Category Archives: Power Supplies

Understanding constant voltage power sources and how to select the right one!

Authorized Mean Well Power Supply Distributor

LEDSupply became an authorized Mean Well distributor in the Summer of 2016. Our Sales and TechMean Well Customer Review Support teams have gone through numerous training sessions, preparing to aid customers in using Mean Well power solutions for future LED lighting projects. We have access to everything in Mean Well’s large power supply catalog. This means a much larger driver and power supply selection with faster lead times. With LEDSupply’s best shipping rates and same day shipping it is easier than ever to find a quality power solution for your LEDs and get it fast. Continue reading

How to Dim Your LEDs: Top 3 Solutions for Smooth LED Control

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

Mean Well HLG: Efficient and Reliable LED Driver

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

Dimming LED Strip Lights with the Mean Well PWM

‘How do you dim LED Strips?’

This is a common question we receive multiple times a day. Simple 12V LED systems (like the flex strips) can be dimmed, but it requires the right power supply and setup. Through the years there have been two options for dimming LED strips:PWM dimmer in series with LED Strip Lights

  1. Using a PWM dimmer in-series with the LED Strips.
  2. Buying a pricey AC dimmable power supply.

Both options are adequate in providing quality dimming, but still might not be right for everyone. Using a PWM dimmer in-series typically works better from a remote dimmer. Using a PWM wall dimmer requires excessive wiring and limits the load that can be handled. AC dimmable power supplies are great if there is already a common residential dimming setup within the home, otherwise this route can be very expensive.

Mean Well developed a unique AC to DC switching power supply that transmits a PWM style constant voltage output. This is a way to beat the system as the PWM output can be controlled by non-PWM dimmers like our affordable 0-10V dimming control. Let’s see how this power supply works to dim LED strip lights in a way otherwise not possible. Continue reading

Hard Wired LED Power Sources from Mean Well

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

How To Choose an LED Power Supply

Whether you are building your own LED fixture, fixing and retrofitting existing fixtures, or purchasing new LED lights, you will need to find the correct power source for your LEDs. You will either need a constant current LED driver or a constant voltage power supply (or a combination of both) in order to make your LEDs work properly. There are many different factors to consider when choosing a power supply for LED lighting. This post will go through those many factors and help you select the right power supply for your LEDs! Continue reading

How to Choose a Mean Well Power Supply: LED Driver and Power Supply Guide

Mean Well Company LogoWhen 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!

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