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23 Apr 2015

2015-04-21 21.57.31

by  Scarab Hardware :

Ambient lighting is a technique that creates light effects around the television that correspond to the video content. It has been pioneered by Philips under the brand Ambilight. In this project we will create a basic FPGA-based ambient lighting system that reads the video signal over HDMI. This means we are not limited to computer output. We can use it together with DVD players, video game consoles, etc.

DIY FPGA-based HDMI ambient lighting – [Link]

22 Apr 2015


0-10V Volt monitor project has been designed around LM3914 IC, It is an easy and less expensive project which instantly visualizes voltage level. The project is based on the popular LM3194 IC from Texas instruments. Handy 0-10V DC Voltmeter can be used as a voltage tester.

The LM3914 senses the voltage level at the input pin and drives the 10 light emitting diodes based on the voltage detected on input connector. Circuit works on 12V DC. J1 Jumper is used to select the DOT mode or bar graph mode.

0-10V Voltage Monitor – [Link]

22 Apr 2015


This is a variable range LED bar graph voltmeter project. It is a simple and less expensive project that displays voltage of a given source with the help of 10 LED’s. The project is based on the famous LM3914 IC from Texas instruments.

Variable Range LED Voltmeter – [Link]

15 Apr 2015


Thin LED strip but also a powerful LED application sourced directly from 230V mains line are no problem for Wago series 2059, 2060 and 2061 terminal blocks.

Innovative series Wago 2060 now has two new familiar – smaller and bigger one. We talk about series 2059 and 2061. In result, WAGO 2059, 2060 a 2061 LED terminal blocks series create a comprehensive family of SMT connectors usable for practically any LED applications and in general – for every application, where advantages are low profile of connectors, reliable contact resistant to vibrations (spring clamp) and also aesthetical look…

Already the 2060 series showed us all main benefits of SMT LED connectors Wago 20xx. It has found its place on a market very quickly and it´s perspective for all new designs. Moreover, now we can choose from already three types:

  • 2059 – extra miniature connector, only 2.7 mm high. 160V/3A, for wires 0.14-0.34 mm2, 3mm pitch.
  • 2060 – universal miniature connector, only 4.5 mm high. 160V/9A, for wires 0.2-0.75 mm2, 4mm pitch. Also available with 8mm pitch version with max. operating voltage up to 630V. Also available a THR version with wave-solderable pins.
  • 2061 – the biggest (but still miniature) connector, only 5.6mm high. 320V/ 17.5A, for wires 0.5-1.,5mm2, 6 mm pitch. Ideal for direct connection of power supply to products (power input and output for LED drivers, powerful LED applications, …). A black version is also available.

All types are produced in 1-3 pole versions and also available are connecting links to interconnect two PCBs with each other (easy creation of long strings). Similarly, all types are suitable for automated pick-and-place assembly. Connector body is made of a made of an advanced material (glass fiber reinforced PPA) with a very wide range of operating temperatures.

Detailed information will provide you the Wago 2059-2060-2061 brochure.

Wago LED terminal blocks are ready for small and also big applications – [Link]

7 Apr 2015


The LT®3744 is a fixed frequency synchronous step-down DC/DC controller designed to drive a LED load at up to 20A continuous or 40A pulsed. The peak current mode controller will maintain ±3% LED current regulation over a wide output voltage range, from VEE to VIN. By allowing VEE to float to negative voltages, several LEDs in series can be driven from a single Li-Ion battery with a simple, single step-down output stage. PWM dimming is achieved with the PWM pins. The regulated LED current is set with analog voltages at the CTRL pins. Regulated voltage and overvoltage protection are set with a voltage divider from the output to the FB pin. The switching frequency is programmable from 100kHz to 1MHz through an external resistor on the RT pin.

Additional features include an accurate external reference voltage, a control input for thermally derating regulation current, an accurate EN/UVLO pin, an open-drain output fault flag, OVLO, frequency synchronization, and thermal shutdown.

LT3744 – High Current Synchronous Step-Down LED Driver – [Link]

6 Apr 2015

2015-04-02 04.10.41

by blog.esai.pw:

I was designing an electronic clock to see time easier at night. And while at it, I came up with a nice idea:

Having used a lot of perfboards(dot pcb) to prototype my projects, I thought of a way to make a 7 segment display out of smd leds. Making a segment out of 2 common grounded leds..
I stumbled upon it while trying to determine a nice size for my clock. I drew a mask on perfboard with a marker. Later I redrew it and cut it out:

An SMD 4 digit 7 segment DIY display – [Link]

26 Mar 2015


by Steven Keeping @ digikey.com:

The dominant technology for today’s high-brightness LEDs is gallium nitride (GaN) on sapphire or silicon carbide (SiC) substrates. These materials are popular because the resultant LEDs are bright, efficient, and last a long time. However, the chips are tough to manufacture and package into useable devices, multiplying the cost of end products that use them as light engines. Although prices have plummeted in recent years, LED lighting is still considerably more expensive to purchase than traditional alternatives. This initial expense is cited as a major factor slowing the acceptance of solid-state lighting (SSL).

