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There never seems to be any talk of using a "LED driver" when using LED light strips in automotive applications. From my research it seems that LED strips have no voltage regulation and only a voltage dropping resistor. This mean that the 14.2 typical peek "full alternator charging voltage" could cause some damage to these. Why does no one seem concerned?
Also I seem to read a lot of double talk about "LED drivers". Shouldn't these just be common DC power supplies that supply a constant voltage of 12V with an amperage capacity that meets or exceeds that defined as required by the LED strip?
And thirdly, why is there not much talk then of the amperage required by a string of "sticky tape" LED strips? Is it because the industry only talks in "LED driver speak" rather than "volt and amp speak"?
****** UPDATE AFTER ANSWER 1 BELOW:
I guess what I am asking, and thanks for this detail by the way, regarding the common "roll of LEDs" on a spool that are made and shipped from China that so many people are selling now, regarding these, what I have read is that they use single resistors for each LED in the strip so something to regulate the voltage would be needed. Now a) is this true, that most of them use individual resistors and b) isn't that really just a constant 12V power supply with an amp rating greater than or equal to that required by the sum of the strips and c) doesn't this mean that the 14.2V commonly reached when an alternator is charging an auto battery at full capacity, that the strip is over powered and will burn out more promptly? Thanks again.