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Technologies | Smart Lighting + IoT | Feb 06, 2018

Fraunhofer IIS IoT-Bus: The Secure Communication Bus - Not Just for Lighting

Fraunhofer IIS IoT-Bus: The Secure Communication Bus - Not Just for Lighting The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS is developing the IoT-Bus with IPv6 support and integrated security concept. It is a communication bus based on EIA/RS-485 and the IEEE 802.15.4 standard, which enables a secure and reliable data transmission of measured values and control commands and connectivity to the Internet of Things. The IoT-Bus forms a cross-media communication protocol and unites the two worlds of WPAN and fieldbuses without complex protocol conversion. The novel technology IoT-Bus is developed as part of the SEEDs project. Read more »

Technologies | Smart Lighting + IoT | Apr 05, 2016

The “Internet of Light” – the Key to the “Internet of Things”

Grafik_IoT_300dpi.jpg The Internet of Things is the next industrial revolution. As a specialist for innovative lighting components and systems, Tridonic is convinced that lighting will play a decisive role in the Internet of Things (IoT). Therefore, Tridonic developed the toolbox net4more which will not only connect luminaires with each other, but deliver an added value that goes far beyond lighting. Where do we stand today? Read more »

Technologies | Smart Lighting + IoT | LiFi | Feb 10, 2016

Apple Experimenting with Ultra Fast Light-Based Li-Fi Wireless Data for Future iPhones

Apple Experimenting with Ultra Fast Light-Based Li-Fi Wireless Data for Future iPhones Recent versions of iOS have been found to contain references to Li-Fi, an experimental high-speed wireless networking protocol that uses pulses of light to transmit data and is being marketed as a long-term replacement for Wi-Fi. Read more »

Technologies | Luminaires | Outdoor Applications | Nov 26, 2015

Gunshot Detection for Lighting Fixtures

GE LED Lighting for Intelligent Cities Cities and their emergency responders will soon have a new way to deploy gunshot detection technology and be able to respond to incidents and react faster to protect their residents. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between GE Lighting and SST, Inc., developer of the ShotSpotter™ crime detection and location suite, lays ground to embedding sophisticated ShotSpotter technology into GE’s intelligent LED street lights. Read more »

Technologies | Electronics | Oct 06, 2015

µModule LED Driver Integrates All Circuitry, Including the Inductor in a Surface Mount Package

Only 9 x 15 x 4.32 mm, the LTM8040 LED driver is a complete system in an LGA package David Ng, Module Development Manager at Linear Technolgies, explaines the features of a compact step down DC/DC module for distributed LED power supplies in a DC grid that offers high efficiency, a wide dimming range, and a current range from 35 mA to 1 A. Read more »

Technologies | Electronics | May 27, 2015

Power Conversion Efficiency - Key for Stand-Alone Solar Powered Lighting in Nordic Regions

A sophisticated driver design and controls system is the most relevant component for a truly efficient power conversion enabling the use of stand-alone solar powered lights in the Nordic regions even in winter time Stand-alone solar powered lighting solutions are made possible even in the Nordic region through a new, ground-breaking Danish project. An ideal collaboration between scientists from 4 different fields and private companies has succeeded in creating a system and a methodology that makes the impossible possible: Outdoor solar lighting which is not just a decoration. Read more »

Technology | May 04, 2015

Configuration Via the Mains: Simple, Reliable and Professional

Figure 1: The ready2mains programmer makes the configuration of the ready2mains drivers an easy task As the heart of any LED luminaire, the LED driver not only has to meet strict requirements in terms of quality and reliability but also be flexible enough to adapt to different conditions. ready2mains – a new technology from Tridonic – helps enormously. The article explains what is needed and how it works. Read more »

