Ok, so basically I’m working on a project an the moment. I want to create an innovative, energy-efficient lighting design using new technology such as.
The basic specs of the lamps are as follows:
White (ish) light
The problem is, I’m a bit confused with how to incorpoate a mains voltage to 12v transformer into the circuitry. I’m also confused with the term ‘Trailing edge dimmer’, which seems to be something I need if I am to use a dimmable led strip lighting.
Can anyone help me? I need some directions as to what to do.
You need to run the mains to the transformer and then do everything with the 12 volts. Rectify and filter the 12 VAC to a decent 12 VDC. You probably can’t use a trailing edge dimmer as these operate on AC and led ceiling lighting operate on DC. It wouldn’t make any difference if you used a trailing edge or leading edge dimmer, you won’t get the results you want. LEDs also don’t respond well to voltage dimming. The light output varies very little with a fairly large voltage reduction. You should look into PWM (pulse width modulation) for controlling the light output from an LED. This works by simply pulsing the voltage through the LED very fast. When the flexible led strip lighting is off for about half the time that it’s on it appears dimmer. For more information on dimming check the links below.