We’re on the brink of a lighting revolution with light-emitting diodes—the tiny LEDs you’ve seen in electronic devices for years. With this practical guide, you’ll go behind the scenes to see how and why manufacturers are now designing LED devices to light everything from homes and offices to streets and warehouses.
Author Sal Cangeloso shows you the working parts of a “simple” LED bulb and explains the challenges electronics companies face as they push LED lighting into the mainstream. You’ll learn how you can use LEDs now, and why solid state lighting will bring dramatic changes in the near future.
Explore the drivers, phosphors, and integrated circuits in a typical LED bulb
Understand the challenges in producing LED bulbs with acceptable brightness, color temperature, and power consumption
Learn about non-bulb LED applications, including lamps, street lights, and signage
Discover the market forces driving—and impeding—the adoption of LED lighting
Compare LEDs to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and electron-stimulated luminescence (ESL) bulbs
Gaze into the future of intelligent lighting, including networked lighting systems
Chapter 1 Opening Remarks
Chapter 2 Key Terms
Color Rendering Index (CRI) and Color Quality Scale (CQS)
Sal Cangeloso is a life-long technology enthusiast who founded computer hardware site XYZcomputing.com in 2003. In 2007, he started working for Geek.com. He now runs Geek.com and ExtremeTech.com. Sal is an inquisitive guy who loves computers, cameras, and pretty much anything electronic.
I'm know little about LEDs, yet have a product idea requiring this technology. Each effort to work w/small manufacturers went nowhere, largely because of my ignorance of key quality variables. This book provided a framework. Now, I'm equipped to identify and research pertinent variables.
A book for engineers would have been over my head. This one was right on target!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Short intro to LED lighting in homes. Learned something new about the basic ways LED works. Though this book lacks some more depth of the subject to explore. Hm, it says primer in the subtitle... Well written and a quick easy read. (this is a mayor drawback of ebooks: One does not easily know how much one gets for the money...)
I bought this book without looking at the table of contents. Had I done so, I would have noticed that the bulk of this slim volume is about the advantages, disadvantages and consumer-level concerns of using LEDs for home lighting.
Given the distinctive Blue Maker cover, I thought I'd be given a tour of the various DIY options for folks shopping for LED components, heatsinks, and power supplies. There is a brief chapter on the circuitry required to light a single LED bulb, but nothing for my needs. (Looking at Mouser electronics for LED lighting is overwhelming! So many bulbs, so many power supplies!)
My middling review is more about my expectations than the contents of this book -- it is well written, and covers the high-level basics just fine. I was just expecting something for the LED Makers among us. For us, this book isn't at all the book we're looking for.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend