Introducing LEDs

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BASICS

Wikipedia has a very good introduction to LEDs.

What is an LED?
A very basic introduction to how a light-emitting diode works.

Benefits and drawbacks of LEDs
LEDs offer a huge variety of benefits but at the same time they cannot be viewed as the optimum solution for every lighting-related application. Here, in no particular order, we list some of the main advantages of LEDs, together with some of the challenges faced by these devices.

How to make a white LED

TECHNICAL INFO

Terminology: LED efficiency
Explaining terms such as external quantum efficiency, extraction efficiency and wall-plug efficiency.

Radiometric and Photometric terms
Explaining terms and units such as radiant flux, luminous efficacy, lumens and candelas.

APPLICATIONS & MARKETS

An introduction to applications of LEDs
An overview of the LED market
Introduction to Solid-State Illumination
LEDs in Mobile Appliances
LEDs in Vehicles
Signs & Displays

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