Armacost Lighting RFCONWW Installation Guide

Cutting, connecting and wiring
RibbonFlex Pro is designed for custom lighting installations. Basic wiring skills such as stripping and
splicing wire connections are required.
Positive
Always maintain polarity when
connecting LED tape lighting and
low voltage power wires.
Be sure to connect positive wires
to positive (+ to +), and negative
wires to negative (– to –). Polarity
is easily identified with + and –
marking on LED tape as shown.
Negative
Cut with scissors
This tape light model can be cut every 3 LEDs, or about every 2". 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. Solder joint positions are located every 19.7 inches (½ meter).
A
B
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.
Support the 12V power feed wire using peel-and-stick wire support clips as shown below.
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.
Under Cabinet
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
LED Snap Connectors make easy, secure solderless connections
RibbonFlex Pro
has a wide 120
degree beam angle
Mount inside
of lip for wall
wash effect
COUNTERTOP
Wire Lead Snap Connectors
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 power wires to LED tape lighting in other areas.
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.
IMPORTANT: Always use the + / – indicators printed on the tape light to maintain
polarity (+ to +, – to –).
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.
Above Cabinet Uplighting
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.
To get power from one LED strip to another, you can extend wire leads as shown below. 22-18 AWG
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.
(+)
(+)
(+)
(–)
(–)
(–)
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.
For a seamless glow and to avoid bright light spots, keep LED tape light strip at least ¾" away from walls.
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CEILING
Splice Snap Connectors
Splice Snap Connectors are for joining two strips to create a continuous run of LED lighting.
Mount LEDs 3/4"
or greater from
wall to avoid
bright spots
Splice Snap Connector
(+)
(+)
If the + / – marks do not line up, flip the tape
and use the opposite end for proper alignment.
(–)
(–)
How to use Snap Connectors
Troubleshooting
Tape light strip does not light
■
Pry open lid on the side you wish to connect an LED strip to.
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■
Peel back about ¼ inch of the 3M adhesive backing on the bottom of the strip.
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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.
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Close and snap down lid connector.
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Perform a power test to be sure connection is secure and that all LEDs light before final installation.
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If LEDs do not light, or LEDs flicker, repeat the steps outlined above.
Make sure your LED power supply is turned on and receiving power.
Confirm you have maintained correct polarity (+ to + and – to –) when joining LED strips as
well as when connecting to the 12V power supply.
Check all tape light connections and any switch or dimmer connections from the power supply to
the 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
■
Check connections to the part of the strip that is not lit.
■
Confirm that you have maintained correct polarity 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
■
Insert tape in channel
under contact tabs
Your power supply is not adequate for the length of 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
You can also solder lead wires to LED tape
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.
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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 and the tape lighting.
Use shorter lengths of LED tape lighting. Refer to Configuration options in these guidelines.
Consider a different configuration.
Visit armacostlighting.com/installation for additional installation tips and FAQs.
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Installation
Every lighting situation is different. Where you decide to mount and position the 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.
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.
Final Mounting
Once you have determined your final mounting position, clean the surface to assure the 3M selfadhesive 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.
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.
SPECIFICATIONS
Input Voltage....................................................12V DC
LED Count ..................................................60 LEDs/m
LED Module .................................. Everlight SMD 3528
Chip Size .......................................................10 x 23μ
Beam Angle ................................................. 120° wide
Tape Height/Width .......................................... 2 x 8mm
Cuttable................................... Every 2" approx (50mm)
Lumens Per LED ....................................... Approx 7 lm
Color Temperature (CCT).....................................~3000
Color Accuracy (CRI) ..............................................~79
Listings ................................................CE, RoHS, CSA
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Baltimore, MD 21225
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