On the driving techniques for high-brightness LEDS

Ka Hong Loo, Wai Keung Lun, Siew Chong Tan, Y. M. Lai, Chi Kong Tse

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High-brightness light-emitting diodes (HBLEDs) are conventionally driven in the amplitude mode (AM) or pulse-width-modulation (PWM) mode. High luminous efficacy is obtained with AM, but precise dimming is difficult to achieve and such AM-driven LEDs suffer from significant color variations. PWM offers excellent dimming capability and color stability but the LEDs acquire lower luminous efficacies compared to AM. The advantageous features of both conventional methods can be united in a single generalized methodology as proposed in this paper. It utilizes pulsating current while enables simultaneous adjustments of the current levels and duty cycle for achieving a predetermined luminous efficacy and dimming range of interest to the users. The dimming dynamics using the proposed method is investigated through a detailed parametric study by experiments and numerical calculations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2009
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 29 Dec 2009
Event2009 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2009 - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 20 Sept 200924 Sept 2009


Conference2009 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


  • Amplitude mode
  • Bi-level driving
  • Direct current
  • High-brightness LEDs
  • Light-emitting diode
  • Lighting system
  • Luminous efficacy
  • Pulse-width-modulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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