What is an LED
There are many questions that surround LED lighting. The most basic question, "What is an LED?" is answered with a concise description and a diagram. However, now that LEDs have practical, energy saving residential applications, people want to know "What are the benefits of using LEDs" and "What are the best applications for LEDs?" For answers to these questions and to learn more about LED drivers and voltage drop, click here.
Power Supply Matrix
For a quick reference chart regarding which power supplies are compatible with the various products American Lighting offers, click here. This chart also indicates which power supplies are AC output versus regulated DC output and which provide constant current output. Please note that some are plug-in, some hardwire, and some both.
Advanced S14, C9 & C7 LED Retrofit Information for Max Run Calculations
For additional information about calculating maximum runs when using S14, C9 or C7 LED retrofits in light strings, click here. Due to the design of these LED lamps, maximum runs are shorter than one might think, but still longer than when using incandescent lamps.
If you locate a power supply too far from the last light bulb or LED in a lighting system, you will end up with a noticeably dimmer output at the end of the run than at the beginning. This is called voltage drop.
Compared to incandescent light sources, LEDs use relatively low wattages - sometimes even fractions of watts. How do you compare the light output between these two very different light sources? Click here to see measured foot-candle levels for task lighting applications using our most popular task, and accent lighting products.
Lamp specifications include watts, lumen output, efficacy, color temperature in degrees Kelvin, average life in hours, base style and maximum overall length (M.O.L) for 12V, 24V and 120V bulbs. Click here to see the easy to use reference chart.