Led Drivers Guide - Lighting Style
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LED Drivers Explained


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LED lighting is becoming increasingly popular across the board for a number of reasons. LED lights are generally safer and more resilient than other lighting fixtures, and also consume less energy and last far longer. So, it's easy to see why they are such a good choice.

In order to work properly, LED lights need a driver. What's a driver, you may well ask? Well, simply put, it's an electrical device that supplies the power needed to run the lights. If you're not completely familiar with these marvels of modern lighting here is a guide to explain all you need to know.

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How Do LED Drivers Work?

An LED driver is able to react to the needs of a lighting product by providing a current to correctly power the lights. The self-contained unit is able to meet the demands of the lights as the electrical properties alter along with the temperature. By converting power into the most appropriate voltage, the drivers will power the lights properly. Without the correct driver, the lights could become too hot or unstable for use.

The main two types of LED drivers are constant current drivers and constant voltage drivers. Both supply power to the LED fixtures, but are attuned differently depending on the kind of lights you plan to use.

Constant Current Drivers

Constant current drivers supply a variable voltage of power depending on the demand. They are usually used when each light requires its own driver and the number of LED lights that need to be powered is known before setting them up. Track lights and downlights are often powered by a constant current driver.

Constant Voltage Drivers

Constant voltage drivers provide a fixed voltage of current and maintain a constant controlled current to LEDs. They are often employed when there needs to be a greater flexibility in the number of LEDs used.

Dimming in LED Drivers

Certain types of LED drivers are able to control dimming features in LED lighting set ups. New electronic drivers are able to implement dimming systems, allowing a reduction of current while maintaining colour and temperature.

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Colour Correction

Sophisticated drivers are also able to manage colour change and sequencing, either by dimming differently coloured LED lights or by working through a specific colour sequencer. A sequencer works by receiving a voltage output and then changing it into a three colour (red, blue and green) palette that be mixed up into any number of different shades.

As we can see, LED drivers are an adaptable, flexible and reliable way to power a collection of LED lights. Whether the LEDs are being used in commercial, industrial or residential spaces, the correct driver offers the full range of LED lighting practicality.