LED Lighting
A Primer to Lighting the Future
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Released: July 2012
Pages: 70

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
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Lacks depth of detail

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from Norway

Pros

  • Easy to understand
  • Well-written

Cons

  • Not comprehensive enough

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    Comments about oreilly LED Lighting:

    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...)

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    Good high level, but not

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    from Portland, Oregon

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    Pros

    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Well-written

    Cons

    • Not comprehensive enough
    • Too basic

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    • Novice

    Comments about oreilly LED Lighting:

    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.

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