Armacost Lighting RF5050030-12CCD Installation Guide

RibbonFlex Pro™ LED Accent Lighting
30 RGB LEDs per meter (9 LEDs per foot)
Custom Color RGB LED Tape Light
Model # RF5050030
Welcome to RibbonFlex Pro™ Custom Color RGB LED Tape Lighting
Planning
Ultra thin and flexible, RibbonFlex Pro™ custom color RGB LED lighting is
easy to install in straight, curved and irregular spaces – offering virtually
limitless design and installation possibilities. With red, green and blue LED
chipsets, RGB LED lighting can produce a near endless array of colors, plus
shades of white, making it exceptionally versatile for creative accent lighting.
RibbonFlex Pro RGB LED lighting is designed for indirect lighting applications.
The light from the LED tape is not to be seen directly by the eye. Every
installation is unique and the illumination effects are personal preference.
Installation location, wall colors, mounting angle, and the light’s reflection off
of walls, surfaces and objects will affect the final lighting appearance.
30 RGB LEDs per meter (9 LEDs per foot), model # RF5050030
Installation considerations
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Use in a wide range of residential, retail, and commercial lighting
applications
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Perfect for adding color above cabinets, in coves and tray ceilings
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Create drama by edge lighting counter tops and toe-kick areas
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Where will you locate your power supply and RGB controller?
How will you switch your LED lighting on and off?
What is the best layout configuration for your installation?
How will you run and conceal the wires to your LED tape lighting?
Power supply location and voltage drop
Requires a 12V DC power supply and an RGB color controller, available
separately. RGB color controllers blend the red, green and blue LED colors
to create custom colors and color changing effects. Various models are
available, to learn more visit armacostlighting.com.
The power supply that provides 12V DC power to your LED tape lighting
operates on 120V AC household current. The shorter the wire lead between
the power supply and the LED tape lighting, the brighter the lights will be.
If the RGB LEDs farthest from the power supply appear dim or you see a
color shift, it is due to voltage drop.
Please read these guidelines completely before installing.
About voltage drop
RibbonFlex Pro custom color RGB LED tape is a new and exciting type of
lighting. It is important to read these guidelines completely to understand
how the product works, and how it can be configured, cut to size, connected,
and installed so you can design your LED lighting layout.
Voltage drop is a natural occurrence in all low voltage lighting systems. It
is the gradual decrease in voltage that occurs along the length of the 12V
power feed wires to the lighting, and varies depending on the type and
size of the LED tape light installation. It is a function of wire length, wire
thickness, and the energy or total watts used by the lighting.
Voltage drop only becomes undesirable if you notice the brightness or color in one
area of your lighting is objectionably different than in another area. As a practical
approach, test your RGB LED lighting prior to final installation. Refer to the chart
below for recommended lengths of power feed wires using 22 and 18 AWG wires.
Excessive voltage drop = reduced brightness and color accuracy
Shorter and/or thicker wires = higher brightness and color consistency
Longer LED tape = an increase in voltage drop
Installing tape lighting is an easy DIY project, however, basic wiring skills such
as stripping, splicing, extending, and connecting wires are required.
This product operates on low voltage 12V DC power. 12V DC power supplies
are sold separately and are available in different wattages.
Visit armacostlighting.com for additional installation tips and ideas plus
FAQs and latest product information.
Recommended maximum length of 12V power wires from power supply to LED lighting
22 AWG WIRE
If your LED tape light
length is:
8 Feet
16 Feet
24 Feet
32 Feet
Cut to Size
Connect with Ease
Peel and Stick
Offers unlimited
lighting design
options for custom
installations.
Use LED Snap
Connectors to join
strips and add
power wires.
Simply remove 3M
backing from LED
tape lighting and
stick in place.
Do not stare directly into the LED lights when illuminated
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Do not power LED tape while coiled on reel
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Disconnect power supply before cutting and connecting
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For current product information on RGB color controllers, visit
armacostlighting.com. Depending on the model and location of your RGB color
controller, you may be able to conveniently use the device to switch on/off your
LED lighting. Other options include plugging your power supply into a switched
120V AC outlet or an optional Armacost Lighting wireless wall switch.
