Lighting community outlines challenges for LED industry
Lighting designers are eager to increase their adoption of LED technology, but are looking for device suppliers to remove some of the hurdles, writes Tim Whitaker.
This discontinuity was highlighted at the "LEDs: Meeting the Design and Performance Challenges" conference, which was held in London, UK, in late January 2004.
Although there are many benefits associated with using LEDs for lighting applications, there are also many issues to resolve.
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Speakers and panelists kept returning to the issue of standards.
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One issue raised frequently by lighting designers is the variation in color within batches of white LEDs. The human eye is highly sensitive to differences in hue, and can also perceive differences in intensity as a difference in color.
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Effective heat sinking is a key factor in ensuring stable LED performance over a long lifetime. The LED junction temperature influences the luminous flux of the device, its lifetime, its wavelength and it efficacy.
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