Yes, you can cut most Govee LED lights. Most Govee LED strip clearly show cut lines that allow you to achieve straight lines.
However, you should cut along the indicated lines. Cutting elsewhere on the strip can make the circuits or the entire strip to stop working.
You can also connect the strip with other extension cords using connector kits or use a soldering iron and wires to solder to the strip directly.
The good thing about most LED lights is that you can cut them to custom lengths no matter the type of strips you want. They can also help you remain positive and focused improve the mood of elderly people.
At regular intervals, you will see dotted black or straight lines throughout each LED light. These are the correct points to cut your LED strips without causing damage since circuits are closed at these places.
What is Govee Led Lights?
Govee LED lights are a form of solid-state lighting that uses LEDs to create various lighting effects. They are brighter, more durable and more efficient than standard halogen or incandescent bulbs.
One of the most popular ways to bring a modern look to your home is through govee led lights. Govee is one of the largest manufacturers of high-intensity white floodlights in the world.
Govee floodlights are not colour-coordinated with the Govee fixtures they are installed on. This means that Govee floodlights installed in the same spot as Govee fixtures will be a different colour, which can be very distracting for people trying to enjoy a concert, game or other event. Our tips will help you cut Govee lights that are a different colour than their fixtures.
Govee LED lighting is a great product to have in your home. The best part is the price. They are amazing, easy to install, have great quality, and last a long time. However, the way they are installed is not perfect.
How to cut Govee LED lights?
Many people have a problem with the LEDs getting in the way of an outlet. The solution is to cut them. You can get the job done with a simple saw and some wire cutters.
- Begin by testing your LED strips to ensure they work. Although this seems obvious, it’s good to double-check because soldering or cutting strips can void your warranty.
- Next, determine the length of your LED strip. To do this, measure the area where you want to install the strips and ensure you take accurate measurements. Once you are done, choose the cutting point on your light that’s close to this length.
- Use a pair of scissors or a sharp knife to cut along the cutting line accurately. Remember that LED lights are made to be cut, so you won’t receive a shock.
- Decide how you will connect the light to a power source . Most reels are pre-fitted with a power socket. However, you will have to fit a new socket because cutting the LED light gets rid of it.
- You can either use a strip power source connector or solder a new socket on the light.
Using a Quick connector
A quick connector is a DIY project that will let you connect two or more LED strips together to add some extra light to your nightstand, desk, or any other space that needs a little more illumination.
Using a Quick connector to attach LED Strips to the output of the breadboard. This is a neat little connector that has a set of pins on one end and a 1.25mm DC jack on the other.
Some people may know it as a DC jack because that’s the most common way of pinning it, but I’ve seen other people refer to it as a mini USB (mini USB is often used to refer to the micro USB connector).
Quick connectors are simple devices that are sold at any hardware store, plus they can be bought together with your Govee or other LED lights.
The Quick connector is, as you can probably guess, a connector specially designed for connecting two LEDs together.
It is available as a standalone part, or it can be combined with a set of parts (such as an LED strip) that will connect to its main body.
You have to make sure your wires are not too big or too small. It’s best to make sure they are the correct length.
Soldering the LEDs together
If you don’t want to use a quick connector, you can try soldering the LEDs together. We recommend using a quick connector in virtually every situation but soldering can work as well, it’s doing the same thing, only without a quick connector.
Soldering the LEDs together is an easy but not an easy task. If you’ve never soldered before, then you’re in for a bumpy ride.
There are plenty of cheap DIY solder stencils out there on the market, but they tend to work poorly because they are not made of the best quality materials.
Here’s what to do:
- Remove the plastic cover or adhesive backing off the copper dots on the LED strips.
- Get a soldering iron from a hardware store and heat it up. Then, hold a metal solder wire over the LED strip’s copper terminals. Melt the solder wire with the soldering iron directly over the copper dots.
- Get a plastic end cap from a hardware or home improvement store. Cut a small hole in it with a box cutter .
- Cut the black and red wires to whatever length you need and pass them through the plastic end cap’s hole.
- Twist the end of each wire to wrangle the frayed strands together. Then use the soldering iron again to melt the solder onto the exposed wires.
Will Both Sides Work After Cutting Them?
When you power two LED strips with the same power supply at the same time, you would expect them to work equally. However, this is not always the case.
If you have an older LED strip, it is most likely going to be more reliable than a new one. Apparently, both sides will still work as long as you cut them along the indicated cutting lines.
The cutting lines represent the safest point to interfere with the circuit without damaging it permanently. Keep in mind that each part between the cutting lines is a circuit on its own.
This means it doesn’t matter the cutting line you decide to cut along. The good news is that you won’t create more wastage and you can reuse the second half.
Cutting outside of the designated place can destroy the individual circuit. So you may need to trim back to the closest cutting point. Other issues include lining up the polarities incorrectly and voltage drops.
How To Troubleshoot LED Lights That Are Not Working
When you install LED lights in your home, you want them to look great and last for years. They can be a great addition to accentuate your home with light without having to replace the lights you already have.
But, when it comes to LED lights you should be aware that they do not last forever. They can fail, burn out, or develop problems.
If your LED is not lighting up or is flickering, you should be aware that you have a problem and do not have to replace your lights.
When the LED lights in your home or office keep shutting off, or after you’ve replaced the bulbs and the problem continues to occur, it is possible that there is a problem with the wiring.
Cutting such strips can cause permanent damage because they have circuits that run continuously throughout the length. If your light is designed to be cut, ensure you made the cut at the right point.