Dimming LEDs (part 1/2) – Analog and digital, not analog vs. digital

While messing around with dimmable DC-DC converters for LED drivers, I had the need to quantify the contrast ratio of a dimmable light. Turns out it is not that trivial, specially when combining switching periods, transients and mixed analog/PWM dimming. Looking for contrast ratio on the internet is only useful if you want to buy a TV, not if you want to build a LED driver. Also, on the web not all information seems to be correct, therefore this article and its possible continuation is the result of long investigations and discussions between engineers.


NTC Measurements (part 2/2)

In the previous NTC Measurements article, was shown the basic approaches and few variations of them in order to use an NTC, by following the suggestions provided in the datasheet and taking the correct assumptions in all the temperature signal processing. These suggestions are usually not  provided,  because with a  bit of math a lot … Leggi tutto NTC Measurements (part 2/2)

Lino Project

I am playing with LEDs for few month and during that time some little projects were born, but now I need a system to handle the logical part and the power distribution. I simply just can't use an Arduino board, or any other development board: I need a proper power handling embedded in a small space, … Leggi tutto Lino Project

Tiny, robust, low cost, fail-safe LED driver: the Glighter-S project

It has been a while since the last LED related article. Was experimented the linear current source, its pros and cons and the field of application. Now arises the need of a small version, handling the same high power, things that are contrapposed in the linear regulator. I need something that I can bring with … Leggi tutto Tiny, robust, low cost, fail-safe LED driver: the Glighter-S project