Can you restick LED lights? While LED lights are long-lasting and reliable, they sometimes need to be restuck, either to a different surface or to the same surface.
In this post I will discuss whether LED lights can be restuck and, if they can, provide tips on how to do it successfully.
The application of LED lights has become increasingly popular in recent years. Whether used to brighten up residential (bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms) or commercial spaces (garages, shops, bars, hotels etc), LED lights offer long-term reliability and energy-efficient performance.
However, due to their lightweight and delicate nature, even the best LED lights may come loose (and fall off) and need to be restuck. This can be a tricky process and has left many people wondering if, and how, LED lights can be restuck.
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- Can you Restick LED Lights (The Steps)
Can you Restick LED Lights (The Steps)
Clean the surface of the LED light
The first step to safely restick your LED lights is to clean the surface of the LED light.
This ensures that the adhesive sticks to the LED light and doesn’t create any air pockets between the LED light and the surface.
First, using a clean cloth, wipe away any dirt, dust, or grime from the LED light. Then use rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining residue from the LED light. Finally, let the LED light air dry before proceeding.
Peel off the adhesive backing
The next step in resticking LED lights is to peel off the adhesive backing (the protective cover that is placed on the back of the LED light strip before you install it).
Make sure you remove the adhesive backing carefully, as it can be easily torn or damaged.
Once the adhesive backing has been removed, the LED light strip is now ready for resticking in the desired location.
Apply a new adhesive
Applying a new adhesive is an important step in the procedure for resticking LED lights.
Go for an adhesive that is specifically designed for LED strips, as this will ensure a secure and long-lasting bond. (You could also use double-sided tape to restick LED lights)
Apply the LED adhesive in a thin, even layer.
Allow the adhesive to cure for the recommended amount of time before attempting to restick the LED strip in place.
Secure the LED light with a weight
Securing the LED light with a weight is an important step in the reattachment process. This helps to ensure the LED light stays put after it has been restuck.
We recommend using a small weight or heavy object that can be placed on top of the LED light.
The weight helps keep the LED light in its new position and prevent it from shifting or moving.
It is also important to ensure that the surface of the LED light is clean and clear of any debris before placing the weight. This helps make sure that the LED light will not be damaged by any debris that may be between it and the weight.
Wait for the adhesive to set before using the LED light
Once you’ve chosen a suitable location for resticking your LED light, cleaned it, applied adhesive and placed a weight on the light, the next is step is to wait – yes, wait!
Allow the adhesive to set before using the LED light. Not allowing the adhesive to set can cause the light to come loose.
This step is essential to ensure that your LED light is secure and functioning properly.
The following are some of the best glues you can use to stick LED lights: super glue, holding wax, silicone glue, tacky glue, wood glue, UV resin and tape.
No matter what you do, avoid the following glues when sticking or resticking your LED Lights:
– Hot glue– The heat emitted by the hot glue could easily damage the components of the LED light strips.
– 2 Part Epoxy – As 2 Part Epoxy (e.g., JB Weld) cures, it briefly gets hot, and this heat could easily damage the LED strips.
– Polyurethane Glue – Polyurethane glue (e.g., Gorilla Glue) cures through a chemical reaction. This chemical reaction requires moisture for the foam in the glue to expand – this moisture can be damaging to the LED strips.
Re-sticking LED lights is not a difficult task.
With the help of some double-sided tape or adhesive, LED lights can be easily re-attached to any surface.
It is important to ensure the surface is clean and dry before applying the adhesive (or double-sided tape), and to use the correct type of adhesive for the specific LED light.
With the proper preparation and materials, LED lights can be re-stuck to create a beautiful, efficient lighting system.