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LED strip light hardwire and connecting to Alexa

Postby paulontour » Mon Nov 09, 2020 6:00 pm

Hi - at the moment, I have 4 under cupboard lights in my kitchen. These are activated by a switch on the wall, and all come off their own round junction box. They are old and not very reliable or economical. I would like to replace them with LED strip lights, so I can ultimately make them smart lights to be activated by Alexa. However I am struggling to understand how I can hardwire LED strip lighting. Could someone let me know what I need? i.e. what kind of driver, are there some easy connectors to use etc. And then the best way to make them smart lights would be amazing! Thanks
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Postby Mr White » Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:47 pm

What you ask sounds like there is a simple answer, pity it is not the case.

You will need suitable LED strip and a suitable driver.
To make them "smart" you will also need a smart switch.

I can not be specific as there are so many variables that are your choice. Length of strip / tape, then you would need a driver suitable for the strip (Depending on its length / colour, and similarly the smart switch.)

Some places supply "kits" of LED strip (every thing you need), or you may want to buy the parts individually, as I said, its down to you and your choice.

Do be careful with the switch, most UK switches can not be replaced with a smart switch, as smart switches often require a neutral which we do not often have at the light switch, best look first.
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