Review: USB LED Light Strip for Backlight/Bias Lighting
LED light strips have tons of uses. Besides providing a choice of multiple colors of light and lighting effects, they’re also a great way to generate bias lighting. Bias lighting helps reduce eye strain and fatigue caused by viewing TV screens and monitors in darkened rooms, and it’s a “hack” I personally swear by.
To do bias lighting right, you place a light source behind your display of choice. With a product like the LDH USB LED Light Strip for Backlight/Bias Lighting, it’s particularly easy to do this. You get a 1 meter long LED adhesive (3M brand) light strip, which should be good for up to a 70 inch display, and a 5V USB cable with mini RGB controller.
Using the RGB controller, you get 20 different colors and another 20 lighting modes. In addition, the lighting can be dimmed up to five levels, with another five levels of speed control. With a 50,000 hour LED life, or approximately six years of 24/7 usage, you’ll have no issue with this lasting.
While the LDH LED Light Strip is rated IP65 waterproof, meaning it can also be used outdoors, it’s not rated for water submersion. In other words, if you want lighting on your patio, deck, or gazebo, keep the strip elevated.
Finally, as with any good LED strip, it can be trimmed at the gold contacts to size. This ensures a perfect fit for whatever your needs happen to be.
I use bias lighting with our main family room TV, and since it’s USB powered, it automatically powers on and off when our TV does. For this particular LED Light Strip, I put it behind our bedroom TV, where it works the same. I happen to like setting the light to a steady white, although your preference may vary. In short, this LED Light Strip works and works well, and for a surprisingly low price.
– Lots of color lighting options
– Can easily be cut to size
– 3M adhesive could be stronger
An inexpensive and practical LED lighting solution, particularly good for bias lighting.
Thanks to LDH for the review unit.