LED Aluminium Profile
LED Aluminium Profiles (also known as extrusions) are designed specifically for the protection and housing of a range of LED strip lights. Ultra LEDs provide a range of Aluminium LED Profiles, such as Rectangular Profiles, Corner Profiles and Circular Profiles. All of which are available in various shapes sizes and depths. We also stock a number of profile accessories, including end caps, mounting brackets and diffusers.
Our LED Profiles are best suited around the home and can be used in furniture lighting, counters or ceiling decoration.
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What are LED Aluminium Profiles?
LED profiles, also known as LED extrusions, are lightweight channels typically made from
aluminium which are designed to house and protect runs of LED strip lights. They are
available in many different shapes, sizes and depths and can be installed in a variety of
ways. They often require a diffuser for an even distribution of light, avoiding any unwanted
spotting effects that LED tape can sometimes cause. Many are made using fully anodized
corrosion-proof aluminium, making them ideal for use outdoors too.
What types of aluminium profiles are available?
LED aluminium channels vary in terms of their profile shape and the way in which they are
installed. When choosing your aluminium profile the most important features to consider are:
Shape: Either rectangular, circular, corner. Be sure to make note of the maximum tape width
of each channel to ensure it is compatible with the LED tape you will be using.
Depth: How deep do you need your channel to be? For installations where space is limited a
slim line profile would be most suitable. For those which use thicker LED tapes, a deeper
channel may be required to house the strip lighting.
Installation: Would you like your LED lighting to be surface mounted, suspended or
recessed (into tiles, plaster or into the ground)?
Types of aluminium profiles include:
Rectangular LED Aluminium Profiles: Also known as shaped aluminium profiles, these
are the most commonly used channel in LED installations. They are available in a variety of
sizes and colours suitable for both home and commercial environments. Many are surface
mountable with screw-in brackets, however suspended and recessed varieties are available.
Circular LED Aluminium Profiles: With lighting angles varying from 180º to 360º
illumination, circular profiles are ideal for installations with a modern finish. Although many
circular profiles are best suited to surface mounting with brackets, some can be suspended
with cables to create light tubes.
Corner LED Aluminium Profiles: Corner profiles are designed to emit light at a 45º angle,
making these channels ideal for under shelving units or in ceiling coffers.
Surface LED Aluminium Profiles: Profiles which are installed via screw-in mounting
brackets are known as surface profiles, because they protrude above the surface on which
they are installed as opposed to being recessed into the surface.
They are available in rectangular, corner and circular varieties and are commonly used in furniture or retail
Suspended LED Aluminium Profiles: Some LED tape profiles feature the ability to be
suspended when installed with our suspension cabling. These profiles have special grooves
to accommodate for additional screws and corresponding steel suspension cabling kits
which are available for purchase at checkout.
Waterproof LED Aluminium Profiles: Some LED tape profiles can achieve an IP rating of
65 when sealed with silicone glue. Combined with their corrosion-proof anodized coating,
these aluminium profiles are ideal for outdoor LED installations. Shop water resistant LED profiles.
Recessed LED Aluminium Profiles: Recessed profiles are those which sit flush with the
surface on which they are installed for a sleeker finish. They are available in various shapes,
widths and depths and can be installed in three different ways:
Standard Recessed LED profiles: These require a hole to be cut into the wall or
furniture in which you wish to install it and have a trim to hold them in place. These
profiles can be used in many different materials and environments.
Plaster-in Recessed LED profiles: These trimless profiles are specifically
developed for recessing into plastered walls and ceilings for an incredible seamless
diffused light output. They are available in both flat and corner varieties.
Tile-in Recessed LED profiles: Tile-in aluminium profile allows you to create stunning modern lighting effect suitable for bathrooms, kitchens, and other tiledareas.
Due to the unique edge rim you can place standard depth tiles up to 10mm width on top and seal the edges as you would do normally when tiling.
What types of products are aluminium profiles compatible with?
LED aluminium profiles are designed to house and protect runs of LED tape. Although
almost any tape can be installed into a profile that is wide and deep enough, we recommend
our OptiProfile range by Tagra® for channel installations.
Thanks to its slim-line installation components and impressive 240 LEDs per meter, OptiProfile tape can be installed into even
the shallowest of channels without any unwanted spotting effects.
What are the benefits of using aluminium profile?
Installing LED tape in an aluminium profile is recommended due to the protective features
the profile offers. As well as protecting the tape from general wear and tear, aluminium
channel also acts as a heat sink which prevents the LED tape from overheating and thus
prolonging its lifespan.
Aluminium channel also helps protect LED tape from the elements in
outdoor installations when sealed with a silicone glue thanks to it’s anodized coating.
How to install an LED aluminium profile:
1. Ensure the channel is cut to the length you require and screw the mounting brackets
into the surface of choice at 1m intervals.
2. Peel the adhesive backing off the run of LED tape and stick the length of the tape
into the channel.
3. Clip the diffuser onto the channel.
4. Insert the end clips onto each end of the profile, ensuring the 2 core cable is thread
through the hole in one of the end caps. This cable will attach to the driver or power
5. Press the profile firmly into the mounting brackets so they click into place.
For more information, click here to read our recessed installation guide.
What type of finishes are available?
Many of our LED profiles are available in silver, white or black, however Ultra LEDs can
support custom colouring to match your specification at special request.
What accessories are available?
When installing LED tape into and aluminium profile, some accessories may be required.
LED profile diffusers: These are lengths of plastic which diffuse the light produced by the
LEDs, producing an even distribution of light. They are available in opal, semi-clear or
LED Profile End caps: End caps are used to seal aluminium profiles. Sold in pairs, most
end caps come with one blank side and one with a hole to allow cable entry. They also help
prevent dust from entering the aluminium profile and damaging your LED strips.
LED Profile Mounting Clips: Mounting brackets are used to secure aluminium profiles to a
surface. Simply screw the bracket onto a surface and clip in the profile. Sold in singles,
although we recommend using 2 brackets per metre depending on the profile.
Can aluminium profiles be cut?
Yes, aluminium profiles can be cut to any required length. As experts in the industry, Ultra
LEDs offer bespoke services including the cutting of LED profiles to the exact specification
of your project for a small extra cost.
What lengths do they come in?
Ultra LEDs are one of the only suppliers in the UK to offer profiles in 3m lengths, allowing for
easier installation on larger projects. We sell profiles in 2m or 3m lengths as standard.
Can they be used outdoors?
Thanks to their fully anodized coating, our corrosion-proof aluminium profiles are suitable for
use outdoors. A silicone glue can also help to improve water resistance.
How do I mount LED strip to aluminium profile?
As all our LED tapes feature an adhesive backing as standard installing LED strip into a
profile is easier than ever. Simply remove the protective paper on the back of the tape and
firmly press it into the channel.