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Left over LED Strip? How to solder a new tail or plug

What happens when you've cut your LED strip and have some left over? With some soldering, the extra piece/s can also be utilised.

Soldering a new tail or plug:

You will need:

  • Soldering iron
  • Solder
  • Wire stripper
  • 22AWG wire (recommend for short lengths e.g <5m)
    • OR
    • 18AWG wire (recommended for long lengths e.g >10m)

 

 1.Secure your LED strip using masking tape to a non flammable surface


 

2.Cut the wire (tail) to the length you require and strip the ends using the wire stripper

 

 

3.Apply a small amount of solder to each exposed wire

 

4.Melt a small amount of solder onto each copper dot at the end of the LED strip. Ensure the solder on each dot do not overlap


5.For single coloured LED strip:

  • Place the exposed red wire on top of the soldered point on the LED strip labelled "+". Place the soldering iron over both to melt the solder into one. Repeat this step for the black wire and the soldering point on the LED strip labelled "-".


6.For RGB LED strip:

  • Place the exposed black wire on top of the soldered point on the LED strip labelled "+". Place the soldering iron over both to melt the solder into one. Repeat this step for red wire with "R", blue wire with "B" and green wire with "G". 

 


Please see below pictures for correctly soldered tails for different LED strips.

  • Single Colour LED strip

 

  • RGB LED strip

    • March 31, 2017
    • Sanna Li
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