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Lighting, Lumen, footcandle

lux = fc * 10.76 and the two are use interchangeable. If that's the case in the example 4, if we convert the 40fc into lux and plug it into the equation, we do not get the same result. It is obvious ...
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Why do LED headlamp bulbs need active cooling?

I decided to install LED headlamp bulbs in my car in the hope that I can avoid replacing bulbs every year. I was quite surprised to find that I can't fit replacement bulbs in my car due to the bulbs ...
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60VAC measured when light switch is off

I'm replacing a fluorescent ceiling light with an LED fixture. I removed the entire chassis, ballast, etc, and now I'm just left with the hot/neutral cabling (no ground wire available). I wanted to ...
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Cheap chinese rice lights [closed]

I was shocked to see how cheap the chinese rice lights are! They even come with a controller attached with them, which allows you to change the lighting pattern. I wanted to know what could they have ...
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Can I keep half of an addressable led strip on?

If I bought some WS2811B led strips (300). if I ran them across a room is it possible to make the first 150 LEDs or so stay on, and the last 150 off?
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What is the off-white powdery material found at the base of GU5.3 light bulbs?

I've noticed most GU5.3 light bulbs, both halogen and LED, contain a granular material at the base. There seems to be considerable variation in how much of this powder is present, even within the ...
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Is there a physical (electronics) difference between Hue White and Color and Hue White Ambiance bulbs?

I'm curious if anyone knows if there's a physical difference between a Philips Hue White and Color bulb, which allows the user to set a complete range of RGB colors including white light color ...
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Directly wire inverter to switches/lights/etc [closed]

I have a 12V deep cycle marine battery that is charged by a 20W solar panel. This works well. However I would like to use the battery to run two 120V 170mA 15W LED lights in a shed. So as I understand ...
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LED light bulb in series or parallel?

I have been exploring how LED light bulbs work and the circuit inside of them. One particular question I have is how the lights are actually arranged? LIFX, for example, has 4 different types of LEDs;...
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Edge-lit LED panel best materials? [closed]

I'm trying to replicate the effect of this LED panel I found at Home Depot with a different set of LEDs and use a differently sized panel. It's basically just a diffused light that mimics a window or ...
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Travel Photography 3.5V 3,6-4,8A LED Lamp powered by power bank

I travel a lot for my work as a photographer. For this I'm building a custom full spectrum lamp. I have no issue running my build with a normal adjustable power supply from my studio. To be able to ...
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HDMI/USB Powered Lighting

Alright so a little vague title but here it goes. I'm interested in powering some 5v LED strips with an HDMI cable. I have no idea if this is even possible, I'm lacking knowledge in electronics. My ...
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Lighting socket for LED only?

There is this socket for a light bulb, and it says LED only. Why is it like that? Is it just for power limitation (not to exceed power,) because LEDs take less power, or is there another reason?
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Uneven LED Lighting Wired in Series

I’m struggling with six 11.5-watt LED cans wired in series. With a 75-watt incandescent at the end, the other five seem to function properly, though the incandescent is dull. With an LED in its place, ...
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Soft Touch Lamp Turning on by Itself [closed]

This has been driving me crazy for several years now -- my soft touch lamp has been turning itself on most mornings. Some details: It is definitely tied to sunrise/dawn, as the time each day varies ...
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Why is one lightbulb in a string illuminated? [closed]

I noticed that in various strings of lights only one was illuminated. It seems implausible that all but one out of several hundred blew. What caused this and why did this particular light turn on?
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Powering same LED strip from 2 drivers - diode?

So I'm looking at adding some LED mood lighting to our bedroom. End game is to have a single LED strip controlled by 2 different switches Currently, I have 2 switched 240V AC outlets, one either side ...
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LED selection for my application

I need to select LED/LEDs for a light source in my project. The requirement is that the light source should approximately be able to project light beam of 1.5m diameter on a surface, from a distance ...
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Off grid LED solar lighting without batteries

I have 2 COB LEDs (12-14V DC, 50W, I think with 3,75 A in data sheet). I need to run them with a solar panel, it should only run when there is sunlight no batteries needed. Using a 270W panel (open ...
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Trouble getting AL8861 LED Driver to illuminate LEDs

I am trying to get a AL8861 LED driver hooked up. Right now I've connected it to a single LED (this one) to test (see circuit below). I eventually intend to connect it to a DAC5578 Digital to Analog ...
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LED Light changes color on being turned on/off simultaneously

What type of circuitry/driver is present in the lights that change color on being turned on/off ? I have a LED tube light which cycles through 3 modes (i.e. color 1, color 2, both color). Its circuit ...
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Two lights, two switches… one problem!

I'm looking to set up an AC 240-volt lighting circuit consisting of two lights (let's call them L1 and L2), a standard switch (SW1) and a PIR. The goal is to have SW1 turn on only L1, but if the PIR ...
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0-10v Lighting Control Test Rig for Lighting Control Systems - How to source 10vdc at 2mA?

If this has been asked previously, I have not yet found it. I've never posted here, so please accept my apologies in advance if this post isn't appropriately written. I'm building a test rig for ...
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How to calculate the Short Circuit current of a small DC circuit?

I need to do a short circuit test for my DALI slave device. I have observed a maximum load of 140W at 210V-rms (Load current = 650 mA , PF = 0.975). I have to do a short circuit at the load side and I ...
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Why a CFL lights up when I touch it?

