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.
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. it then included vehicular headlights by using specially designed reflectors, intensifying its brightness and the length of its coverage while still maintaining its efficiency. LED lighting can now be run from an AC supply which is very advantageous. 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. There are different considerations that is brought in since DC drives suffer power loss over distance. So then it would require the use of a higher drive voltage once the voltages start to drop and so additional regulators need to be used to maintain the 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. And there are several applications for this. Today transformers are used to provide the required DC violated for many stand alone fixtures. LED light bulbs today can be screwed directly into a standard socket and these contain miniature circuits that convert AC to DC before being delivered to the LEDs. The problem with these types is that its upfront cost are quite costly. However, there are a lot of people who would argue that despite the high upfront cost you would eventually lower your power bill remarkably.
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. The advantages of LED lighting over conventional lighting are so great that it will not only benefit the user but the planet as well.