12/24V Led Striplight. Differences Between SMD3014, SMD3528 and SMD5050

We will explain which are the differences and qualities between different types of Chip (SMD) in strips led 12/24V monocolor and RGB., what are their characteristics and because of their differences in price. Recommendation of use according to their use. You can also see the article on the differences of SMD in 220V or installation of LED strips strips

What SMD?

SMD means Surface Mounted Device or surface mounting device, and refers to the way in which they are the LEDS mounted on the Strip. There are several types of SMD, the most common are the SMD5050, SMD3528 and SMD3014. The numbers make references to the dimensions of the chips. For example a SMD5050 chip would have a size of 5 × 5 mm and its related power would be 0, 5W per chip. In this way a SMD3028 chip size is 3 × 2, 8 mm and power of 0.2W. The SMD3014 would be half size but with the same power as the SMD3028.


SMD3528 LED strips are of medium power and low consumption. It is used mostly for profiling with light outlines in decoration. The average consumption (W/m) tends to be low, so it becomes less Strip. It can be cut every meter and optionally via a dimmer intensity can be adjusted. A great advantage is the possibility of installing large print runs (up to 100 meters) with a same driver, making this type of strip installation simple and easy. They are in monochrome format and are the most economical solution.


The characteristics of the SMD3014 chip make ideal this type of strips for the continuous lighting in all kinds of architectural spaces and decor. They include a heat sink which allows to increase the number of chip per metre of strip (120Leds/meter), allowing you to provide high-brightness and more uniform light in all the Strip. It is available in monochrome format (warm white, cold white, red, green, and blue) to adapt to any environment. Consumption is very low, they have a high energy efficiency. It is possible to install a dimmer to control the light intensity.


Chip SMD5050 strips are strips of high power and consumption more high. They are known as strips of tiple core (by three different areas which can be identified to closely look at the LED). These LED strips can provide up to 3 times greater than the SMD3528 light intensity, by making these more suitable strips for areas that are exposed to higher levels of ambient light. Logically, this makes more faces, being used for installations with high light requirements since their cost per lumen tends to be lower. It is also possible to incorporate a regulator to control the light intensity.

SMD5050 High Power

Strip high performance led. They offer almost twice the power of light (lm/meter) than the standard SMD5050 and practically the same consumption (w/m). Available monochrome and RGB, allowing them to expand their use for all type of decoration needs. Ideal for professional installations that require high light power. Drivers can optionally be added to adjust the intensity and color of light.

Chip SMD is better?

The answer is not simple, it depends on. For projects of basic lighting with low light requirements, where the cost is the key factor, then strips with chip SMD3528 prevails. For most demanding projects or facilities with RGB effects, the best options would be the SMD5050 or SMD5050 High Power in the most demanding projects. An intermediate option would be the strips with chips cost less than the SMD5050 SM3014 but with twice the brightness (Lm/m²) than more SMD3528