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Advantages of 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.

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 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. These used to be DC devices operating from a few volts of direct current but can now be used for more robust applications that require the same amount of voltage like those linear strip lighting systems around the outside of a building that stretches for a hundred meters. Since DC drives suffer power loss over distance it then brings a different consideration. This means that it would now require the use of higher drive voltage from its starting point then once the voltages starts to drop, you will then have to use additional regulators to maintain that 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. And there are a number of companies that provide LED light bulbs that screw directly into standard sockets, but these invariably also contain miniaturized circuitry that converts AC to DC before delivering it 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.

The early for of LED lights is what is called the Christmas tree light approach. Here multiple LEDs are connected in series so that the voltage drop across the whole string equals the supply voltage.

There are now attempts at developing true AC LEDs but this will be a 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.