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Implementation of bi-level current driving technique for improved efficacy of high-power LEDs

By: Siew-Chong Tan; Loo, K.H.; Wai-Keung Lun; Tse, C.K.; Lai, Y.M.;

2009 / IEEE / 978-1-4244-2893-9

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This item was taken from the IEEE Conference ' Implementation of bi-level current driving technique for improved efficacy of high-power LEDs ' Presently, amplitude mode (DC mode) and pulsewidth modulation (PWM) represent the two main driving techniques used in LED drivers. The dimming function with PWM driving technique is attractive although lower luminous efficacy and stresses on the LEDs due to pulsating power are the disadvantages in comparison to amplitude mode. This paper introduces a current driving technique to improve the luminous efficacy over the conventional PWM technique while maintaining the dimming capability. This is achieved by introducing a DC-offset into the conventional PWM current waveform. It is found that the luminous efficacy increases with increasing DC-offset while the stresses due to pulsating power are reduced. Implementation and verification of the proposed driving technique using a prototype driver are presented.