WALL
SWITCH
SWITCHED
AC OUTLET
12V DC
POWER SUPPLY
WALL
SWITCH
SWITCHED
AC OUTLET
12V DC
POWER SUPPLY
WIRELESS
WALL SWITCH
120V
AC OUTLET
WIRELESS
WALL SWITCH
120V
AC OUTLET
Do not install this product in wet locations
Use only insulated staples, plastic ties, or wire support clips to secure
cords and wires
Route and secure wires so they will not be pinched or damaged
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For any wire runs inside of walls, use properly certified CL2 or better cabling
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TYPICAL CONNECTING AND SWITCHING OPTIONS
Always use the +12V/B/R/G indicators printed on the tape light to
maintain polarity and correct color sequencing
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Max wire length to
tape light
24 Feet
20 Feet
16 Feet
8 Feet
Switching and color control options
Use only with low voltage 12V DC power source and 12V DC RGB
color controller
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If your LED tape light
length is:
8 Feet
16 Feet
24 Feet
32 Feet
For an online voltage drop calculator, visit armacostlighting.com/installation.
IMPORTANT
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18 AWG WIRE
Max wire length to
tape light
12 Feet
10 Feet
8 Feet
4 Feet
WIRELESS
RGB
CONTROLLER
WIRELESS
RGB
CONTROLLER
Do not install Class 2 low voltage wiring in the same runs as AC main
power. If AC and low voltage wires cross, keep them at 90-degree angles
WIRELESS
SWITCH
RECEIVER
WIRELESS
SWITCH
RECEIVER
12V DC
POWER SUPPLY
12V DC
POWER SUPPLY
RGB
CONTROLLER
RGB
CONTROLLER
RGB
CONTROLLER
RGB
CONTROLLER
120V
AC OUTLET
12V DC
POWER SUPPLY
120V
AC OUTLET
12V DC
POWER SUPPLY
120V
AC OUTLET
12V DC
WIRELESS RGB
POWER SUPPLY CONTROLLER
RECEIVER
12V DC
WIRELESS
RGB
POWER SUPPLY CONTROLLER
RECEIVER
120V
AC OUTLET
RGB
CONTROLLER
RGB
CONTROLLER
Interior
RV and FUSE
boat applications can be powered RGB
directly by 12V battery
12V BATTERY
12V BATTERY
All wiring must be in accordance with national and local electrical codes, low
voltage Class 2 circuit. If you are unclear as to how to install and wire this
product, contact a qualified professional.
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PROTECTION
12V SWITCH
CONTROLLER
FUSE
PROTECTION
12V SWITCH
RGB
CONTROLLER
Configuration options
Cutting, connecting and wiring
RibbonFlex Pro Custom Color RGB tape lighting offers endless connection
options to fit virtually any installation imaginable. LED tape strips can be
installed in series (strips connected or wired end to end) or in parallel (multiple
legs of LED strips or series of strips wired directly to a single power supply).
RibbonFlex Pro is designed for custom lighting installations. Basic wiring skills
such as stripping and splicing wire connections are required.
Always maintain correct RGB
wire polarity when connecting
RGB LED tape lighting.
TYPICAL CONFIGURATIONS
+12V
Use the +12V/B/R/G indicators
printed on the RGB tape light
to maintain polarity and correct
color sequencing.
Straight Run
Only one end of the LED strip
is powered. Multiple strips can
be connected in a series for a
continuous run. When set at 100%
cool bright white, RGB LEDs farther
away from the color controller may
color shift to a warmer white.
POWER
SUPPLY
Cut with scissors
RGB
CONTROLLER
This RGB tape light model can be cut every 3 LEDs, or about every 4". Only
cut tape light in the center of the copper pad locations, “A,” as shown below.
If you cut at a soldered position, “B,” also shown, you may need to remove
the solder from the tape connection joint in order for an LED Snap Connector
to work properly. Snap Connectors make easy, secure solderless connections
(see below). Solder joint positions are located every 19.7 inches (½ meter).
Center Feed / Loop Back
Either power two equal legs of tape
lighting from the center or loop
back and power both ends of the
LED tape. These configurations will
produce more consistent brightness
and color over the length of the strip.
A loop back is excellent for room
perimeter tray ceiling or cove lighting.
B/R/G
LEG 1
LEG 2
POWER
SUPPLY
A
RGB
CONTROLLER
RGB
CONTROLLER
B
POWER
SUPPLY
Array
Wire Lead Snap Connectors
An array uses two or more legs of
various lengths wired to an RGB
controller in a parallel connection.
You will need to calculate total
wattage used in an array to guard
against overloading the power supply.
POWER
SUPPLY
Wire Lead Snap Connectors are used for going around corners or, when cut in
half, to create two power leads (“jumper” cables) for linking and extending RGB
power wires to LED tape lighting in other areas.
