LED DESIGN FORUM: Flexible drivers enable dynamic color-changing lighting projects (MAGAZINE)
The use of intelligent and flexible drivers allows OEMs to respond quickly to special project requirements, says GORDON ROUTLEDGE.
Color-changing lighting using LEDs has been around now for over 10 years, and is now, probably, the dominant lighting technology in architectural and entertainment dynamic lighting applications. LED technology has continued to evolve, often with the addition of a 4th control channel—white or amber—to expand the color gamut. Moreover, multi-chip LEDs have improved the color-mixing cabilities of lighting fixtures.
Over the same period, the range of options to drive the LEDs has also expanded dramatically. However, many of these sophisticated solutions are chip-based and require extensive electronics expertise and investment to arrive at a final drive solution. This may be fine for entertainment companies with in-house electronics capabilities, but, in the architectural and general lighting segments, dynamic color-change projects are often project-specific and have to be supplied on short delivery times.
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