If you’re installing a wireless (radio-frequency) dimmer or controller to control your LED strip lights, then you will also need a suitable LED receiver.
LED receivers pick up the signals sent by your wireless dimmer or controller, and pass them forward to your LED tape. Most receivers will let you control your LEDs from a range of up to 20 metres, enabling you to adjust colours, dim, switch on/off or run preprogrammed lighting effects (depending on the type of wireless controller you’ve installed).
Each LED light-colour you wish to control needs its own channel. So a white or single-colour LED tape can be controlled by a receiver with just one channel, while a colour-changing RGBW LED tape will require a receiver with four channels (one each for red, green, blue & white).
1. How to wire a receiver for single-colour LEDs
Use a single-channel LED receiver for your white or single-colour LED tape installation. (These are sometimes called ‘dimmer receivers’.) To wire it in, all you have to do is connect the LED power supply’s output (+ve and -ve cables) to the receiver’s input terminals, and connect your LED strip’s starter-lead (+ve and -ve again) to the receiver’s output terminals.