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Power Integrations introduces driver reference designs for CREE LED bulbs

article image Power Integrations introduces driver reference designs for CREE LED bulbs

Power Integrations, a leading provider of high-efficiency LED driver ICs, has announced four reference designs describing drivers for dimmable PAR 30 and PAR 38 LED light bulbs.

Jointly developed by Power Integrations and CREE, the designs showcase the combination of Power Integrations’ LYTSwitch-4 driver ICs and CREE MT-G2 EasyWhite LEDs.

While DER-364 and DER-365 detail low- and high-line PAR 30 LED bulb drivers respectively, DER-350 and DER-396 address low- and high-line PAR 38 bulbs.

LYTSwitch-4 ICs are highly efficient and deliver accurate output current regulation in bulb and tube replacement applications and high-bay lighting. The devices simplify design and reduce cost while ensuring that lamps deliver uniform light output and provide exceptional performance in TRIAC-dimmable applications.

LYTSwitch-4 ICs combine PFC and constant current in a single-stage topology, resulting in power factor greater than 0.95 and typical efficiencies of better than 90%. The single-stage approach also eliminates temperature-sensitive electrolytic bulk capacitors, greatly increasing the bulbs’ reliability and lifetime. LYTSwitch-4 ICs also operate at a high switching frequency (132-kHz), enabling smaller, lower-cost magnetics to be used, while frequency jittering reduces the need for EMI filtering. These factors combine to deliver LED driver designs that fit easily into space-restricted bulbs.

Designs based on the new LED drivers easily meet EN61000-3-2C regulations for total harmonic distortion (THD), and can achieve less than 10% THD.

Key benefits of LYTSwitch-4 ICs also include regulation better than +/- 5% across load and production spread, reducing the need for over-design to meet minimum luminance targets and cutting system cost; excellent dimming performance down to low conduction angles with leading-edge or trailing-edge TRIAC dimmers; and fast start-up, typically less than 500 milliseconds even when dimmed to less than 10% light output.

Andrew Smith, senior product marketing manager for Power Integrations comments they have worked closely together with CREE to deliver real-world LED lighting systems that live up to their potential, delivering reduced power consumption and increased lifetime. These reference designs enable designers to realise cost-effective, long-lasting LED bulbs simply and quickly.

The four reference designs, DER-364, DER-365, DER-350 and DER-396 are all downloadable on the Power Integrations website.

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