A pioneering group of manufacturers has worked hard to reduce the cost of high-power LEDs by replacing the sapphire or SiC substrate with silicon (Si), the material routinely used to manufacture most electronic chips (“ICs”). The key benefit is a very-low-cost supply of wafers and the opportunity to use depreciated 8-inch wafer fabs for LED manufacture. Combined, those concepts enable a dramatic reduction in LED prices, overcoming consumer objections.

Improved Silicon-Substrate LEDs Address High Solid-State Lighting Costs – [Link]

24 Mar 2015

by Dooievriend @ tweakblog.tweakblogs.net:

More than a year ago, a friend of mine asked me to write the software for his 3D Spectrum Analyser (3DSA): a device that takes as input an audio signal, and outputs its visualisation on a 3D matrix of leds. If the above description doesn’t quite ring a bell, simply watch the end result in action.

First things first though, the microprocessor to be programmed was an 80MHz Olimex PIC32, soldered to the PIC32-PINGUINO-OTG development board. (For those who ever tinkered with Arduino boards: it’s the same, only with a faster chip and fewer builtin libraries ) The Algorithm had to sample the input signal at regular time intervals, convert this signal to the frequency domain, and visualize the detected frequencies on a 16x16x5 LED matrix.

3D Spectrum Analyser – [Link]

19 Mar 2015


Fairchild announced the FL7734 Phase-Cut Dimmable Single- Stage LED Driver, a highly integrated LED controller solution for low-cost, and highly reliable LED lighting solutions from 5 W to 30 W. The FL7734 enables designers to quickly achieve great light quality designs with high dimmer compatibility while integrating full power factor correction (PFC) circuitry to meet power factor (PF) and total harmonic distortion (THD) requirements.

The FL7734 solution uses Fairchild’s unique active dimmer driving technology to eliminate visible flicker or shimmer symptoms and deliver over 90% dimmer compatibility with a variety of leading edge, trailing edge and digital dimmers from a wide range of manufacturers. The solution fully meets NEMA SSL 7A-2013 & ENERGY STAR® standards and provides a programmable dimming curve and input current management flexibility.

Fairchild Simplifies Dimmable LED Lighting Design – [Link]

18 Mar 2015


LT series LED drivers with 10-100W power represent a complete solution with wide possibilities of control. Exceptionally narrow and slim design, remained even at high-power versions, provides a high flexibility of use. 

Power supplies for LED lighting (so called drivers) are available from many producers, in a various qualitative level. Why to decide just for the LT series from German company Friwo? Here are few reasons:

  • precise design, safe operation and a long lifetime
  • voltage and current regulation in one device
  • high efficiency and a possibility of dimming in a range of 0-100% directly via a CTRL pin
  • modules are available in 10-100W power, with a possibility of customization by laser directly at production
  •  also available a module for dimming – so called DIMMbox, further expanding possibilities of control (switch, 1-10V, DALI) and with a possibility of synchronization with up to 1000 slave units
  • very small cross section of modules (21x30mm, resp. 24x30mm at LT100) – applicable even in very tiny conditions

Wide control possibilities of LT series modules are perhaps the most interesting. Modules contain a galvanically isolated CTRL input, by which it is possible to switch on/ off the module without disconnecting from 230V mains. CTRL pin also serves for regulation of an output current. For this purpose, only one resistor (or a potentiometer) is necessary – connected between SEC+ and CTRL pins, with a value counted by a simple formula in the datasheet. The output current can also be controlled by an external voltage in the range of 0-1,8V connected to SEC- and CTRL, as well as by means of a PWM TTL (0/5V).

Further possibilities of control are provided by a standalone additional module DIMMbox. DIMMbox operates as an (almost) lossless PWM regulator with a MOSFET switched at f=600Hz. DIMM-BOX connected to any series LT driver enables to regulate an output current in a range of 10-100% or 0% (OFF) via a usual switch („switch-dimm“ mode), via a linear voltage 1-10V and also a DALI interface. DIMMbox tests after switching on, which of three methods of control is used and consequently accepts only signals from a given input – until switching off the module. DIMMboxes can be connected through SYNC inputs, ensuring the same level of dimming for all modules. Enclosed pictures will provide you the best idea about possibilities of connection.

Every power class is available in several versions, with various output voltages and currents . Detailed information will provide you the LT series overview, DIMMbox datasheet, as well as datasheets of particular models, for example LT20 or LT100.

Friwo LED drivers will light up your LEDs as much as you just want – [Link]





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