• Determine if your application needs a constant voltage or constant current driver.
    1. A CV driver supplies a fixed voltage and is suitable for lighting applications where the number of LED strings and current draw are unknown.
    2. CC drivers supply a fixed current and are suitable for applications that require constant current directly connected to the LED.
  • Determine your application’s output current (mA) requirements.
    1. Note the current requirements of your luminaires. The CC driver should reflect that value output. The data sheets for luminaires typically state the requirements, with the value given in amps (A) or milliamps (mA).
  • Determine your application’s voltage (V) output needs.
    1. CV drivers require the same output as the voltage requirements of the luminaires. For multiple luminaires, each LED voltage requirement is added together for a total value.
    2. For CC drivers, the output voltage must be greater than the requirements of the luminaires.
  • Determine the necessary ingress protection (IP) rating for your application.
    1. IP65 is suitable for some contact with water.
    2. IP67 is suitable for tough outdoor conditions including water submergence up to 1m for up to 30 minutes.
  • Determine your form factor requirement. Ultra-slim LED drivers can save space and thus money. LED drivers that conform to standardized form factors allow for independent interchangeability of different drivers and modules. 
  • Determine your application’s termination method. Some LED drivers have built-in wiring leads, others do not, which will require you to purchase wires separately. 
  • Determine if you need a dimmable or non-dimmable driver. Not every LED driver on the market today supports dimming.  GRE Alpha has CC and CV LED drivers for flicker-free dimming applications.  GRE Alpha offers LED drivers and dimming modules that are compatible with TRIAC, DALI, DMX, and EnOcean protocols just to name a few.

For a more detailed step-by-step selection guide, please refer to our blog.

(Reference: https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/58700/how-to-calculate-voltage-drop-over-and-power-loss-in-wires)

 

Voltage drop is the amount of voltage loss in a circuit as a result of impedance.  Any component that caries current is subject to resistance or impedance to current flow.  Because LEDs need very low voltages to function, any loss in voltage can alter the color or brightness of illumination and can also cause the LED to flicker.

  1. Determine your input voltage.
  2. Determine your wire run length.
  3. Determine the material of wire (assume copper in most cases).
  4. Determine the proper wire gauge against resistance (AWG value).

Our voltage drop calculator can assist you in selecting the right product for your application. 

(Reference: https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/58700/how-to-calculate-voltage-drop-over-and-power-loss-in-wires)

Our dimmers are compatible with a wide array of mainstream brands.  Our dimmer compatibility page can assist you in determining if your product is compatible with a specific dimmer. 

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