Guide to LED lighting

Today, light emitting diodes or LED lighting is the best when it come to energy saving and a smart solution compared to other methods of lighting available in the market today.

Diodes using DC circuits are used in LED lighting and this emits light that extends battery life and are used for flashlights and other light emitting gadgets like cellphones and other devices. 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. There are different considerations that is brought in since DC drives suffer power loss over distance. 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 several options came to do that. 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. In this approach multiple LED lights are connected in series so that voltage drop across the whole siring equal 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. The advantages of LED lighting over conventional lighting are so great that it will not only benefit the user but the planet as well.

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