When there is a very low voltage (AC), even for a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), it glows very dim (orangish in color) at the beginning of the glass but when I hold the glass just for a second, it ...
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Bare LED light flickering on constant voltage pover supply

I have this LED light which started blinking under some use. So, I desoldered the SMD LED component and hooked it up to a variable power supply. When I apply 6V, the LED starts to emit a little bit of ...
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Magnetic ballast with g23 bulb with capacitor

I am trying to make a UV-b photo-therapy light and want to make sure I'm understanding the circuitry correctly-so i don't hastily burn a $50 bulb. Im using a Phillips PL-S 9W/01/2P (link here). It's ...
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compact fluorescent lamp noise on digital signals

The answers to this question about CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) in an electronics lab indicate there is some concern about the presence of electronic ballasts and CFLs in connection to radio and ...
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Fairy Lights Wiring

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this but if anyone can provide any help it would be appreciated. Please keep in mind I am no expert when it comes down to power and electrical stuff I ...
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24V - 48V standard for lab. tips

I'm new to home improvement. Here's my question. I've got several led strips for ~24V each and I've formulated a circuits to make them work from a 48V outlet at a lab psu. Approx. 16 ampere ...
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Autofeel light bar mod [duplicate]

I purchased an Autofeel 30 inch light bar that has 4 rows of LEDs. I have seen this bar advertised under a number of different names, but as far as I know it's the only one with 4 rows of LEDs (they ...
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Light bulb and battery

I have a question about a project I am working on. I am making a spotlight and the battery I have is an 18650 battery rated for 3.7 volts and 2000 mah. The light bulb is 1000 watts. My question is: ...
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High(er) Current AC Flasher Circuit

I'm trying to develop a flasher circuit for an aircraft warning light like the one shown at https://flightlight.com/products/obstruction-lights-controls-faa-l-810/. The light will be powered with ...
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1-wire fairy lights

I have here some fairly lights. It's a string of coloured LEDs with a transformer and control box at one end. The control box lets you select a bazillion different lighting patterns. (Presumably the ...
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Choosing the right transformer to replace batteries?

I have an idea for a hack I'd like to build, but I need some help figuring out the right transformer. Let me know if there's a better place to post this sort of request. I have some exterior LED path ...
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Wiring 2 separate PIR’s to an LED Floodlight

If possible can someone please confirm that this would work? I want to place a waterproof box on the front of the house, next to this I will put an LED floodlight (without PIR), I then want to put 1 ...
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Philips 9 W luminaire quotes 7 A for 300 ms inrush!

In his answer to Will repeatedly turning a light bulb on and off damage it? @Bradicul stated, An example of inrush current is an LED downlight fitting with 9 W (0.0375 A at 240 V) will have any ...
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Strange behavior of the DALI controlled luminaires

I faced a strange behavior of a DALI controlled LED luminaires circuit. I have 48 LED luimianires with a MeanWell ELG150-C700-DA drivers connaected according to the scheme below: I commissioned the ...
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Lightning protection for Antenna Connector

I want to add lightning and ESD protection for the antenna used with my PCB (Wireless Gateway). The antennas that will be used with my PCB are Pole Mount Antenna. There are three different types of ...
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Relay switching a light causes a spike, making a raspberry pi halt

The problem in short: I worry that switching lights is causing a spike. Occasionally a Raspberry Pi halts completely after a relay is switched. The setup: A Raspberry Pi 3 is connected to an ...
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Determining the number of lighting fixtures

This may be more of a common sense question but I would like to expand my horizons on the subject. My research tells me that lumens = surface area x foot-candles. So if I am lighting up a 50' x 50' ...
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HID Lamp Ballast Using TI UCC2305

I am trying to control an OSRAM XENARC 66140 35W HID (High-intensity discharge) Lamp with a circuit which contains Texas Instruments UCC2305. I have obtained 4 original lamps from OSRAM and tried on ...
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To use a Dual Voltage Electric LED Bulb E26 in a E27 environment/ socket?

To use a Dual Voltage Electric LED Bulb E26 in a E27 or B22 environment? So I bought a Universal LED Bulb that emulates Circadian Rhythm for lighting to help manage my sleep cycles, locally (wherever ...
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Connecting Protective Earth (PE) to DC ground

This question has a bit of application background so please bear with me: I'm working on a LED lighting system. The controller (MCU, led drivers and led supply) will be powered by a single DC ...
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Understanding 3 phase 480V lighting circuit

I understand that you would use 480V light fixtures as opposed to 277V because the 480V have a lower current draw, resulting in a more efficient system. What I don't understand is how this circuit ...
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Precision mini winch (with position feedback) for kinetic lighting?

I am trying to create a kinetic lighting installation for my home, above the dining table (see example here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DZ18DNbjTQ ). Obviously I will use max around 20 lights. ...
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Dimmer buzzing, lights flickering [closed]

Got an issue with my lights and a dimmer. I got a room with 4 lights in it (6W LED panel lights) and a 60-600W dimmer. Somewhy, the lights from time to time flicker and the dimmer is buzzing all the ...
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What is the theoretical limit of lumen/watt for lighting systems?

Nowadays we see LEDs with 300 lumen per watt luminous efficacy. They still waste a lot of power as heat. Now what is the limit of electricity to light conversion? Say we build an LED with 100% ...
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DC ring mains for lighting, revisited

Traditionally ring mains for lighting have been (relatively) low current AC mains typically at 110/230VAC. It makes sense these days to replace that with lower power, lower voltage wiring to more ...
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How to calculate the energy output (in Joules) from an LED

I need to emit 20J over 5ms onto a target area of 962mm^2 from an LED source. The source as well as the target will reside in a completely encapsulated environment with reflective internal walls such ...