How to Cut Govee LED Lights?

Govee offers a wide range of LED smart lighting products including LED strips, panels, neon ropes and more. One of the benefits of Govee lights is the ability to cut them to your desired length. However, properly cutting Govee LED products requires following some specific steps to avoid damaging the lights. This comprehensive guide covers understanding Govee LED strip specifications, measuring and planning cuts, using the right cutting tools and techniques, reconnecting power after cutting, waterproofing, and troubleshooting cut lights. With the right methods, you can customize Govee LEDs to perfectly fit your space.

Overview of Cuttable Govee LED Options

Many Govee LED lights are designed to be cuttable for size customization:

  • LED Strips – Available in a range of lengths up to 33 feet. Use continuity cuts.
  • LED Neon Ropes – Indoor/outdoor waterproof rope mimicking neon. Cuts in segments.
  • LED Panels – Flat LED light panels often sold in longer multi-panel rolls.
  • LED Tile Grids – Interconnecting tile LED panels. Cut along grooves.

Check the product details to see if your specific Govee light model is cuttable. Segmented products have different requirements than continuous strips.

Should I Cut Govee LED Lights?

Consider these factors when deciding if you should cut your Govee LED lights:

Pros

  • Customize to perfect length
  • Optimize placement in space
  • Reduce cost of excess lighting
  • Improve installation fit
  • Match unconventional lengths

Cons

  • Irreversible modification
  • More installation effort
  • Possibility of improper cuts
  • Potential to damage LEDs

For most applications, the advantages of a perfect fit and focused lighting outweigh the risks if cuts are planned and executed carefully.

How to Measure, Mark and Plan Cuts

Careful measurement and planning ensures proper cutting:

  • Review the product specs to see where cuts are allowed. Look for cut marks.
  • Measure the total length you need, accounting for power connectors.
  • On LED strips, plan so that you don’t cut inline between LED modules. This maintains even lighting.
  • Use a permanent marker to mark the measured cut line to guide your cut.
  • Allow a little extra length to re-cut if needed.

With strips and other products, making strategic cuts enables customizing the lights to your space while maintaining performance.

Recommended Tools for Cutting Govee LED Lights

Having the right cutting tools makes LED modification easier:

  • Scissors – Suitable for most Govee tape, rope, and panel lights. Use sharp, thin blade scissors.
  • Wire cutters – Preferred for some rigid strip lights. Use flush snips for neat cuts.
  • Soldering iron – For reconnecting rigid strip light circuits. 30W iron recommended.
  • Ruler or tape measure – Essential for accurate cut lengths. Metal is best.
  • Cutting mat – Makes a smooth cutting surface and protects work areas.
  • Safety glasses – Protect eyes from debris when cutting.

Avoid using blades directly on Govee products as this can damage the LEDs. Scissor cuts yield clean results.

How to Cut Govee LED Strips

Follow these steps when cutting Govee LED strips:

  1. Review strip markings to find allowed cut points. Avoid cutting between LED modules.
  2. Use a ruler to measure and mark the desired cut length.
  3. Put on safety glasses to protect your eyes.
  4. Carefully make the cut using sharp scissors on the cut point markings.
  5. For rigid strips, use wire cutters and flush snips for a straight cut.
  6. If solder pads are exposed, cover with electrical tape to avoid shorts.

Making clean, straight cuts aligned with cut marks maintains proper strip operation.

Cutting Govee Neon Rope Lights

Govee neon rope lights should be cut in between the marked segments:

  1. Locate the cut marks denoted by the gaps between rope segments.
  2. Use sharp scissors to completely cut the two conductors inside on the cut mark.
  3. Leave at least 0.5 inches of conductor to allow reconnecting later.
  4. Remove any burrs or snags with fine grit sandpaper.

Cutting only at designated segments preserves the waterproofing and lighting function.

How to Cut and Install Govee LED Tile Grid Panels

For LED tile grids:

  1. Separate the panel sections you want using the connecting tabs.
  2. If needed, cut panels individually along their cut marks.
  3. Arrange and connect the shaped assembly as desired.
  4. Connect power and attach panels to mounting surface using adhesive or hardware.

Tile grids allow versatile arrangements – separate and combine for creative installations.

Reconnecting Power After Cutting Govee LEDs

Based on the product, use one of these methods to restore power:

  • Soldering – For rigid LED strips, solder pads to reconnect circuit.
  • Clip connectors – Some strips have integrated connectors to simplify rejoining cut points.
  • Splice connectors – Pre-wired quick splice connectors reconstruct circuits.
  • Conductive copper tape – Tape along the cut works for rope and tape lights.
  • Jumper cables – Included cables bridge connections on some products.

Restore continuity for even illumination. Avoid exposed conductors to prevent dangerous shorts.

Waterproofing Cut Points on Govee Outdoor LED Lights

Outdoor-rated LEDs require waterproofing cut points:

  • Heat shrink tubing – Seal soldered splices in adhesive heat shrink.
  • Electrical tape – Wrap affected areas thoroughly with high quality waterproof tape.
  • Silicone sealant – Waterproof silicone coats and protects cut ends.
  • IP65/67 end caps – Special caps reseal rope and linear lights after cutting.
  • Conformal coating – Thin spray creates an insulating barrier against moisture.

Any exposed conductors or cut points compromise water resistance. Properly seal to prevent shorts and corrosion.

Troubleshooting Cut Govee LED Strip Light Problems

IssueCauseSolution
Lights not working after cutWires not reconnectedCheck all wire splices and reconnect
Part of strip not lighting upMid-strip cut severed circuitReconnect using soldering or quick connectors
Flickering strip lightsExposed wires touchingProperly insulate any exposed wires
LED strip failure near cutExcess current from shortCheck for pins, staples or dirt bridging connections
Outdoor strip lights malfunctioningWater intrusion at cutRe-waterproof cut areas thoroughly

Double check reconnects thoroughly. Isolate and insulate any exposed conductors. Waterproof outdoor lights diligently.

Conclusion

With the right techniques, many Govee LED strip lights, panels, ropes, and grids can be cut to customized lengths. This allows perfect sizing for your unique installation needs. By carefully reviewing specs, measuring twice, using proper cutting tools, cleanly reconnecting circuits, and thoroughly waterproofing, you can safely modify Govee LEDs. Just take care to make straight cuts at designated points to maintain even lighting performance. With cuttable smart LEDs from Govee, you can creatively illuminate any space in your home or business with perfect lighting.

FAQs About Cutting Govee LED Lights

Q: Can I cut Govee LED strips at any point?

A: No, only cut at designated cut points marked on the strip to maintain even lighting and power.

Q: Can I lengthen Govee lights by splicing strips together?

A: Typically not recommended. This can overload the power supply. Best to use one continuous strip.

Q: How do I reattach the adhesive backing after cutting?

A: Some strips have resealable adhesive. If not, apply strong double sided tape on the back.

Q: Do I need special tools for cutting Govee LEDs?

A: Usually just sharp scissors. Some rigid strips require flush wire cutters. Always use caution.

Q: Is it safe to cut LED lights while powered on? Absolutely not! Always cut lights only after disconnecting power to avoid shorts and shocks.

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