Review Of Flexfire Colorbright LED Strip Lighting

Review Of Colorbright™ Natural White
LED Strip From Flexfire LEDs, Inc.

I was creating a map board in my travel trailer (TT) and
I needed much better lighting than what I currently had.
This is a review on an LED light strip that I chose.

I installed the strip lighting under a cabinet for map
board illumination in my TT cargo bay, and I installed
3 separate strips on the ceiling for general “room” lighting.
At the bottom of this page is a link to
my article detailing how I did this upgrade.

I never much thought of using LED strip lighting
before, but I’m now solidly sold on the idea.
The install went easily, quickly, and I’m very satisfied with the results.

There are many LED sellers out there, but I found FlexFireLEDs.com’s LED
Lighting Specialist Ruy Lopes very informative and pleasant to deal with.
Never once did he make me feel like I was wasting his time.
He answered my questions, gave me advice, and guided me along.

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After much research (as always), I decided on FlexFire LEDs’ Colorbright™ LED strip light; based on
Ruy’s recommendation, but also on the specs.
They have light strips for nearly any type of application, whether that be for recreational, household, outdoor, or commercial needs.


Below, taken from their website, is what helped me to decide on this LED light strip:


Why do Flexfire LEDs have the best LED strip lights?

Colorbright™ Series use 600 LEDs per reel.
-Some sell the LED light strips with ONLY 150 or 300 LEDs per reel.
If they have 600 also, look at the lumen.

Very high Lumen count per foot
Lumens are the measurement of light perceivable to the human eye.
In other words, it’s the brightness.
Our LED strip lights are brighter than others in their class.
Though two strips may look the same, look at the
specifications to see what the lumen output is.
That is the most important.
If you need assistance comparing other projects, let us know!

Colorbright™ LED strip lights use the highest quality materials.
Our LED strips use the best PCB, resistors, and 3528 LED chips.
CE, RoSH, and UL listed LED strip lighting proves proof of quality.
All products come with a 2 year warranty.

Technical Details and Specifications:

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LED Product – Natural White flexible LED strip.
Most popular!

Color Temperature – 4000K – 4500K
Lumen (Brightness) – 4,595 lumen per reel /
280 lumen per foot

Quantity per unit – Sold per 16 foot reel [5 meters]
(NOTE: You can also get it by the foot!)
UL Listed? – Yes must be used with class 2 power unit
Working Voltage – 12v DC
Dimmibility – Fully Dimmable
Beam Angle – 120 Degrees
Can they be cut? – Yes, every third LED
Power consumption – 2.92 watts per foot / 48 watts per reel
(That’s about 4 amps on 12VDC)

UV emission – No
LED Count per reel – 600 LEDs per reel [3528 sized LED chips]
Maximum run length – 32 feet before you need to run in parallel


Other facts that persuaded me:

Rated at 50,000 hours
Dimmable – if I ever need that feature
Pleasant, informative, and cooperative customer support

Here is my take on this LED light strip.

Packaging:
Nicely packaged, nicely protected.
5 out of 5 stars.

Shipping:
Prompt. Shipping took only 3 days from California,
which is great for my area using USPS.
5 out of 5 stars.

Ease of strip and connector application:
I’ve never installed strip lighting before.
I remembered that the strip could be cut, but I wasn’t sure where.
A red line, or something similar, indicating where to cut, would be very beneficial.
Also, when peeling back the adhesive covering, a small amount of
the adhesive went with it it and couldn’t be put back on the strip.
I ended up applying some Gorilla Glue on that end to hold it to the surface.
A paper/plastic tab for separating the adhesive covering from the adhesive would be nice.
Other than that, the strip was easy to place, and the sticky tape (adhesive)
on the strip stuck solidly, even on a ceiling that wasn’t perfectly smooth.

The solderless connector, on the other hand, was kind of a pain.
It didn’t hold well onto the strip, even though I had pulled back the adhesive and plastic.
It just didn’t hold on tightly, and came off easily.
At least I know that if the light doesn’t come on, it’s the connector.
That’s just a matter of wiggling the connector a little.
Matter of fact, I just might apply a thin layer of glue to the strip and the connector.
That’ll hold it tight :).
Also of note is that the strip has a + and – for the connector.
These are pretty hard to see. Print a red dot on it for the positive side  maybe?
4 out of 5 stars for the strip itself
3 out of 5 stars for the connector

Ease of wiring:
The wiring is a bit thin, so be careful that you don’t cut it.
But all I had to do was cut a bit more of the insulation off and connect
the wires to the appropriate positive and negative 12VDC power supply.
5 out of 5 stars

Lumens (Brightness):
AWESOME! I installed a 6-1/2 foot strip under a cabinet for lighting the map board.
I then connected that to an automotive toggle switch,
and that toggle switch to a constant 12VDC power supply.
It lights the area very sufficiently.

I also installed a strip across the room, a small strip on the right
side at the ramp door entrance, and a small strip along the left side.
The latter is controlled by a ceiling fixture that I tapped in to, the
former 2 is controlled by another ceiling fixture that I tapped in to.
So, I have various levels of brightness, depending on my needs.
5 out of 5 stars

Color Temperature:
Very natural, better than the “natural light” LED
bulbs that I replaced in the ceiling fixtures.
I might take those replacement bulbs out actually.
Heck, for that matter, maybe I’ll take out ALL of the ceiling
fixture LED bulbs and replace them with FlexFire LEDs’ strips!
5 out of 5 stars

Price:
If you’ve priced under cabinet LED lighting, you know that they are expensive.
FlexFire LEDs have different prices based on the type of light strip.
I think they are reasonable prices, for the quality certainly is there.
It would have cost me hundreds had I gone with under cabinet and ceiling fixtures.
5 out of 5 stars

Customer Service:
A+. I couldn’t ask for more.
5 out of 5 stars

Power Usage:
With the entire 4 different strips lit, I use 4 amps.
And I expect to only use about 1.3 to 2 amps
since I won’t have all the strips on at once.
5 out of 5 stars

Summary:
The 4 and 3 stars mentioned above are not deal breakers,
but simply areas that hopefully may be improved upon.
I feel that it’s a great product that installs easily and performs great.
Personally, I’ll be getting more of these LED light strips.
There are numerous uses where these will fit into my life.

For more information (and a ton of lighting solutions) click here,
or contact Ruy direct by emailing him here.

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Click here to read about this installation upgrade, complete with pictures.

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