Getting Down To Basics with Lighting

Advantages of LED Lighting

Light emitting diodes or LED lighting must be the best lighting so far since it saves energy and a very smart solution compared to the other methods of illumination that you can find 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. LED lighting can now be run from an AC supply which is very advantageous. 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. 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. Many stand-alone fixtures simply have a transformer between the wall socket and the fixture to provide the required DC voltage. 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 problem with these types is that its upfront cost are quite costly. Many would argue though that eventually it pays off because your power bill would decrease remarkably.

The Christmas tree light approach was an early for of this type of lighting. In this approach multiple LED lights are connected in series so that voltage drop across the whole siring equal 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. 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.

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