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.
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 found its way to headlights of vehicles by using a specially designed reflector to intensify the brightness and length of coverage while maintain its efficiency. LED lighting can now be run from an AC supply which is very advantageous. 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. 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. 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 the reason why it is 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 several options came to do that. Today transformers are used to provide the required DC violated for many stand alone fixtures. 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. Despite the high upfront cost you can expect a remarkable decrease in your power bill in the long run.
Another early form is what is called the ‘Christmas tree light’ approach. 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. And the advantages versus conventional lighting are so huge and of major benefit to both the user of this technology as well as our planet.