Technologies | Engineering | Systems | Mar 21, 2014

Not Just Light Generation - Xicato Calls It "Internet of Lights" or Lighting 2.0

Key properties and features of Lighting 2.0 and the Internet of Lights Xicato, in cooperation with Echelon will demonstrate a new integrated controls approach. What Xicato understnds when saying "Internet of Lights" is already explained shortly on their website. If you are interested in topic like this, don't miss LpR 43. Read more »

Technologies | Electronics | LiFi | Jan 14, 2014

Enhanced Data Transmission for Li-Fi Communications using LED Lighting

Experimental set-up of a Li-Fi receiver Despite continuous improvements in wireless communication technology, e.g. 3G, LTE, 4G etc., a looming crisis is anticipated due to a lack of sufficient radio frequency bandwidth to support the growth in demand for data transmission, in the so called “Spectrum Crunch”. Visible Light Communication (Li-Fi) offers an economical solution. LED lighting is now widely deployed and can, in parallel with its primary function, also be used for wireless communication. Li-Fi demonstrates significant improvements in security, safety and capacity over radio frequency communication, and ease of deployment as compared with fibre-optic cable. The LED link is untethered, enables links with many mobile devices, and is independent of any one host. Improvements to the data rate achievable using LEDs as the transmitter allows services based on Li-Fi concept to outperform other communication modes. Read more »

Technology | Sep 05, 2013

Researchers from Hong Kong Polytechnic University Propose Multi-Level PWM To Improving LED System Efficiency

The award winning high-efficiency technology can be applied in many areas, like LED billboards, and promises up to 15% energy saving LED light bulbs can be brighter and more energy efficient than ever, thanks to a high performance LED driver newly developed by researchers from the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering. Read more »

White Paper | Technology | Aug 28, 2013

PI's New Reference Design, DER-350 for PAR38 LED Spotlight, Promises Excellent Dimming Performance with TRIAC Dimmers

Power Integration DER350 schematic (top) and the populated circuit board photograph (left: Top View; right: Bottom View) Power Integrations, the leader in high-efficiency, high-reliability LED driver ICs, today announced a reference design for a dimmable PAR38 spotlight, developed in collaboration with Cree, Inc., a leading LED lighting company. The new reference design, described in DER-350, uses Power Integrations’ new LYT4317E, a member of the company’s LYTSwitchTM-4 family of single-stage drivers, along with Cree’s MT-G2 EasyWhite® LEDs. Read more »

Technology | Jul 18, 2013

LDS Process Allows for New LED Lighting Product Layouts

A metallic based prototype body equipped with LEDs and the laser activation step of the LPKF-LDS technology process Due to technical progress with LEDs, ever more luminous semiconductors are coming onto the market. However, in order to replace the conventional light bulb, there are still some obstacles to be faced. One of them is now being overcome: MID technology and laser direct structuring are being presented with interesting new concepts at the “International LED professional Symposium.” Read more »

White Paper | Technology | Feb 27, 2013

PI's New LED-Downlight Reference Design Achieves High-Performance Dimming While Further Reducing Component Count

PI's new reference design optionally includes active pre-load, for improved dimming, and thermal fold back circuits Power Integrations, a world leader in high-efficiency, high-reliability LED driver ICs, today announced RDR-347, an LED-downlight reference design. The new circuit demonstrates the capabilities of the recently launched LYTSwitch™ IC family, which offers the industry’s best high-end dimming performance from a single-stage LED driver– together with all the associated efficiency, space and cost benefits that the single-stage approach brings. Read more »

Technology | Jan 10, 2013

Dimming with Warmer, Cozier White Light - NXP Transforms LED Color Quality

“Sensorless sensing” technology enables accurate correction of temperature effects on LED performance, improving light quality while reducing costs When comparing LEDs to incandescent light bulbs, there is a noticeable difference in light quality: LED lamps when dimmed are perceived to be “colder” than incandescents. At CES 2013 this week, NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) is demonstrating a groundbreaking solution that allows LED lamps to closely mimic the traditional incandescent light bulb, to produce a warmer, cozier white light as they are dimmed. Featuring “sensorless sensing” technology, developed and patented by NXP, this solution also has the advantage of driving down LED system costs by eliminating external temperature sensors, reducing the size of the heat sinks required for LED system cooling, and significantly improving reliability. Read more »

