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How to Install LED Strip Lights on the Ceiling

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Everyone dreams of a beautiful home, but building one is quite heavy in the pockets. Lighting is one of those elements that can change the outlook of your home and bring that feeling of sophistication that you always desired. In this article, we will discuss how to install LED strip lights on the ceiling to highlight the components of our room.

How to Install LED Strip Lights on the Ceiling?

LED strip lights are excellent when you want to highlight certain portions of the interiors. It is not only elegant but also helps you feel calm and relaxed. It is really easy to install it, you just need to follow the steps, and voila, your home is ready for some pretty dinner parties.

Step 1: Positioning the LED Lights on the Ceiling

Begin with positioning the LED lights on the ceiling, as it is essential to map down the nearest power outlet. In either case if hardwiring was done or not, you need to make sure that there are no extra wires visible on the ceiling or the walls.

A lobby with white ceiling lights
  • Find an area where the wiring is discrete or use a cable concealer cover. 
  • After finding the power outlet, map down the starting point of the strip on the ceiling. 
  • In case of greater highlights, you can place the strips 3-5 inches above the ceiling. If you want to highlight the walls, place the strip below the ceiling.
  • Ideally, the LEDs should be placed in more of a discreet place to avoid any extra glare on your eyes.

In the case of drop-down ceilings or false ceilings, there is a special place where the LED strip lights can fit in perfectly without any extra wiring visible on the walls or ceiling.

Step 2: Installation of LED Strips

After the mapping of the power plug, it is time to begin the installation of LED strips. Here is the step-by-step guide.

  1. Start by measuring the perimeter of the ceiling, including the turns and corners, along with the distance to the power outlet. Depending on the measurements, you can decide on how many strips will be used.
  2. To avoid any extra wastage or overuse of the strip, make sure the power outlet is near the starting point.
  3. Make sure the LED lights are as long as possible, and the room has good ventilation. Use the covering that provides good heat dissipation.
  4. The LED Strips come with suitable adhesives, so you just need to peel and stick the light to the ceiling. Make sure you only peel 3-5 inches of the strip at once.

Here is the link to the video that highlights the whole process explained above.

Step 3: Hiding the LED Strip on the Ceiling

Hiding the LED strip on the ceiling is quite an easy task if you have a good hiding place. Here are a few reasons why you should hide your LED steps.

  • The strips will not be switched on during the daytime, and they won’t be on for the whole light. 
  • The LED strips are not that pretty to look at when they are switched off, as diodes and resistors are visible.
  • If the LED strips are not hidden, you can experience some black dots when you look at the lights.
  • Use the LED lights if you have a drop-down ceiling, it will be pretty easy to hide, and the light will not be that bright.
  • If you do not have a drop-down ceiling, coving is to the rescue. 
A room with bright orange ceiling lights

Here is the link to the study that discusses the impact of exposed LED lights.

Step 4: Hiding the LED Connectors

Since the beautiful LED strips are being installed and hidden, it is time to move forward with the hiding of the LED Connectors.

  • To hide the connector, you can move forward with using a cod cover that matches the room’s color and uses the material of your choice.
  • You can also use tape on the wall, but it will have a comparatively raised center in the area where the cable sits.
  • The majority of the people use a cover made up of plastic in the shape of a box. You just need to put the cables into that box and then fix it to the wall with double tape.

After the installation, you can cover the area with paint to hide the medium you used. The majority of people use the box, but it can be visible if not used carefully.

Is It Possible to Install LED Strips Without Coving?

The points above mention how coving is essential for the LED strips in each paragraph. So now we shall discuss, is it possible to install LED strips without coving?

  • If you are working on a budget, then coving might not be there on your shopping list. But yes, it is possible to install LED lights without coving as well.
  • You can go with directly sticking the tape to the ceiling and go with a naked look of the LED Strips.
  • The major reason behind coving is aesthetics and reducing the glare coming from the LED strips.
  • Instead of coving, you can go with installing a dimmer to reduce any extra glare.
  • If you have a down ceiling, then you can skip the hard work of coving.

If you cannot add coving right now, it can always be installed in the future.

A living room with crooked pattern on ceiling with white lights

Frequently Asked Questions

What Color of Light Do LED Strips Produce?

The LED strip lights can produce any color that you can imagine. But, of course, it depends on what lighting you want to buy.

How Many Types of LED Strips Are There?

There are three types of LED strips, namely: 

  • Flexible
  • Rigid
  • Silicone


Installing an LED Strip light is not that difficult task if done with patience. When done right, it would look perfect in place, especially in kitchen ceilings.

When the strips don’t stick as much, it won’t be a problem to restick them. Ensure the technical part is done carefully, and the measurements are accurate. Otherwise, these small blunders can drift you away from achieving that perfect look.