LED lights add great aesthetic value to your room. They are easy to control via the remote. But, what should you do if Led Light remote control is not working?
I suggest troubleshooting your remote at home. However, you may not know how to do it. Therefore, I am writing this guide to explain the fixing steps.
Fixing the bad remote is not a difficult task. I would tell you my frequently practiced and the best-known ways.
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Do You Know Why Your LED Light Remote is not Working?
Before fixing the remote, you should know why it has stopped working. Here are some common causes in my knowledge;
- Remote batteries are expired
- The Remote or controller needs reprogramming
- Some objects or wireless signals are interfering with the remote signals
- LED strips are faulty
Solution #1. Replace the Remote Batteries
One of the immediate problems is that remote batteries are not working. If the remote does not have enough power, the indicator light will not glow.
Mostly, the LED remotes use CR2025 batteries. Be sure to use high-quality and fresh products. Once, I replaced the batteries but the still remote failed to work.
Later, I knew that the batteries had poor quality and were old enough. Hence, you have to check such issues.
Solution #2. Re-pair the Remote
Another reason is that the remote has un-paired itself from the lights. Some LED remotes are unstable and disconnect over and over again.
Although the indicator of the remote glows yet it does not work. Here is how to fix the pairing problem;
- Disconnect the LED strips from the power.
- Open the remote to remove its batteries.
- Unplug the LED controller or dimming wire from both ends of the strips.
- Wait a few moments before replugging the LED controller.
- Press and hold the “SPEED+” and “SPEED-” buttons at the same time. Release the buttons when the indicator blinks one.
Note: This is a general method. Please check the manual of your product to know the exact pairing method.
Solution #3. Reprogram the Controller
Is your LED strip 44 or 24 key? If yes, the colors may be incorrect. For example, red is programmed with green, and so on. The remote is just fine. But, the LED controller needs to reprogram. Here is how to do it;
- Unplug the LED controller and re-plug it after a few minutes. Make sure the connection is not loose.
- Press the “RED” color on the remote. The LED light will light up in a different color other than red. Now, press the “OFF” button.
- Next, press the “FADE7” key located at the bottom right of the remote.
- Press the “ON” button on the remote control to switch ON the lights.
- Press the “RED” color again to check if the corresponding LED lights up.
- You need to repeat the process until the “RED” button switches ON the red-colored LEDs.
Solution #4. Remove Interference
Sometimes, it happens that a third object comes between your remote and the strips. Consequently, the signal transmission is blocked. You think the remote has failed.
Remote controls either use Infrared (IF) or Radio Frequency (RF) waves. Signals from other wireless devices can interfere with these waves. Disable Bluetooth, Wifi, and other wireless devices near the lights.
Moreover, make sure no physical object such as a ceiling fan, hanging, etc. comes in the way. The path from the remote to the LED controller should be clear. Readjust the controller to ensure smooth signals.
Solution #5. Replace the Remote
All the reasons and solutions are mentioned above. If nothing helps, the remote has failed. The chip of the remote is broken or damaged.
Repairing is needed a wise idea. Because you can affordably buy a new remote for your LED light.
Solution #6. Test Your LED Strips
Maybe the remote control is fine and the light strips are faulty. So, you have to test and reset them. First, power cycle the strips.
- Unplug the power cord of the LED strips from the outlet.
- Wait for 5 or more minutes to let the lights cool down.
- Now, plug the power back and turn all lights ON.
- The strips must light up with all the colors. If some of them fail to come ON or light up, the remote is not faulty. Instead, you have to fix the lights.
- Check the circuit breaker, it should not be tripped. Moreover, check the fuse is not blown.
- The power cord of your strips should be in good condition, change it if you notice any exposed areas, burns, or damages.
FAQs About LED Light Remote
It is a good habit to ask questions. Therefore, I included the answers to your common questions here.
How long do the batteries of the LED strip remote last?
The lasting time depends on the type of different batteries. For example, CR2025 or coin cell batteries last for 4 to 6 months. While AAA batteries last for 2 to 3 months.
How can I control LED light strips with my phone?
“LED Strip Remote” is a mobile app for all types of LEDs. Further, LED light strips from some brands come with app support. Their product is Bluetooth enabled. For example, you can download the Boogey app on your iOS or Android device. So, you can alter brightness, color, mode, and speed with your phone.
How do I cut short my LED light strips?
LED light strips have clearly marked cut lines. Using scissors, you can cut them from any point. Likewise, the pieces can be joined together in copper dots to make them longer.
How many volts are the LED lights?
Generally, the LED lights have a forward voltage between 1.8 to 3.3 volts. However, it depends on the brightness and color. Red LED lights to drop between 1.7 to 2.0 volts. While blue LEDs drop between 3 and 3.3 volts. This difference occurs due to the band gap.
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Surely, this guide will help you. I have explained multiple methods to troubleshoot the LED light remote that has stopped working. If no hack works, you should replace the remote.