White Paper | Technology | Dec 19, 2012

New LED-Lighting Driver Design from Power Integrations Delivers Long Lifetime and High Efficiency

Power Integrations reference design DER-340 is the first choice when a long lifetime is required Power Integrations, the world leader in high-efficiency, high-reliability LED-driver ICs, today announced a new long-lifetime LED-driver reference design. DER-340 describes a wide-range (90 VAC to 308 VAC), high-power-factor LED-driver power supply that is suitable for high-bay, exterior and street-lighting applications. Read more »

White Paper | Technology | Dec 05, 2012

Power Integrations Sets New Standard for Power Density in LED-Driver Reference Design for T8-Tube Replacement

PI's new design delivers small size, high efficiency and long-lifetime for retrofit tube applications  Power Integrations, the leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, today announced two new reference designs describing high-efficiency, non-isolated, high-power-factor (PF) LED drivers for T8 tubes. The designs feature low component count and leverage simple magnetics and single-sided boards yielding industry-leading power densities of 14.2 W/in³. Based on the LNK460KG LED driver from Power Integrations’ LinkSwitch-PL family of ICs, the circuits detailed in DER-337 (high-line) and DER-345 (low-line) use single-stage non-isolated topologies which result in a profile of only 8 mm - small enough to be mounted behind the LEDs in the T8 tube. Read more »

White Paper | Technology | Aug 30, 2012

Power Integrations Unveils A19 LED Driver Reference Design Targeting 100 W Incandescent Bulb Replacements

Schematic and populated circuit board for Power Integrations' reference design for 100W A19 replacement bulbs Power Integrations (Nasdaq:POWI), maker of the most efficient, longest-lasting off-line LED driver ICs, today announced DER-323, a reference design for an 18W, 88%-efficient, non-isolated A19 LED driver based on LNK460VG, a low-profile IC from the company's LinkSwitch™-PL family. The design is suitable for a 100 W incandescent bulb replacement and is optimized for low-line (90 VAC to 135 VAC) operation. The circuit is low-cost, requiring only a simple single-sided board and 25 components. No potting is necessary and the transformer is replaced by a low-cost inductor. Read more »

White Paper | Technology | Feb 07, 2012

Power Integrations - 15.3 W Dimmable LED Driver Design for PAR30/PAR38 Applications

Schematic of PI's DER314 reference design The engineering team at PI just released an isolated, high power factor, TRIAC dimmable, LED driver design for PAR30/PAR38 applications. Design Example Report 314 (DER-314) is designed to drive a nominal LED string voltage of 36 V at 425 mA from an input voltage range of 185 VAC to 265 VAC. Read more »

White Paper | Technology | Dec 01, 2011

New LED Driver Design from Power Integrations Maximizes Efficiency of Compact B10, GU10, E17 and A19 Bulbs

Power Integrations' DER-297 referenz design circuit board photog with American Coin (Dime) for reference Power Integrations, maker of the world's most efficient, longest-lasting off-line LED driver ICs, today published a reference design (DER-297) describing a high-efficiency, ultra-compact driver for a B10-style LED light bulb. Based on Power Integrations' LinkSwitch-PL non-isolated, single-stage LED driver IC, the power supply is specifically tailored for use with high-voltage LEDs such as the recently announced XLamp XM-L and XLamp XT-E ranges from Cree. DER-297 provides the high-voltage output required by the LEDs, optimizing overall system efficiency by reducing power lost due to current flow in the driver inductor and output diode. Read more »

Technology | Jan 31, 2011

A Material to Revolutionize Electronics - Small Transistors, LEDs and Solar Cells

