Mortise profile for LED strip and its characteristics
The mortise profile for the LED strip has the shape of a box with protrusions along sides, and is designed for mounting in a previously made groove in one level with the surface.
Plastic or aluminum is used as materials. Aluminum constructions are considered more reliable because of their following advantages:
- Protection against dust, moisture, mechanical damage;
- Strength and light weight;
- Ability to remove excess heat, which prevents the LED strip from overheating.
Due to the high tightness of aluminum boxes, it is permissible to use not only inside but also outside the premises, for example, to illuminate the front door. Products are completed with plugs, fasteners and diffusers. Diffusers are made from acrylic or polycarbonate. They can be opaque or transparent, depending on how much light should be transmitted.
When is it appropriate to use an embedded profile for LED strips?
The profile for LED tape mortise (recessed) is usually mounted in plasterboard structures, plastering tiles, in furniture niches. Also, these boxes are often involved in the arrangement of the lighting of shop windows, work areas in kitchens, etc. They are considered the most suitable for installation in plasterboard ceilings, as they not only provide illumination around the perimeter of the ceiling, but also serve as baseboards.
It is worth considering that the mortise boxes with no gaps and voids are recommended for tapes up to 9.6 W / meter. This is due to the fact that the three sides are closed, only the upper projecting side remains free. In such a situation, the heat sink becomes complicated, and there is a high probability of the tape overheating.
How to mount a recessed profile for LED strip?
The installation process is quite simple, so you can handle it yourself. First you need to cut a groove corresponding to the size of the profile. Then from the very edge you need to drill out the recess for the power wires. After that the tape is pasted and the screen diffuser is inserted. The last stage – attaching the plug and installing the structure in the groove. If the groove is cut “butt”, you can use a rubber hammer to simplify the task.