Temperature measurement technique for stabilizing the light output of RGB LED lamps

Xiaohui Qu, Siu Chung Wong, Chi Kong Tse

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The efficiency of light-emitting-diode (LED) lights approaches that of fluorescent lamps. LED light sources find more applications than conventional light bulbs due to their compactness, lower heat dissipation, and real-time color-changing capability. Stabilizing the colors of red-green-blue (RGB) LED lights is a challenging task, which includes color light intensity control using switching-mode power converters, color point maintenance against LED junction temperature change, and limiting LED device temperature to prolong the LED lifetime. In this paper, we present a LED junction temperature measurement technique for a pulsewidth modulation diode forward current controlled RGB LED lighting system. The technique has been automated and can effectively stabilize the color without the need for using expensive feedback systems that involve light sensors. Performance in terms of chromaticity and luminance stability for a temperature-compensated RGB LED system will be presented.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5256196
Pages (from-to)661-670
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010


  • Color maintenance
  • Light-emitting-diode (LED) junction temperature measurement
  • Light-emitting-diode (LED) lighting
  • Red-green-blue (RGB) LED
  • Temperature compensation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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