative flair, add color-changing RGBs and harness the power of color psychology. For instance, say you want to create an excited mood in a room, add red light and the occupants will feel stimulated and passionate. On the other hand, add blue light and the occupants will feel relaxed and comfortable.

Pro tip: Many color changing LED strips on the market are of low quality. Be sure to compare options before making your purchase and make sure that the lights come from a trusted brand. While many lights claim to last 25,000 to 50,000 hours, make sure there is a warranty on the product to guard yourself against disappointment.

IP65 Outdoor RGB Blue lighting

We truly enjoy the opportunity to provide clients with the LED solutions they need. It's a great pleasure for us to see our strip lights installed in the countless innovative and sustainable projects that we see developed every single day. Your vision is what inspires us to do what we do!

Do you need any help deciding which LED strip lights are right for your commercial, industrial, or home renovation project? Give us a call at 1-844-FLEXFIRE (1-844-353-9347) or shoot us an email to and we'd love to get involved!

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