26 Mar

Lights Tips for The Average Joe

What Makes LED Better than Conventional Lighting?

LED lighting or light emitting diodes is by far the most energy-saving and a smart solution when you compare it with those other methods of illumination available in the market today.

It started out by utilizing these diodes via a DC circuit to emit light to extend the battery life that is used for flashlights and other light emitting gadgets like cellphones and etc. Then it began to find its way to vehicular headlights by utilizing a specially designed reflectors to intensify its brightness and length of coverage but still maintaining its efficiency. Today, it is now possible to run LED lighting from an AC supply that offers several advantages. So before they were only considered to be DC devices operating from a few volts of direct current but now has a more robust application that requires the same amount of voltage such as the linear strip lighting systems around the outside of a building that stretches for a hundred meters. There are different considerations that is brought in since DC drives suffer power loss over distance. So then it would require the use of a higher drive voltage once the voltages start to drop and so additional regulators need to be used to maintain the voltage. With alternating current of AC, this is not necessary since it is able to maintain the voltage despite the distances. This has always been the problem with DC power and it is the reason why we don’t use it to transmit power across our streets and cities.

Running LED lighting from an AC supply means producing DC power to operate yo LED lights. And there are several applications for this. In order to provide the required DC voltage, there are many stand alone fixtures that have a transformer between the wall socket and the fixture. LED light bulbs today can be screwed directly into a standard socket and these contain miniature circuits that convert AC to DC before being delivered to the LEDs. The upfront costs of these LED lighting are very expensive. However, there are a lot of people who would argue that despite the high upfront cost you would eventually lower your power bill remarkably.

The Christmas tree light approach was an early for of this type of lighting. Here multiple LEDs are connected in series so that the voltage drop across the whole string equals the supply voltage.

There are however attempts to develop ‘true’ AC-LEDs but right now we have to contend ourselves on this big leap in technology that can be seen as an upgrade from analog to digital. The advantages of LED lighting over conventional lighting are so great that it will not only benefit the user but the planet as well.