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Understanding the Differences: ‘Dim to Warm’ versus ‘Tunable White’ LED Strips

What are ‘Dim to Warm‘ and ‘Tunable White‘ LED Strips?

It’s common for confusion to arise when distinguishing between these two types of LED strips. Hence, today, we delve into their differences to clarify misconceptions.

Dim to Warm‘ LED strips adeptly mimic the dimming characteristic of a traditional incandescent bulb. When at maximum brightness, the color temperature of these strips stands at 3000K. However, as you dim the light, the temperature leans closer to a warm 1800K. Interestingly, ‘Dim to Warm’ LED strips don’t require an LED controller; a dimmer or compatible power supply would suffice.

On the contrary, ‘Tunable White‘ LED strips allow you to adjust brightness and color temperature using an LED controller independently. Here, the brightness doesn’t affect the CCT.

Normally, ‘Dim to Warm’ LED strips come with 2 wires, whereas the typical ‘Tunable White’ LED strips have 3 wires.

However, note that there are ‘Tunable White’ LED strips with just two wires, which tend to be narrower, and their warm white and cool white LEDs have reversed electrodes.


Both ‘Dim to Warm’ and ‘Tunable White’ LED strips present distinctive advantages and can be used to generate a plethora of lighting effects. ‘Dim to Warm’ LED strips, imitating the welcoming glow of incandescent bulbs, are perfect for cultivating a serene and inviting atmosphere. Conversely, ‘Tunable White’ LED strips, with their superior control over light’s color temperature, serve well in settings that require a versatile lighting solution to accommodate diverse moods or activities.

Ultimately, your selection between these LED strips should align with your specific lighting needs and tastes. By comprehending the differences between these strips, you’re better equipped to make an informed choice for your lighting setup, ensuring an optimal lighting ambiance for any event.

As a leading provider of top-tier LED strips and LED neon flex, MyLikeLed rigorously tests all products in high-tech labs to guarantee premium quality. We also extend the option to customize our LED strips and neon flex to fit your needs perfectly. Contact MyLikeLed today for your superior LED strip and LED neon flex solutions!

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