LED lights offer excellent lighting that is low in heat output, safe, and able to be used with various power supplies.
To maximise lifespan and efficiency, LED driver devices should be used to regulate power flow to LED lighting. The useful device converts AC power to perform correctly with DC voltage, and protects from major voltage fluctuations. Place the LED driver into your power junction box to provide support for light fixtures, circuits, and systems.
LED Drivers, also commonly known as LED transformers or power supply transformers, are used to regulate the levels of electricity flowing through an LED device to achieve the optimum life span for it. Most LED?s are a low-voltage light source. LEDs can be used individually or in an array. When used in an array, the voltage becomes higher.
LEDs are prone to fluctuation which can cause a disproportionate change in current flow and brightness. This can make the output degrade faster than intended and therefore provide a shorter life span for the LED or bulb. An LED driver can regulate the flow of current in LED devices, therefore keeping them at a steady rate and allowing them to maintain their most sufficient life span.
LED drivers are suitable for use with fluorescent lights, MR16 and MR11 bulbs and LED lights. The drivers can be used with bulbs of 6W, 12W, 18W, 30W, 50W and have an input voltage of between 220v and 240v, 50-60Hz. The output voltage can range between 10v, 12v and 24v of direct current. When used with the right bulbs, the average life expectancy is around 30,000 hours per LED ? this is around 2.5x than the natural life expectancy.
The LED driver converts the power into the right voltage and therefore regulates the flow. The size voltage of the LED driver is dependent on the device that it is intended to regulate. Many LED drivers are universal and can function with most LEDs, however others are more specifically designed and are only compatible with certain devices. Care must be taken when purchasing to ensure that the right LED driver is purchased for the right device, in order for it to be effective.
Some LED drivers can also control the dimming or colour changing of lights. Drivers with dimming capabilities can usually allow a dimming of between 0 ? 100%. When dimmed, the same voltage is used but the temperature of the light source fluctuates, this means that when dimmed, the source can potentially equate a much longer life span.
It is important not to overload drivers with more than the advised amount of devices of voltages. If ignored, the device may become less effective or ineffective completely. It may also affect the devices that it is designed to be aiding, by preventing a sufficient amount of light from reaching the last device on the circuit.
Most LED drivers are designed for use indoors. If used for outdoor lighting, it is advised they are house within a weatherproof enclosure to prevent damage or malfunction of both the driver and the power source that it is connected to. They are not designed to be used in extremely low temperatures.
Though only small, it is also advised that due to heat emitted from the device that is mounted onto something metal or given a good form of ventilation to prevent It damaging any other nearby appliances.