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5 things you must know before you dim LED strip lighting

By |2018-11-05T11:18:53+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Editorial|

The adoption of LED strip lighting for new installations is rising fast and there is an opportunity for further growth if the user experience can be optimised. LED strip lighting has captured the imagination of consumers, offering energy saving benefits whilecontrolling the mood or accent of any space. Consumers are looking to increase the performance [...]

What the symbols on your electrical products mean

By |2018-01-23T10:42:47+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Editorial|

On the back side of most gadgets, there's a string of hieroglyphs that look like the bottom line of an engineer’s eye chart. But this mishmash of electrical symbols and letters is essential to international trade, product performance and safety. All electrical switches including dimmers must have the following mandatory electrical symbols to comply with [...]

Dimensioning a UPS/Inverter for LED crest factor

By |2017-07-11T17:24:45+00:00July 11th, 2017|Categories: Editorial|

UPS and inverter backup units can be classified into two main categories, true sine wave and “quasi” or “simulated” sine output and are usually specified by their VA and Watt rating. Oscillogram 1 shows the voltage (red) and load current (yellow) of typical 600VA “quasi-sine” UPS with 10x Verbatim 8.5W GU10 LED’s (#52310) without a [...]

The Real Benefit of dimming LED’s

By |2017-07-11T16:12:03+00:00July 11th, 2017|Categories: Editorial|

Most modern homes, boardrooms and even offices nowadays consider the ability to dim lights and even groups of lights within the same room to be a necessity. This is mainly for the aesthetic value that dimming adds to the living or working environment. Justifiably, during earlier times when the National Grid was not under pressure, [...]

The Ups and Downs of dimming LED’s

By |2017-07-11T15:36:40+00:00July 11th, 2017|Categories: Editorial|

LED lighting is a new technology that gained market acceptance in a very short period of time,  probably only paralleled by the mobile computing industry.  Initial teething problems can thus be expected with such rapidly evolving technology. However, unlike the tablet and smartphone industry where a simple software update usually addresses most of the problems, [...]

EMI (electro-magnetic interference) – a legal and insurance requirement

By |2017-07-11T14:01:47+00:00June 3rd, 2015|Categories: Editorial|

It is rather ironic that in a modern world where we are concerned about greenhouse gases, smoking, genetically modified foods and nutrition, the consumer often spends good money unwittingly exposing themselves to possible sources of high EMI. This is especially in the case of modern solid-state lighting such as LED lamps and even more so [...]

Can dimmers and electronic lamps (such as LED’s and CFL’s) damage each other?

By |2017-07-11T17:20:35+00:00June 3rd, 2015|Categories: Editorial|

Any electronic device can fail.  If a stand-alone product is designed correctly, failures are mostly due to operating it outside of specifications, mains related induced failures such as lightning strikes, a grey component failing, end of life failures, etc. and it's normally fairly easy to establish the cause of the failure.  However, in the case [...]

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