LEG 1
RGB
LEG 2
CONTROLLER
LEG 3
IMPORTANT: Always use the +12V/B/R/G indicators printed on the tape light
to maintain polarity and correct color sequencing.
Choosing a power supply
RGB LED tape lighting power requirements are based on several factors,
including your configuration (chart above), voltage drop, and the length
limitations of the LED tape lighting. Refer to the charts below for the
recommended maximum lengths of RGB LED tape lighting based on your
configuration and choose a power supply rated greater than your needs – you
cannot overpower LED tape lighting. The LED power requirements shown
below are for when the RGB color controller is set at 100% full power
brightness white and do not represent every possible installation scenario.
To make longer “jumper” cables
Cut in half to create two wire lead connectors
that can be spliced to longer wires in order to
get power to LED tape strips in other areas.
To get power from one RGB LED strip to another, you can extend wire leads
as shown below. 22-18 AWG 4-conductor wire should be sufficient for
extending wire leads up to 10 feet. Shorter and/or thicker wires will
mean less voltage drop and higher brightness. For an online voltage drop
calculator, visit armacostlighting.com/installation.
Maximum length of LED tape based on configuration type and power supply
Power Supply
Straight Run
Center Feed / Loop Back
15 Watt
6.6 ft (2.0m)
Not recommended
30 Watt
16.4 ft (5.0m)*
13.1 ft (3.0m)
60 Watt
16.4 ft (5.0m)*
32.8 ft (10.0m)
*Length limitations indicated here are based on the inherent limitations of the RGB LED tape due to
voltage drop in a straight run. Exceeding these lengths will cause LEDs farthest from the power supply
to color shift when at 100% full bright white. A higher wattage power supply will not reduce the impact
of voltage drop. For more consistent brightness consider a center feed or loop back configuration.
Due to voltage drop, longer lengths of RGB LED tape will use fewer watts
per foot than shorter lengths. The total watts used in an array layout depend
on the wattage requirement of each leg and overall voltage drop within your
connection wires. A leg can be a single LED strip or series of strips connected
end-to-end. Various legs are wired in parallel directly to the power supply.
1 to 5 feet
6 to 11 feet
12 to 15 feet
2.5 watts/ft
2.2 watts/ft
1.9 watts/ft
(B/R/G)
(B/R/G)
(+12V)
(B/R/G)
Splice Snap Connectors
Splice Snap Connectors are for joining two strips to create a continuous run
of LED lighting.
Calculate the wattage for each leg by multiplying watts per foot by the
length of LED lighting in the leg. Include only the lengths of LED tape in
your calculation, not the RGB connecting wires. Add each leg’s wattage
requirement together to determine the total watts needed to power your array
and select the appropriate power supply.
Watts used per foot
(+12V)
Wire splice connections: Maintain polarity when extending cables and be
sure all splice connections are secure. Splicing options include crimp
connectors, wire nuts, terminal blocks and soldering wires. Be sure to use
wire connectors that are sized for the wire gauge you are using.
Array power supply calculation
Length of leg (LED tape light only)
(+12V)
RGB Splice Snap Connector
(+12V)
(+12V)
(B/R/G)
(B/R/G)
If the +12V/B/R/G marks do not line up,
flip the tape strip and use the opposite
end for proper +12V/B/R/G alignment.
How to use Snap Connectors
Calculate each leg’s wattage requirement separately, then add together for the total
watts needed for your array. Select a power supply that exceeds the total watts needed.
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Pry open lid on the side you wish to connect an LED strip to.
Peel back about ¼ inch of the 3M adhesive backing on the bottom of
the strip.
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Above Cabinet Uplighting
Using a side-to-side motion, carefully slide tape strip into connector
channel as shown below so the copper pads on the tape are positioned
underneath the connector contacts.
Most cabinet tops have uneven surfaces. To create beautiful indirect
uplighting over cabinets, simply mount RibbonFlex Pro on any rigid strip
(e.g., thin lattice or corner guard molding) and place on top of cabinets.
Angle the strip position to achieve the desired illumination.
Close and snap down lid connector.
Perform a power test to be sure connection is secure and that all LEDs light
before final installation.
If LEDs do not light, or LEDs flicker, repeat the steps outlined above.
For a seamless glow and to avoid bright light spots, keep LED tape light strip
at least 1½" away from walls.
