After finding the right LED lights for your application, choosing the right transformer is difficult without any electrical knowledge. One may not know the input and output voltage of the lights and connecting the lights would be a challenge. Having the right type of LED transformer or driver is essential to getting the maximum return on investment for your LED lighting system. This blog can help ease the selection of the power supply based on your desired commercial and domestic led lights.
Factors like the voltage, wattage, dimmable, etc should not be neglected for getting the maximum returns on your selected LED lights. The main function of a power supply is to provide an accurate amount of electrical current to the electronics so that they don’t overheat or fail prematurely. Be it any kind of electronic appliances like cell phones, laptops, or LED lights. you’ll need something to take the 120 volts of alternating current (AC) from your wall outlet and convert it into a lower voltage of direct current (DC) that your LED light (or any other electronics) requires to run.
While selecting the power supply, one needs to check the voltage of the led lights as well. The output voltage of the power supply should be similar to the voltage of the lights. For example, If you have an LED strip with 12-volt DC operation that you wish to use in a 120-volt AC home wiring system, you’ll need a power supply that includes 120 volts in its input range and has 12-volt DC output.
Secondly, Checking the power consumption of the LED light is important. The power consumption is measured in wattage and if you have more than one light, you may want to multiply the number of lights with the wattage of each light to get the total power your lights are consuming. For example if you have 3 cabinet lights of 3 watts each, then the total power consumption of all 3 lights is 9 watts. you may want to select the power supply which can handle more than 9 watts or if you have an LED strip light that requires 80 watts of power to run, you’ll need a power supply that’s rated for at least 96 watts. It is recommended to run an LED light on a power supply rated higher than the amount needed. It allows the power supply to run cooler and more efficiently. If you run your power supply over its capacity, this will cause the power supply to overheat. And when any electronic components are overworked, they overheat and can shut off or fail prematurely. Moreover, the extra wattage of the power supply will not be used and further you can add more LED lighting to your project in the future, and having more power will come in handy.
Lastly, you may want to look at the dimmable option. If the lights are dimmable, you may want to select a dimmable power supply for adjusting the brightness of your LED through the main AC switch. if you’re still not sure which power supply to use for your LED constant voltage lighting project, just reach out to our technical support team or customer service department at 1(888) 672-2627. Our teams are available from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday- Friday. and 8.30 a.m to 2.00 p.m on Saturday.
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