Here is a quick and easy tutorial for the DIY folks, on how to build LED light fixtures. The soldering also applies to anyone installed LED strip without fixtures.

I used the following parts from our catalog:

In addition to these parts, you’ll need two tools:

  • Soldering iron
  • Phillips scredriver

Step 1: Insert

Insert the pigtail connector through the opening of one end cap.

DIY LED Strip Fixture Assembly

Step 2: Tin

“Tin” the terminals on one end of the LED strip with solder.

Tin LED strip solder

Tinning the LED strip with solder

Step 3: Solder

Solder your pigtail connector onto the LED strip. The side with the dashed line is (+) Positive

Soldered LED strip w/ wires

Note: Dashed line = Positive wire!

Step 4: Install

Before moving on, verify your LED strip lights up by briefly plugging it into the power supply (don’t look directly into the light!). Once verified, you’re now going to install the LED strip into the fixture.

Be careful to position the LED strip in the center of the channel. Begin removing the adhesive backing (not all at once), push the strip into the channel, working your way from one end to the other (removing the adhesive backing as you go).

LED strip fixture install

Work carefully, being sure to seat the LED strip fully into the fixture to optimize heat dissipation.

Step 5: Lens & End Caps

Slide the lens into position in the channel. Some of our fixtures (in particular the Corners) have tight fitting lenses which require they are pushed into place from the outside. With these, start at one side and work your way across, pushing the lens firmly into place using your thumbs.

Once the lens is in place, screw the end caps on (if applicable).

Installing LED strip into fixture

All of our fixtures use end caps, but not all of them use screws to hold the end caps in place.

 Step 6: Done!

At this point, all that is left is to test the light one more time and voila, you’re done!

Completed DIY LED strip fixture

Completed fixture using our Micro housings.

Plug In LED Fixture DIY Tutorial

This is the complete system, with rocker switch mounted between the fixture and the power supply.