A discovery made at EPFL could play an important role in electronics, allowing us to make transistors that are smaller and more energy efficient. Research carried out in the Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures (LANES) has revealed that molybdenite, or MoS2, is a very effective semiconductor. This mineral, which is abundant in nature, is often used as an element in steel alloys or as an additive in lubricants. But it had not yet been extensively studied for use in electronics A discovery made at EPFL could play an important role in electronics, allowing us to make transistors that are smaller and more energy efficient. Research carried out in the Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures (LANES) has revealed that molybdenite, or MoS2, is a very effective semiconductor. This mineral, which is abundant in nature, is often used as an element in steel alloys or as an additive in lubricants. But it had not yet been extensively studied for use in electronics. Read more »

Technology | Dec 15, 2010

Power Integrations Introduces Reference Design for 5 W LED Lamps with PFC and Flicker-Free TRIAC Dimming

Power Integrations' reference design and schematics for the A19 bulbs using the LNK457DG driver IC. Power Integrations, the leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient solid-state lighting, today announced a new reference design (RDK-251) for a 5-watt offline LED driver that includes flicker-free TRIAC dimming and single-stage power factor correction (PFC). The reference design is based on Power Integrations' LNK457DG, a member of the innovative LinkSwitch-PL family of LED driver ICs optimized for compact, non-isolated installations. Read more »

Technology | Nov 22, 2010

MIT Study: Significant Energy Savings through User-Controlled Efficient Lighting Systems

Visiting student Nan Zhao works in the test setup at the Media Lab under four LED fixtures controlled by the prototype adaptive system (left). The currently used device that incorporates sensors and controls is not much bigger than a credit card (right). Photo courtesy of Matt Aldrich These days, in newer buildings it’s often hard even to find a plain old-fashioned light switch. Often, the only controls are automatic motion-detector switches that turn off lights when people have left a room — or when they sit too still — or else daunting control panels with arrays of sliders and buttons. But some researchers at the MIT Media Lab are aiming to put the controls back in people’s hands, in a way that provides sophisticated and continuous control and could slash lighting bills by more than half. Read more »


Electrical Considerations of LED Bulbs

The full article can be downloaded with an annual subscription to the digital version of LED professional Review (LpR). Details see Read more »

Technology | Feb 15, 2008

Power Integrations' Design Ideas Target Wasteful Incandescent Bulbs and Enable High Efficacy LED Street Lights

Schematic of 14 W LED Driver Power Supply Using a TNY279GN in High Ambient Temperature Applications Power Integrations (NASDAQ:POWI), the leader in high-voltage analog integrated circuits for power conversion, today announced three new Design Ideas at the Strategies In Light Exhibition and Conference, designed to make implementing LED lighting faster, simpler and more efficient. Read more »


Electrical Considerations of LED Bulbs

Figure 8: LED bulb with an isolated driving and feedback circuit. Governments all over the world regulated the future use of the inefficient incandescent lamps. For example, the member states of the European Union agreed to a phasing out of incandescent lamps by 2012. The initial European-wide ban applies the first step to “nondirectional” light bulbs. The first types of bulbs to be banned are frosted (non-clear) bulbs and clear bulbs over 100 W, which will be phased out completely by September 2009. The power limit will be moved down to lower wattages, and the efficiency levels raised by the end of 2012. Read more »


Off-Line LED Control Circuit

Figure 1: Fluorescent dimming ballast block diagram Resonant mode topologies offer many benefits over traditional buck, boost and flyback solutions. These include soft-switching, higher operating frequencies, higher power density and higher efficiency. Electronic ballast designs for fluorescent lighting applications have already been taking advantage of these benefits for many decades. Much can be learned from electronic ballast circuits and applied to LED driver circuits. This article compares the load requirements for fluorescent lamps and LEDs, explains the functionality of a new dimming electronic ballast control IC, and describes a new resonant mode control circuit for LEDs that uses the new IC. Experimental results of the new circuit are also presented and summarized to show final performance. Read more »