How to Install LED Strip Lights in a Roof Lantern


If you’re looking to add ambiance and functionality to your roof lantern, installing LED strip lights can be a great choice. Not only do they provide ample illumination, but they also offer flexibility in terms of customisation and energy efficiency. 

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of installing LED strip lights in your roof lantern, from preparing to testing and we’ll also address some common questions along the way. 

Steps to install the LED strip lights 

Here are the main steps involved in installing LED strip lights in a roof lantern:

Step 1 – Preparing the roof lantern surface 

Before you begin installing the LED strip lights, ensure that the surface inside your roof lantern is clean and free from any dust or debris. This will help the adhesive on the LED strips to adhere properly. 

Step 2 – Measuring and cutting the LED strip lights 

Measure the length of the area where you want to install the LED strip lights. Most LED strips can be cut to size at designated cut points, so use scissors or a sharp knife to trim the strip to the desired length. 

Step 3 – Installing the LED strip lights 

Carefully peel off the adhesive backing on the LED strip and gently press it onto the surface of the roof lantern, following the measurements you took in the previous step. Make sure the strip is positioned evenly and securely. 

Step 4 – Connecting the LED strip lights to a power source and controller 

Once the LED strip lights are in place, connect them to a power source and controller according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This may involve attaching wires or using connectors to link the strips together and connect them to the controller. 

Step 5 – Testing the LED strip lights

When coming close to the end of the installation, test the LED strip lights to ensure they are functioning correctly. Turn on the power source and use the controller to adjust the brightness and colour settings as desired. If everything is working properly, proceed to secure any loose wires and tidy up the installation. 

Additional tips and considerations

Before starting the installation process, it’s essential to consider a few additional tips and factors that can greatly influence the effectiveness and longevity of your LED strip lights in your roof lantern. 

By taking the following tips and considerations into account, you can maximise both the aesthetic appeal and functionality of your lighting setup. 

Avoid screwing into the roof lantern frame 

To prevent potential leaks and damage to the structure, refrain from screwing any lights or fixtures directly into the roof lantern frame. Instead, opt for adhesive or non-invasive mounting options that won’t compromise the integrity of the structure. 

Choose the right type of LED strip

Consider factors such as colour temperature, brightness and waterproofing if your roof lantern is exposed to outdoor elements. 

Play your layout 

Take the time to plan where you want to place the LED strip lights and how you want to control them to achieve the desired lighting effect. 

Use appropriate accessories 

Depending on your installation requirements, you may need additional accessories such as mounting clips, connectors or extension cables. 

Energy efficiency and cost savings 

LED strips are not only visually appealing, but also offer significant energy efficiency benefits compared to traditional lighting options. LEDs consume less power while producing the same amount of light, resulting in lower electricity bills and reduced carbon emissions. 

Additionally, LED technology has a longer lifespan than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs, which means fewer replacements and maintenance costs over time. By investing in LED strip lights for your roof lantern, you can enjoy beautiful illumination while saving money and reducing your environmental footprint. 

Maintenance and troubleshooting 

To maintain your LED strip lights, periodically check for any signs of wear or damage, such as flickering lights or dimming sections. Clean the surface of the strips gently with a soft cloth if dust or dirt accumulates and ensure all connections are secure. 

If you encounter any issues with your LED strip lights, such as malfunctioning or inconsistent performance, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for troubleshooting guidance. Common problems may include loose connections, faulty wiring or incompatible components. 

Light up your roof lantern today 

With this step-by-step guide, you can easily install LED strip lights in your roof lantern to enhance its aesthetic appeal and functionality. 

Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply enjoying a quiet evening at home, the right lighting can help to create the perfect ambiance for any occasion. 

If you’re thinking about LED lights but haven’t decided on which roof lantern to go for yet, why not check out our popular roof lantern range. Not only do we offer industry leading products, but also, every single lantern we offer comes with a fantastic 10 year guarantee, for extra peace of mind. 

Live local to our Teesside showroom and would prefer to see a roof lantern in person? Call us on 01642 309576 to book a showroom visit. 

FAQs about installing LED strip lights

Can you hang a light from a roof lantern? 

Unless you have spoken to the manufacturer and received confirmation that you can hang a light from your roof lantern, we would not recommend it. Not only can screws in the roof lantern frame lead to roof lantern leaks, but you may end up damaging the roof lantern or make the roof lantern unsafe if weight restrictions are not adhered to. 

Are LED strip lights suitable for outdoor use in roof lanterns? 

Many LED strip lights are designed for outdoor use and can withstand exposure to moisture and other environmental factors; however, always check the product specifications to ensure that they are suitable for your specific application. 

Can LED strip lights be dimmed? 

Yes, most LED strip lights can be dimmed using a compatible controller or dimmer switch. This allows you to adjust the brightness to create the desired ambiance for any setting. 

Do I have to add LED strip lights to my roof lantern? 

Although LED strip lights are not a necessity for roof lanterns, for homeowners wanting to enhance the ambiance and decorative flair, they’re a nice additional option. 

Ultimately, whether or not to install LED strip lights depends on individual preferences and the desired lighting atmosphere for the space. 

How do I choose the right brightness for my roof lantern?

The brightness of LED strip lights is measured in lumens. Consider factors such as the size of your roof lantern, the desired ambiance and the intended use of the space when selecting the brightness level. Dimmable LED strip lights offer flexibility, allowing you to adjust the brightness to suit different lightning needs. 

How do I secure LED strip lights in place?

In addition to the adhesive backing provided with LED strip lights, you can use mounting clips, brackets or channels to secure the strips into place, especially in areas prone to movement or vibration. 

These accessories help ensure a secure and long-lasting installation. 

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