How To Connect Multiple LED Strip Lights

It’s no surprise why people love LED strip lights. Not only do they work to light up a room, but they’re super affordable, better for the environment than other traditional light bulbs, and they look fantastic.  

While LED strip lights can come in a variety of lengths, you might need to connect some of the strips together if you’re decorating an entire room or outside area.

It makes more sense to connect these lights together rather than to apply them all separately to a wall, after all. 

If you’re wondering if you can connect more than one strip light together, you’ve come to the right place. Here is our guide on how to connect multiple LED strip lights together. 

Ways To Connect LED Strip Lights Together

Luckily for you, there are two ways to clip LED strip lights together.

These methods can be used to connect long pieces of strip to wrap around a room, or to connect two previously cut pieces of LED strip. 

Clipping LED Strip Lights

The easiest method of connecting strip lights is with an LED strip light connecting clip. When a male and male clip are connected to each other, the lights will be connected and work.

There are three main types of clips – solder-free Hippo Buckle connectors, solder-free LED wire connectors, and solder-free LED strip lights connectors. 

Hippo Buckle connectors are probably the easiest way of clipping strip lights.

All you have to do is install the clips to the ends of your chosen strip lights, and then connect the clips together.

This is achieved with a “buckle” function, which works to keep the strips in place and allow electricity to run through the newly connected strips. 

Not only do these clips work to connect strips together, but they can also connect strips to a power supply.

This is especially useful for extending the distance of your LED strips, and also connecting multiple colors together for a fun lighting experience. 

A solder-free LED wire connector is used for connecting LED light strips around a corner or weird angle.

These connectors are fairly long and bending, allowing you to mold the connector around a wall or corner to connect the strips. They also come with a clip on either end to connect multiple strips together. 

The great thing about these strips is that they don’t produce light, so they’re good for covering angles and corners that don’t require light from LEDs.

The length also means they can extend the overall length of the strip. 

A solder-free LED strip lights connector is similar to the previous connector, except it has LEDs attached to it, meaning you don’t have to worry about spaces of no light.

Unlike the previous two connectors, however, these connectors can connect parallel LED tapes together. 

Soldering LED Strip Lights 

Clipping is definitely the easiest way to connect LED strip lights together, but if you want to connect strips together to mount on an aluminum frame, you’ll need to find a more permanent solution. 

Soldering might require some professional machinery and practice, but it’s not the hardest task to complete.

All you have to do is cut the strips to your desired size (or to the closest cutting line indicated on the strips), expose the strip itself by removing the covering (with about 2-3 mm of the wires exposed), pair the strips together, and solder away. 

Top Tips For Connecting LED Strips 

Both clipping and soldering are very different ways to connect multiple LED strip lights together, and while both are fairly straightforward, there are some factors to consider with these methods. 

  • Whether you’re connecting the strips together through soldering or clipping, you need to match the right wires together. This is easily done, as you simply have to match the colored dots with their corresponding color (for example, green with green). 
  • When you’re cutting an LED strip, only ever cut along the designated cutting line. This is a dotted line located between two lines of copper dots, which indicates where the strip does not have an electrical current and can be cut. 
  • When soldering, ensure that at least 2-3 mm of the copper wire is exposed. You will need to carefully remove the plastic covering to do this. 

Connecting LED Strips To Power Supply 

Once you’ve connected multiple LED strips together, it’s time to connect the entire strip to a power supply.

There are several ways to do this, including connecting each strip directly to a nearby socket (which is ideal for small spaces), or hardwiring the strip to a main power source in your home (which is ideal for larger spaces).

Regardless of how you connect the strip(s) to a power supply, you need to calculate the wattage of the strip to know how much power is required for the LEDs to work.

This figure will be affected by how many cuts and connections you have made with the strips. 

The easiest way to do this is to multiply the length of the entire strip with the wattage for every meter of the strip.

Then, find a power supply that will only use 80% of its power to run the LED strip, as this will maintain the longevity of both the power source and the strip. 

Can You Cut LED Strip Lights?

If a strip light is slightly too long or too short for your desired project, you’ll be happy to know that you can cut an LED strip light to your liking.

However, these strips can only be cut on a designated cutting line, which is located between two lines of copper dots. 

This signifies that there is no electrical current flowing through the area, so it’s safe to cut without damaging the lights on either side.

Without cutting through this cutting line, you might accidentally damage the LEDs either side of the copper dots. 

Conclusion

So, there you have it! Turns out, it’s super easy to connect multiple LED strip lights together, whether it’s with a connecting clip or soldering.