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.
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 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. This brings a different consideration because a DC drive suffers power loss over distance. 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. 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.
Running LED lighting from an AC supply means producing DC power to operate yo LED lights. Applications or options came to do that – converting AC to DC power to run LED lights. 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. 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. 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.