Mean Well LED drivers offer dimming features to fit the demand for modern lighting control. Mean Well has developed a wide line of LED drivers with advanced dimming features for LED lighting. Many models like the HLG, NPF and LPF are built with Mean Well’s 3-in-1 dimming feature. This ‘3-in-1 dimming’ allows for the user to dim LEDs with three different forms of signal: Passive Resistance, 1-10VDC (0-10V) and Pulse Width Modulation (PWM). This dimming feature enhances flexibility to make the end-application design much simpler. Continue reading
LEDs started small (in size) and keep getting smaller! This ‘miniaturization’ of the semiconductor market is allowing lighting manufacturers to reduce the size of their products. To aid that effort, LUXdrive, a division of LEDdynamics, Inc., has developed a new product, to add to their line of constant current low voltage LED drivers, called the MiniPuck.
LUXdrive is well known for building low voltage DC/DC LED drivers. They make the BuckBlock, FlexBlock, PowerPuck, BuckToot, MicroPuck, BuckBullet and BuckPuck. These drivers are all small, but not as small as the MiniPuck. The new MiniPuck is the perfect Continue reading
The Mean Well HLG and HLG-C series are the flagship line of constant current and constant voltage LED power solutions from Mean Well. They take AC line voltage from 90~305VAC and convert it to constant current or constant voltage for your LEDs. Offered in models from 40-600 Watts this is one of the largest power supplies we offer and is worth considering for your LED application.
LED lighting systems are like any other working system out there, they are only as good as their internal, working parts. Much like having a bad engine in a car, a bad LED driver will ruin the whole system and have your investment failing before you even began to enjoy the benefits. The Mean Well HLG/HLG-C lines are packed with features, adding flexibility to LED lighting for a wide range of applications. Not only this but they pack it all in with a 7-year warranty. This premium power supply series is growing in popularity and have been used widely in LED grow applications and all kinds of outdoor lighting. Follow through this guide as we see what makes these ideal for driving power to your LEDs. Continue reading
As LED lighting continues to improve and grow in popularity, more and more manufacturers are utilizing them in larger scale products such as household appliances and cars. Unfortunately, many manufacturers take shortcuts when designing these parts, using poorly designed and built electronic components. Not only do these failed parts damage the reputation of LED lighting but they also create short term problems for the owners as they now must deal with partially broken products that could be expensive to fix.
One of these types of issues has been identified in BMW models (2011-Present). The second generation BMW X3 F25 (years 2011-2017), like many other BMW models, added new style features to the high end mid-size SUV. One of these added features was LED lighting within the tail light assembly. Unfortunately, the BMW X3 LED tail lights have become notorious in failing as early as 60,000 miles after purchase. This issue has left many faithful BMW owners frustrated and looking for a solution. Continue reading
When installing LED lighting in or around the home, there will always be a need to switch the available AC line voltage down to a safe direct current (DC) power for the lights. One way of doing this is to hardwire in an AC to DC converter. These switching power sources can be grouped into two main categories: constant current LED drivers and constant voltage power supplies. Learn more about the difference between these two options and discover which type of power your LEDs need here. When LEDSupply became an authorized Mean Well distributor our LED driver and power supply catalog grew significantly. As one of the industry leaders in LED transformers, Mean Well has many options to choose from, whatever your LED application may be. Continue reading
When looking for a Mean Well power supply for LED lighting it is easy to get lost in the many different options available. First, it is a good idea to know the specific needs of your project. Often, power supplies are wrongly chosen for an LED project which leads to failure. In order to cut out any issues use the quick checklist below when looking for an LED power Supply.
What to consider before selecting a power supply:
- How will I connect my power supply?
- A simple outlet plug or directly wiring into AC lines?
- Will the power supply fit in the desired space?
- Make sure to check the size of the unit to make sure you have room for it.
- Can I use a power supply outdoors or in a damp area?
- Luckily there are many Waterproof power supplies and drivers, just look for the IP65 rating!
- Do I want to be able to dim my LED lights?
- If dimming is needed, make sure to choose a power source that has dimming capabilities.
- Lastly, does my application require any other functions?
- Examples: PFC, Over voltage protection, Over temperature protection, UL recognized, etc.
If you are unfamiliar with how LED power supplies operate and their specifications, the best place to start is at our first post in this series – LED Power Supplies 101.
When looking for both an LED driver and power supply brand to trust, look no further than Mean Well. With a failure rate at less than .02% in 2016, Mean Well has continued to make some of the most reliable power supplies in the world. After completing the checklist above and knowing what you are looking for, check out the options below!
Every LED lighting set up will come down to finding a power source adequate for your set up. The planning and research process is a bit more difficult with LED lighting as you first need to decide whether your LEDs need a constant current or constant voltage source. We are constantly adding to our LED drivers line which drive constant current to high power LEDs, but noticed we were lacking in constant voltage power supplies. We have many wall mount and desktop power supplies that plug into a standard outlet, but few that could be hardwired for LED strips and such that need a 12VDC source. In an attempt to expand our LED strip power supply line and make setting up projects easier for our customers we have brought Magnitude constant voltage power supplies into our power supply family. These power sources work Continue reading
Some sort of outdoor, landscape lighting is needed in many residential and commercial areas. Whether it just be small security lights, pathway markers, or just added accent lighting around the grounds, they run on a certain system and if you plan on switching to LEDs you will need to be aware of this. Most outdoor lighting systems run off of a low voltage AC transformer, usually 12VAC. These 12VAC transformers are already in place in the majority of houses and businesses as incandescent bulbs could take AC power and it had advantages over going straight from the main line (120VAC). When switching to LEDs this can be a problem as LEDs need direct current, and most LED drivers are made for low DC voltage or high AC line voltage. Here at LEDSupply, however, we have the perfect driver option for landscape and outdoor lighting systems that utilize a low voltage AC transformer. Continue reading
LEDs are low-voltage light sources that need either a constant DC voltage or current to operate correctly. Operating on DC power has advantages as it enables LEDs to easily work with many different power supplies/batteries, it permits longer stand-by power, and increases safety. A single high power LED like the emitters we offer on 20mm star boards require about 2-4VDC and at least 350mA of current.
If you’re using a battery, you don’t have much to worry about as batteries give off DC power. For a constant voltage LED you could simply hook the battery to the LED and for LEDs needing constant current you could just put a low voltage constant current driver in between the battery and the diodes. It is when you start setting up larger systems running from line voltage, typically between 110 and 120VAC, that you will need more components to bring down the AC voltage to DC and protect the LEDs from line-voltage fluctuation. Continue reading
LEDSupply is proud to announce that we have recently become an approved dealer of Phihong products. What does this mean for you? It means you will soon have access to Phihong constant current LED drivers and 12V switching power supplies. We are confident this will help with many lighting applications as selling Phihong’s line greatly expands our options for off-line (AC input) LED drivers.
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Phihong is a global leader in power solutions. They have a full product line of their own but also are an OEM company that deals with many large fixture manufacturers to build custom drivers specific to their needs. They truly are all over the globe with design labs, manufacturing facilities and sales support centers in California, New York, the Netherlands, China, Japan and Taiwan. Having a long history in developing helpful power solutions for lighting, they have built a reputation on delivering excellent quality goods and services. With the growth of LED lighting, they have developed many different series of power supply adapters and drivers for LED applications both indoor and outdoor. Continue reading