LED lights offer many benefits. They are economical, efficient, don’t flicker, and there’s no delay when switching on. Light output is easily varied using a LED dimming driver. While not initially the cheapest option, the long-life expectancy and low energy consumption means LED lights are more economicalÊin the long run.
LED lamps need a special low voltage LED driver. This means dimming techniques are different than other lamps, so it’s important to choose the right dimmer type. LEDs are designed to replace conventional household bulbs and have a driver built into the lamp base. But recessed LED ceiling lights, utilizing MR type bulbs and several other fixtures, use a separate LED driver.
Using LEDs to Create the Right Mood
You can use LEDs to control the atmosphere in your home or business. If you want a cheerful mood, you will probably want bright white light. If want to relax, subdued lighting is better. This is why it’s always best to use a choose a LED dimming driver. Another way to do this is to mix LED light sources using soft warm lights in some fittings and bright lamps in others. Use dimmers to adjust light intensity and color to suit every occasion.
Always Choose Top Quality LED Dimming Drivers
When selecting LED lamps and drivers, don’t give in to the temptation to save money by buying the cheapest. ÊHere are things to look for when carefully choosingÊyour LEDs and LED dimming drivers:
- Lifetime rating: Check the lifetime rating of both the lamp and the dimmer. You want ones that are guaranteed for 50,000 hours. This is equivalent to nearly six years of continuous use.
- Distortion: Select drivers with a total harmonic distortion (THD) of less than 20 percent. These create less interference and are better for LEDs.
- Efficiency: Look for high-efficiency LED drivers that save on energy.
- Water resistance: If you’re buying a driver for an outside light, make sure it has IP64 water resistance rating.
- Power: Ensure the output power of the LED driver is the same as, or greater than, the input power of the LED lamps.
- Dimming range: Some dimmers work down to 10 percent, while others go down to zero. If you want your lights to go out completely, choose a LED dimming driver that goes down to less than 1 percent.
Dimming Control Systems
You must have a dimming control system that’s compatible with your LED dimming driver. Your supplier can provide the right information. Variations include:
- Triac control: Although triacs are used to dim incandescent lamps, some LED dimmer drivers are compatible. Triacs reduce the voltage to the driver.
- ELV: An electronic low voltage (ELV) dimmer is designed to work with electronic LED drivers. Never use MLV dimmers designed for transformers.
- 0-10 volts: 0-10 volt DC signal reduces the LED dimming driver output. One controller can control a whole bank of lights and unwanted electrical interference is reduced.
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth control works in a similar manner and allows you to use a smartphone to dim the lights. How cool is that?
Choosing the Best LED Driver for Reliable Operation
When installing LED light fittings, choose a LED dimming driver so you can control lighting to suit your mood. Always specify high-quality drivers to be sure your lights work properly and achieve their lifetime rating. This is why it makes sense to specify ERP Power LED drivers, which are designed in the U.S. to the highest standards. ERP Power manufactures a complete range of LED drivers that are compatible with all manufacturers.