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Skirting Board LEDs | A Modern Interior Lighting Solution?

Skirting Board LEDs | A Modern Interior Lighting Solution?

Posted by Skirting World on 16th Jun 2023

LED Skirting Boards - Everything You Need To Know

Skirting Boards with LEDs are an emerging trend in British homes

LED Skirting Boards are available premade, or you can DIY your existing skirting boards

But, there are potentially huge running costs to consider

Kitchen with LED Skirting Boards

What are LED Skirting Boards?

LED skirting boards are a type of skirting board that has integrated LED lights. 

There are two main types of LED skirting boards:

1. Premade LED Skirting 2. Skirting Boards with LED Channels
  • Made from aluminum or PVC.
  • The LED lights are integrated into the board itself.
  • Easy to install and can be a quick way to install LED skirting.
  • Can be quite expensive.
  • Made from traditional wood or MDF (Medium-density fibreboard).
  • Have a channel that can be used to house surface mounted LED strips.
  • Offer more flexibility and customization options.
  • May require more installation time.

Comparison of LED Skirting Boards

ProfilPas ProLight Skirting Board compared with Skirting Worlds MDF Grooved Skirting Board

Buying LED Strips / Spools For Your Skirting Board

There are two main types of LED spools: SMD & COB

Active Cob and SMD Led strips

SMD stands for surface-mounted device, and COB stands for chip-on-board

SMD lights are made up of small, individual LEDs that are mounted on a surface. COB lights are made up of a single, large LED chip that is mounted on a substrate.

  • SMD lights are more versatile than COB lights. They can be cut to any length, and they can be used in a variety of applications, such as signage, architectural lighting, and automotive lighting.
  • COB lights are more durable than SMD lights. They offer a more even light distribution, and they are less likely to fail.

COB LED vs SMD LED diagram

Here is a table that summarizes the key differences between SMD and COB lights:

Feature SMD COB
Number of LEDs Multiple Single
Size Smaller Larger
Versatility More versatile Less versatile
Durability Less durable More durable
Light distribution Less even More even
Failure rate Higher Lower
Cost Lower Higher

Which LED Is Best For Skirting Boards?

SMD LEDs are typically the most suitable for interior home use with skirting boards, however both SED and COB lights have advantages. Consider the features of both and how they relate to your space.

  • SMD lights: SMD lights are a good option for skirting boards because they are versatile and can be cut to any length. This makes them easy to install and customize to fit the exact length of your skirting boards. SMD lights are also relatively inexpensive, making them a good option for budget-minded homeowners.
  • COB lights: COB lights are a good option for skirting boards because they are durable and offer a more even light distribution. This can create a more attractive and uniform lighting effect on your skirting boards. COB lights are also more energy-efficient than SMD lights, which can save you money on your energy bills.

    Room Vibe Best LED Type
    Living room Create a warm and inviting atmosphere. SMD lights
    Kitchen Create a safe and functional working environment. COB lights
    Bathroom Create a spa-like atmosphere. COB lights
    Bedroom Create a soft and soothing atmosphere. SMD lights
    Office Create a focused and productive working environment. COB lights

    Ultimately, the best type of LED light for you will depend on your specific needs and application. If you need a versatile light that can be used in a variety of applications, then SMD lights are a good choice. If you need a durable light with a more even light distribution, then COB lights are a good choice. It's also worth considering the paint colour and finish of your skirting boards, as light will react differently to satin, gloss or eggshell finishes.

How Much Do LED Lights Cost To Run?

The amount of electricity used by an LED strip light depends on its length, density, and size of LEDs. Longer, denser, and larger LED strips use more electricity. Connecting multiple LED strips together also increases electricity use.

- Based on the Energy Price Guarantee 2023, the cost of electricity is capped at 34p per kWh.

- On average a 1 metre LED strip with 60 LEDs uses around 7.2 watts of electricity per hour. 

- If you use a 1 metre strip of LEDs for 6 hours a day, you will use 42.3 watts of electricity per day - or 15.8kWh (1577w) per year.

To calculate the cost to run LED strips, you can use the following formula:

Cost = (Length of strips in meters) x (Power consumption per meter in kWh) x (Hours used per day) x (Cost of electricity per kWh)

For example, if you have a 10-meter LED strip that consumes 7.2 watts per meter and you use it for 6 hours per day, the cost to run the strip would be: 

10m x 0.0072w x 6h x 0.34p = £0.15 per day

10 Metres of LED Strip, running for 6 hours a day: £0.15 per day / £1.05 per week / £4.20 per month / £50.4 per year

How To Reduce LED Lighting Costs

  • Choose high-quality LED lights. Cheap LED lights may be tempting, but they often use more energy and don't last as long. Look for LED lights that have a high lumen output per watt (lm/w) rating.
  • Use dimmer switches. Dimmer switches allow you to adjust the brightness of your LED lights, which can help to save energy.
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it's important to remember to turn off lights when you leave a room, even if you're just going to be gone for a few minutes.
  • Use motion sensors. Motion sensors can be used to automatically turn on and off lights when people enter or leave a room. This can be a great way to save energy in areas where lights are often left on for long periods of time, such as hallways and stairwells.

Light Up Your Space

LED lighting is becoming more trendy, and what better way to integrate this into your home aesthetic than the skirting boards. Skirting boards have a long and traditional history, and LED lights are modern. Combine these two design elements for a contemporary lighting fusion. Choose from premade LED skirting or take control over every aspect with an LED applicable skirting board.


Can you put LED lights on Skirting Boards?

Can you put LED lights on Skirting boards? Yes, you can put LED lights on skirting boards. There are a few different ways to do this. One way is to use pre-made LED skirting boards that have the lights integrated into them. Another way is to use LED strips that can be installed into a groove in a standard skirting board.

How do you fit LED skirting boards?

To install LED lights on skirting boards, you must have a skirting board that features a groove or channel to host a LED strip. Choose from SMD or COB strips and use adhesive strips to adhere the strip inside the channel.