What Makes LED Better than Conventional 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 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. 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. With alternating current of AC, this is not necessary since it is able to maintain the voltage despite the distances. DC power has always had this problems and the reason why they are not being used to transmit power across our streets and cities.
In order to operate your LED lights today, you run your LED lighting from an AC supply which is converted to DC power. 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. 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.
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 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.