The Art of Mastering Lighting

Guide to LED 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.

In LED lighting, diodes are used using DC circuits to emit light that extends battery life that is used for flashlights and other light emitting gadgets like cellphones, and other. 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 what once are usually considered to be for DC devices operating from a few volts (of direct current) can now be used for a more robust application that requires the same amount of voltage – like those linear strip-lightning systems around the outside of a building stretching for one hundred meters. Since DC drives suffer power loss over distance it then brings a different consideration. And in order to maintain the voltage there is now a need to use a higher drive voltage when the voltages start to drop and so additional regulators are needed. Something you do not need to do with an AC or the character of an ‘Alternating Current’ since it can maintain the voltage despite the distance. DC power has always had this problems and the reason why they are not being used to transmit power across our streets and cities.

Today running LED lighting from an AC supply means converting your AC supply to produce DC power to operate your 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. Today, there are companies that provide LED light bulbs that screw directly into standard sockets, but they contain miniature circuits that convert AC to DC before it is delivered to the LEDs. These types of LED lighting are very expensive upfront. Many would argue though that eventually it pays off because your power bill would decrease remarkably.

Another early form is what is called the ‘Christmas tree light’ approach. This approach uses multiple LEDs in series so that the voltage drop across the whole string equals the supply voltage.

Attempts at developing true AC LED are beginning but today we still have to wait for this big technological leap that is seen as an upgrade from analog to digital. This type of lighting have many advantages over conventional lighting and these benefits are so huge and will benefit both the user of technology and out planet.