If you own a dog, you undoubtedly know that they can be very curious, very cheeky, and like to chew on things. So you have to be careful about what they have access to in your home.
When it comes to electrical items, such as LED lights, you need to be even more prepared. The last thing you want is for your dog to be injured.
LED strip lights are safe for dogs, with few repercussions. Make sure there are no trailing cables and lookout for signs of distress that can be caused by flickering invisible to the human eye.
Dogs and LED lights aren’t incompatible, so don’t worry about banning these amazing energy-efficient lights from your home.
I’m here with the top tips you’ll need just to make sure your beloved dog feels safe and comfortable. Read on to learn:
- Why LED strip lights are safe
- What impact LED lights can have
- The colors to avoid for calm canine behaviour
Ready to learn how to enjoy LED strip lights safely as a responsible pet-owner?
Are LED Strips Safe For Dogs?
As long as you’re sensible, there’s no reason you can’t add LED strip lights to your home if you’re a dog owner. There are a few things you just need to think about when you’re setting them up.
Firstly, where are you planning on installing them, and is it somewhere that your dog could easily reach?
One of the most popular places to add LED strip lights is the underside of kitchen cabinets, providing a stylish glow on the floor.
But with lights this low, your dog could quite quickly get hold of the LED strip lights and cause some damage.
Equally, the cable that powers these lights may not be completely flush against the wall and is likely to be accessible to at least larger dogs, and potentially smaller breeds, too, depending on how high your outlet is.
If a dog were to chew on an LED light strip or the cable that powered them, it is unlikely that they’d suffer fatal electrocution.
However, they could get a nasty burn on their mouth, and the current can then disrupt other bodily functions. This can cause further complications, including fluid build-ups in the lungs, which can have a survival rate as low as 40%, depending on the severity.
So, you simply have to make sure that your LED strip lights are appropriately secured.
Tuck them away and pin them to the cabinet or wall closely so that there are no loose sections. That way, your dog won’t be able to get hold of them and hurt themselves.
It’s not just about chewing, though. If you use a lot of long strips of LED lights, there’s always a hazard of your dog getting wrapped up in them and choking, particularly if they’re at home while you’re away.
Dogs are energetic and playful and will tug and pull on anything they can find, so again make sure that there are no parts of your LED strip lights where the dog might be able to get a grip and pull it away from the wall or cabinet.
Suppose you follow these simple, common-sense tips to ensure that your LED strip lights are secure. In that case, I am confident you don’t need to worry about whether your home is safe for your dog (or indeed even for children!)
Remember, too, it’s not just whether LED strip lights are safe for dogs – it’s whether dogs are safe for LED strip lights. I know that you wouldn’t want to invest in a beautiful LED set up just for your pet to wreak havoc and destroy it all! So make sure it is all neatly installed.
Can LED Strips Damage Dogs Eyes?
To the human eye, LED bulbs aren’t like the old filament bulbs that could occasionally flicker or give off a harsher light. However, some cheaper LED bulbs do flicker, actually – it’s just so fast that we can’t see it.
Dogs can see it though, and it can make them scared – imagine an artificial light constantly flickering in front of you.
I imagine you would be uncomfortable too. There may even be long-term effects on the quality of your dog’s eyesight.
So how do you get around this?
The best thing is to make sure that you buy high quality LED strip lights. The better the quality of light, the less likely they are to flicker – meaning your dog won’t get distressed.
And to be safe, I recommend that you completely switch off LED strip lights when you leave your home and unplug them entirely if possible.
You might not be able to do this if you have a connected smart home, but otherwise just ensure they are switched off when you aren’t around.
What Colors Of LED Strips Can Affect Dogs Behavior?
Most LED strip lights are fully RGB, which lets you choose the color you want them to show from around 16 million different shades. This can be really useful as it can help to set the mood in your home.
If you’ve got LED strip lights in your kitchen, you can choose a color that complements your theme.
Or, if you’re sensitive to specific shades of white light, you can use a warmer, more yellow-white tone.
Dogs can be sensitive to certain colors too.
Dogs can’t see the same colors that humans can. Studies show that they appear to be able to see different shades of blue and yellow, but greens and reds tend to blend into those or appear as grey.
Brightness is impacted, too, although they can tell the difference between some stronger and lighter colors. If you want your dog to feel energized, then try a brighter yellow, for example.
In reality, you’re most likely going to want to choose colors that have a calming and soothing effect.
For those, I’d recommend a lighter shade of blue, something more like a pastel hue. This is more likely to encourage your pet to remain relaxed.
You might think that white would also be a good color, but not always!
Sometimes bright whites are more stimulating. A more gentle shade of a soft color can instead give your dog a more comfortable environment.
Dogs love to explore and chew on things, and you want to make sure they stay safe, mainly when they are left at home alone.
Make sure your LED strip lights are installed securely and buy high-quality options to avoid flickering that could upset your dog over time, and you won’t have any problems.
Has your dog caused havoc with your home lighting before? Or are you thinking about getting a new puppy, and you want to make sure your home is safe?
I’d love to hear your questions and comments.