How To Remove LED Light Strips: 4 Easy Steps


Using LED strips is a great asset for home decoration. They are valuable for adding color and extra light to the interior decoration of homes and offices. However, it is usual to make mistakes while removing LED strips. As a result, how To Remove LED Light Strips and reinstall them with the right technique.

Do LED light strips cause wall damage?

Lights will not harm the walls. However, the situation may change based on several factors, including

  • The adhesive’s tensile strength.
  • The longevity of wallpaper or paint.
  • Duration of use of the LED strip light on the wall. 
  • The surrounding environment or climate.
Illuminated staircase with wooden steps

(Illuminated staircase with wooden steps )

Will an LED strip light harm my wallpaper?

In this case, a powerful adhesive could tear the wallpaper because of its tight connection with the wall surface.

Home wallpaper design with LED

(Home wallpaper design with LED)

Will the paint flake off when you remove the LED strip?

The answer to this question depends on the paint job on your wall.

Taking an LED strip light off new paint is less prone to cause peeling. 

However, removing it from old paint that withstood water/moisture damage would cause flaking.

Also, do not put strip lights on rusted, dusty, unclean, or unprimed newly painted walls that are yet to dry. Else, it makes removing the strip light difficult, resulting in paint flaking and peeling.

Paint the led lights on the wall

(Paint the led lights on the wall)

What kind of adhesive do LED strip lights have?

  • 3M 
  • Foam tape 
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue dots
  • Command strips
A man is applying adhesive tape

(A man is applying adhesive tape).

Which one do we recommend?

The majority of well-known manufacturers utilize 3M for their LED strip lights. Because of the acrylic material contained in it. 

This acrylic material has two properties – It has the properties of both a highly elastic solid and a viscous liquid. Hence, it establishes a firm attachment to your wall.

How to Remove an LED Strip from a Wall

  1. First, disconnect the LEDs. This way, the power source does not induce electric shock. 

Safety comes first when handling any electrical appliances. 

  1. Using a hair dryer, begin heating the glue in the LED strip light. 

A medium heat of about two minutes softens the hot glue and makes it simpler to remove.

  1. To facilitate removal, insert a blunt, flat object such as a credit card or butter knife. 

Wiggle your butter knife/credit card to pry the LED light strip out from the wall gently. 

Notice, don’t rush the procedure. Slow down as much as possible.

  1. If any sticky residue from the adhesive strip remains on the wall, rub it with your thumb in a circular motion. 

In most circumstances, little pressure would be sufficient to remove the leftover adhesive residue.

Otherwise, use a gentle cleaning solution that will not harm your wall.

Installation and removal of led lights

(Installation and removal of led lights)

How do I reattach the LED light strip?

To reattach the LED strips to your wall, follow these steps:

  1. Begin by determining the type of surface you want to put them on.
  2. Once you’ve found the location, we suggest disinfecting it with alcohol.
  3. Next, choose a material for applying the LED strips adhesive. 

A staple gun and glue are two prominent examples.

  1. Place your LED strips in the location you want them to be.
  2. Often, the process of reinstallation causes damage to the LED strips. 

So, after you have re-sticked your LED strips, we suggest that you verify their functionality.

LED installation on a wooden cabinet

(LED installation on a wooden cabinet).


In summary, LED light strips are excellent indoor and outdoor lighting sources. But a smooth removal depends on the wall paint’s curing process, among other factors.

So, that’s a wrap on how to remove LED light strips. But if you still have further questions, get in touch with us.

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