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Surface Mount LEDs – Part 4: Applications

This is Part 4 of a 4 Part Series Surface Mount LEDs – Part 1: The Basics Surface Mount LEDs – Part 2: How They are Made Surface Mount LEDs – Part 3: Optical Properties Surface Mount LEDs – Part 4: Applications (this article) Hey designers and engineers!  Do you need a light for your application that is tiny, inexpensive, bright, long lasting, efficient, low power and just about any color you can imagine, including variable color and dimmable?  Then welcome to the world of LEDs! Because of their performance characteristics, light emitting diodes have become ubiquitous…they are everywhere, and

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Surface Mount LEDs – Part 3: Optical Properties

This is Part 3 of a 4 Part Series Surface Mount LEDs – Part 1: The Basics Surface Mount LEDs – Part 2: How They are Made Surface Mount LEDs – Part 3: Optical Properties (this article) Surface Mount LEDs – Part 4: Applications Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) have become the “go to” source for lighting as they are tiny, long lasting, cost competitive and efficient.  Further, the optical properties of LEDs are highly tunable, offering design latitude for nearly any application. It is important to understand the optical properties of the LED(s) that you consider for your application.  Characterization

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Surface Mount LEDs – Part 2: How They Are Made

This is Part 2 of a 4 Part Series Surface Mount LEDs – Part 1: The Basics Surface Mount LEDs – Part 2: How They are Made (this article) Surface Mount LEDs – Part 3: Optical Properties Surface Mount LEDs – Part 4: Applications Solid state Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are produced using thin film (TF) technology.  Additionally, surface mount technology (SMT) is used to package the solid state lighting element into a useful form that exhibits desirable optical and other properties.  These cornerstone technologies are robust tools that are used with ubiquity throughout the electronics industry. In order to

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Surface Mount LEDs – Part 1: The Basics

This is Part 1 of a 4 Part Series Surface Mount LEDs – Part 1: The Basics (this article) Surface Mount LEDs – Part 2: How They are Made Surface Mount LEDs – Part 3: Optical Properties Surface Mount LEDs – Part 4: Applications Introduced in the early 1960s, Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) have advanced to become the light source of choice.  In comparison to incandescent and fluorescent light sources they are more efficient and longer lasting. They are also smaller (as small as 0402 case size), and are especially well-suited to surface mount packaging, which enables them for use

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