Insert tape in channel
under contact tabs
Cove Lighting
You can also solder lead wires to LED tape
CEILING
LED strips can be direct wired by soldering
leads onto the copper pads as shown. Test light
connection, then seal with 3/16" heat-shrink tubing.
Installation
Mount LEDs 11/2"
or greater from
wall to avoid
bright spots
Every lighting situation is different. Where you decide to mount and position the
RGB LED tape is a personal preference that will affect the illumination appearance.
Before removing 3M backing tape, test fit and light your RibbonFlex Pro in the
space you intend to install the lighting.
Troubleshooting
Power your LED tape lighting and temporarily hold or tape into position with
masking tape – do not remove backing tape. Move the tape light around and
try various angles and positions to get the desired level of illumination and
lighting appearance. If the LEDs create undesirable light spots on walls, or
reflections, reposition LED tape light strip farther away from surfaces or try a
different mounting angle.
RGB tape light strip does not light
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Final Mounting
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Once you have determined your final mounting position, clean the surface
to assure the 3M self-adhesive backing will adhere properly. The mounting
surface needs to be smooth, dry, and free from oils and waxes. Denatured
alcohol or acetone can be used; be sure to read labels carefully as some
solvents can damage certain surfaces.
Check all tape light and RGB controller connections from the power
supply to the RGB LED tape light. Consider testing with a multimeter to
ensure light strip is receiving 12V power.
Only part of the LED tape light strip is lit
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Remove the 3M backing from one end and carefully place the tape light
along the surface mount area. Using a cloth, gently press between the LEDs
to help ensure secure contact with the surface. Avoid pressing on the
individual LEDs as this could damage the LED solder connection to the tape.
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Support the RGB power
feed wire using peeland-stick wire support
clips as shown.
Check connections to the part of the strip that is not lit.
Confirm that you have maintained correct polarity and wire color
sequencing to the unlit section.
If only 1 LED series is out, cut out and remove the damaged 3-LED group
and splice together LED tape strips or replace with new 3-LED section.
LED tape lights blink on, then go off
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Although RibbonFlex Pro can be installed in curved and irregular spaces,
avoid sharp bends or bending on the solder joints as you could damage the
LED tape light. If an LED is inadvertently damaged and fails to light, the
remaining LEDs will continue to operate. RibbonFlex Pro is made with 3
LEDs connected as one series. If you experience a failure, you can cut out
and remove the damaged 3-LED series and splice together new LED tape.
Your power supply is not adequate for the length of RGB LED tape light
you are powering. Install a higher wattage power supply or reduce watts
used by shortening the lengths of your LED tape lighting.
LEDs farthest from the power supply are noticeably dimmer or you see a color shift
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Under Cabinet
This is the result of voltage drop. Decrease the length of the 12V power
feed wires or use thicker power feed wires between the 12V power supply,
the RGB controller, and the tape lighting.
Use shorter lengths of RGB LED tape lighting. Refer to Configuration
options in these guidelines. Consider a different configuration.
Visit armacostlighting.com/installation for additional installation tips and FAQs.
To surface mount LED tape lighting under a set of cabinets in one
continuous run, you may need to drill a ½" hole through any cabinet side lip
that may be present. Install LED tape lighting through the hole and surface
mount as a continuous run.
Mounting
too close
to lip may
create an
undesired
shadow
Confirm you have maintained correct polarity (+ to + and – to –) when
connecting your 12V power supply to your RGB controller, and ensure
that you have maintained polarity and consistent wire color sequencing
(+12V/B/R/G) from the RGB controller to your LED tape light.
Limited 3-year warranty
This product is for dry location use only. Improper installation, improper
powering, abuse, or failure to use this LED tape light for its intended purpose
will void warranty. LED tape light cannot be returned or exchanged once cut
unless under warranty replacement. Proof of purchase is required for all returns.
Questions? Email support@armacostlighting.com.
RibbonFlex Pro
has a wide 120
degree beam angle
Mount inside
of lip for wall
wash effect
SPECIFICATIONS
Input Voltage.................................... 12V DC
LED Count ..................................30 LEDs/m
LED Module ............. SMD 5050 tri-chip RGB
Beam Angle ................................. 120° wide
Tape Height/Width ........................ 2 x 10mm
Cuttable................. Every 4" approx (100mm)
Listings ................................CE, RoHS, CSA
COUNTERTOP
When mounting under a cabinet
or a shelf with no lip to hide the
LED tape light strip, create a visual
barrier by using trim strip molding
mounted in front of the LED tape light.
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