Building Reliability into LED Lighting
The LED is an inherently reliable device. It is a semiconductor just as are diodes, transistors, and micro-processors, whose reliability powers our computers, cars, the internet, and countless other products. Turning an LED device into an LED-based lighting platform is one of the critical points where the reliability and the longevity of the LED light is finally determined.
The designer of an LED-based lighting platform must be a master of all the elements:
- The optical system (lens)
- The electronic drive circuit that drives the LED from a standard voltage source
- The thermal management system for LED-generated heat
- The LED device
However, reliability is primarily the result of effective heat management and quality electronics that are designed to last as long as the LEDs themselves.