A Survey, Classification, and Critical Review of Light-Emitting Diode Drivers

Sinan Li, Siew Chong Tan, Chi Kwan Lee, Eberhard Waffenschmidt, S. Y.Ron Hui, Chi Kong Tse

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Based on a survey on over 1400 commercial LED drivers and a literature review, a range of LED driver topologies are classified according to their applications, power ratings, performance and their energy storage and regulatory requirements. Both passive and active LED drivers are included in the review and their advantages and disadvantages are discussed. This paper also presents an overall view on the technical and cost aspects of the LED technology, which is useful to both researchers and engineers in the lighting industry. Some general guidelines for selecting driver topologies are included to aid design engineers to make appropriate choices.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7070737
Pages (from-to)1503-1516
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016


  • LED drivers
  • Light-emitting diodes
  • lighting control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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