What Makes LED Better than Conventional 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.
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 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. There are many advantages to using LED lighting which can now be run from an AC supply. 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. This brings a different consideration because a DC drive suffers 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. 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.
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. 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. The problem with these types is that its upfront cost are quite costly. Despite the high upfront cost you can expect a remarkable decrease in your power bill in the long run.
The early for of LED lights 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. The advantages of LED lighting over conventional lighting are so great that it will not only benefit the user but the planet as well.