Heat dissipation, drive power, and light source are the most critical parts of an LED lighting product. Although heat dissipation is particularly important, the heat dissipation effect directly affects the quality of life of the lighting product, but the light source is the core part of the whole product. The life of the driving power source itself and the stability of the output current and voltage also have a great influence on the overall life quality of the product.
The LED driver power supply is also an accessory product. The power quality on the market is currently uneven. Some knowledge about LED driver power is provided below.
LED drive power features
(1) High reliability
Especially like the driving power supply of LED street lamps, it is installed at high altitude, the maintenance is inconvenient, and the maintenance cost is also large.
(2) High efficiency
LEDs are energy-saving products, and the efficiency of driving power supplies is high. It is very important to dissipate heat from the power supply installed in the fixture. The power source has high efficiency, its power consumption is small, and the heat generated in the lamp is small, which reduces the temperature rise of the lamp. It is beneficial to delay the light decay of LEDs.
(3) High power factor
The power factor is the grid's load requirements. Generally, there are no mandatory indicators for electrical appliances below 70 watts. Although the power factor of a single power consumer with low power has little effect on the power grid, the amount of lighting used at night is large, and the similar load is too concentrated, which will cause serious pollution to the power grid. For 30 watts to 40 watts of LED driver power, it is said that in the near future, there may be certain indicators for power factors.
(4) Driving method
There are two types of traffic: one is a constant voltage source for multiple constant current sources, and each constant current source supplies power to each LED separately. In this way, the combination is flexible, and all the LED faults do not affect the work of other LEDs, but the cost will be slightly higher. The other is direct constant current power supply, which is the driving mode adopted by “Zhongke Huibao”. The LEDs operate in series or in parallel. Its advantage is that the cost is lower, but the flexibility is poor, and it is necessary to solve a certain LED failure without affecting the operation of other LEDs. These two forms coexist for a while. Multi-channel constant current output power supply mode will be better in terms of cost and performance. Perhaps it is the mainstream direction in the future.
(5) Surge protection
The ability of LEDs to withstand surges is relatively poor, especially against reverse voltage capability. It is also important to strengthen protection in this area. Some LED lights are installed outdoors, such as LED street lights. Due to the start of the grid load and the induction of lightning strikes, various surges will be invaded from the grid system, and some surges will cause LED damage. The LED driver power supply must have the ability to suppress the intrusion of surges and protect the LED from damage.
(6) Protection function
In addition to the conventional protection function, the power supply preferably increases the LED temperature negative feedback in the constant current output to prevent the LED temperature from being too high; it must meet the requirements of safety regulations and electromagnetic compatibility.