- Other names or descriptions include: ribbon, flex-strip, tape
- Common traits include: Flexible (also available in a rigid format but that is uncommon in holiday lighting since we mount it to a substrate), usually sold in meter long lengths coiled into "rolls". Waterproof and non-waterproof "boots".
- Pixel strip is normally defined by the meter length. As such, you usually see pixel strip listed as: 30/10 or 30 LED/s per meter, 10 IC/s per meter. These numbers define the strip construction and by these three major numbers:
- LEDs per Meter (LEDs/m) - For a given one meter (39 inches) length of strip, this says how many LEDs it contains. For RGB strip, that will also be an LED that is 5mm by 5mm in size, (most often called 5050's) each one which contains all three (RGB) LEDs. So, 30 LED/m strip will contain thirty, 5050 LEDs, each which contains three individual color LEDS. So, technically, this would mean that a 1 meter length section of 30LED/m would contain 90 individual LED lights.
- ICs per Meter - This defines how many IC's or integrated circuits are located in a single meter of strip. A much easier way to think of this is "Pixels per Meter" instead since what it really means is how many, individual lights or small groupings of lights can be individually controlled. A common strip might have "10 ICs/m", so this means that in the 1 meter length there are 10 "sections" or pixels that can be controlled. When the number of IC's is divided into the number of LEDs per meter, you know how many individual lights make up a group, if any. For 30/10 strip, this would mean that over the 30 LEDs in that meter, every 3 LEDs makes up one "pixel".
- When the LEDs and the ICs become the same number, such as 30/30 or 60/60, that means that each LED is directly controlled, not a group of LEDs.
- Voltage - For strip, the absolute most common voltage is 12 volts which is useful for longer runs common in strip.