How To Control Led Lights With & Without Remote?

If you want to liven a room or an event, you can always trust LED lights to do just that. With so many different varieties out there, you have a lot to choose from.

But before these can do their magic, perhaps you need to learn how to control LED lights with and without using a remote control.

What Are LED Lights?

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Did you know that LED lights use at least 75% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than the usual incandescent and fluorescent lighting fixtures? With this alone, it’s a good enough reason to make the switch. However, what is LED lighting exactly?

LED basically stands for light emitting diode. You might categorize this as a semiconductor, given that electric current passes through it. Many electrical devices make use of LED lighting from the TVs, digital clocks, and a whole lot more.

If you are looking for LED lights for your home, you can get them in bulb, tube, or lamp forms. However, you can also install your own LED lights. You can install an LED light strip to creatively illuminate certain areas of your residential or commercial space.

LED Lights With Remote

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LED lights can easily change the vibe of a space. It’s pretty versatile and flexible. Whether or not you are planning to use it for aesthetic or practical reasons, these light installations are game-changers.

If you have a background in installing lightning fixtures yourself, then perhaps an LED light can become your little DIY project.

However, it is still advisable that you seek the help of an expert or an electrician. Since electricity is involved in setting up the LED lights, you should consider safety first.

One of the advantages of making your own LED lights is you can customize it according to your preference. You can figure out how long it is and what colors options to include.

You can either opt to put bulbs or tubes together or create an LED light strip. Basically, you have a lot of say when it comes to the configurations.

If you opt to get one LED light fixture from the store, there will be plenty of options for you. It depends on what you want and where you would be using it. Some varieties might come with accessories, including remote controls.

One of the advantages of making your own LED light fixture is you can customize it according to your preference. You can figure out how long it is and what colors options to include. Basically, you have a lot of say when it comes to the configurations.

If you opt to get one LED lights from the store, there will be plenty of options for you. It depends on what you want and where you would be using it. Some varieties might come with accessories, including remote controls.


Know The Buttons

Before you can even begin tinkling with the remote, you might want to get to know the different buttons it has.

Each button has its function. While not all remote controls look the same, they, more or less, have the same functions. If you have an RGB remote control, don’t be surprised to see so many buttons that you need to work with.

Press On And Off

With just the press of a button, you can turn your LED light fixture on or off and illuminate the space or room. Most remote controls don’t require you to long-press the button. However, since not all remote controls are the same, it might not always be the case.

If you don’t need the LED lights at a given moment, you can turn them off anytime. It’s best not to leave the LED lights unattended. As LED lights are energy-savers, there will be less carbon footprint.


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Let’s face it, there might be days you want the lights to be brighter or darker. It can be due to your mood, liking, or a particular event. Whatever the reason is, you can now modify the brightness of the lights with just the touch of a button.

The brightness can be controlled by the dimmer button in some remote controls. There are some advantages to dimming the brightness of the lights.

First of all, you can customize the brightness according to your desire. You can brighten the lights to the maximum or dim them as much as you can. Second of all, you can save energy by lessening the brightness of the lights.

Automatic Mode

Some LED lights have built-in modes. And you can change modes by using the Automatic Mode button. If you want to see various lighting effects and modes, all you have to do is click this button.

The number of lighting effects depends on the lights and remote control that you have. Some LED lighting systems and remote controls allow you to customize the modes.

It is a very convenient feature, especially if you have different effects for whatever mood or situation you are in.


Apart from being able to adjust the brightness of the LED lights, you can also control their speed. Depending on what you want, you can adjust the blinking speed of the LED lights.

If you are going for a lively and festive vibe, it only makes sense to amp up the lights. If you want something more subdued, then you can always adjust the flashing of the LED lights.

Color Buttons

Most LED lights involve various colors. If there are color adjustment buttons, you will find the primary colors – red, blue, and yellow – and white. There might also be other colors in the remote. It depends on how many colors are there in the LED lighting fixture.

If you want to focus on certain colors, you can go ahead and set that. If you want some colors to be more brilliant or fainter, then you can modify those by increasing or decreasing their brightness.

LED Lights Without Remote

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If your LED lights come with a remote control, then good for you. However, what happens when the remote control breaks down? What happens when you lose it? How will you be able to control the lights?

Well, you don’t have to worry about anything. You can still use your LED lights even without a remote control.  When the remote control is out of reach, here are some alternatives that you should consider:

Get A New One

Buying a new remote control might not be the quickest fix but it’s a practical option. Since you can’t make adjustments to your RGB settings if you don’t have a remote control,  you need something ASAP.

One of the things you can do is look for a remote control from the same brand. Some manufacturers sell remote controls separately, so this won’t be a problem.

If you can’t find any, there are also universal remote controls that you can purchase. There would usually be instructions on how to connect the remote control with the LED lights.

Connect To A Power Source

If you happen to have an LED Light Strip, you can still do something about it. You can plug it into a power source. If you have to do this, be prepared to do a little bit of work.

You might have to connect the male point connection with the female point connection. You can plug the connection into the power source and wait for the LED lights to turn on.

You don’t have to have professional electrical skills to do this. However, since you will be working with electricity and wires, you have to be careful.

Convert Smartphone Into A Remote Control

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If you own a phone that runs on Android or iOS, you can turn it into a remote control for your LED lights. However, you need to check first if your LED Lights are compatible with the different light control apps out there.

If it is, then go ahead and download applications on your phone. There are a couple of apps out there, so you will have options. Find one that can connect with your LED light set-up and figure out how it works.

If your LED lights are not compatible with any of the apps, there is still something you can do! You can probably get an RGB Wifi adapter and connect it to your lights. Once you have that set-up, you can connect it with your WiFi connection.

Be In Control Of Your LED Lights

Whether you have a remote control or not, you don’t have to worry about how to control your LED lights. It’s easy to navigate the remote control and its many buttons.

And in case you run into a problem with your remote, you can still do something about it! Remember that you are the one who has full control at the end of the day!

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