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    Default are we at the end of leds improveing

    can they still get better>? such as more bright and more runtime?
    LED's have gotten too bright in our stuff. Many nights I'm awakened by my modem lights blinking.had help with my sig thank you for your help.

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    Probably very marginal improvements in output efficiency... hopefully higher CRI and other characteristics will become the norm... until some big breakthrough involving a new technology.

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    Moving this to LED forum for you, raggie
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    ty im the king of being in wrong area lol. i hope you are well im waiting for ups to pick up so i can get my nap
    LED's have gotten too bright in our stuff. Many nights I'm awakened by my modem lights blinking.had help with my sig thank you for your help.

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    I think things may trend toward LEP technology.

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    I like to think that the improvements coming will mostly be in reducing the die size to improve focus. Not just making larger, brighter panels.

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    There is still plenty of room for improvement in LEDs if one doesn't limit them to the highest power uber LEDs we see in flashlights and consider SMD chip LEDs, vehicle lighting, business and home area lighting. The improvements will be related to cost/lumen/watt with emphasis on efficiency to reduce size and increase output. It is possible the uber LEDs will be increased in output with decrease in heat generated while not greatly increasing efficiency. Heat output of LEDs limits their output if they could make an LED that put out 1000 lumens at even 100 lumens/watt with little heat they could have really bright lighting for tons of purposes.
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    Default Re: are we at the end of leds improveing

    There's still LOTS of room for improvement.

    I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I think currently available commercial illumination-class white LEDs are topping out around 150-160 lm/W at useful drive levels, a little higher if you are willing to pay for more LEDs to run at lower current density. Low-cost retail grade parts probably aren't getting much over 120 lm/W, with some considerably less.

    The theoretical maximum is often stated as 273 lm/W, if all the electrical energy is converted into light. This is for 'white' light. It varies considerably with color temperature and CRI, and even more if you get into colors. If you want a scientific explanation of this, there are many places to find it. Whether the number is 273, 250, or 300 doesn't materially change my argument.

    So if you are getting 160 lm/W and the limit is 273, then you are operating at 160/273 = 58% efficiency. If you were able to get to 90% efficiency, that would be a 55% improvement, or about half again as much light per watt, or about 2/3 as many watts for the same light.

    While this kind of improvement may not seem like a lot, it isn't trivial. But more than that, it isn't the whole story. The primary limiting factor on many LED bulbs and fixtures today, as mentioned by Lynx-Arc, is heat. Breakthroughs in efficiency and heat management have allowed the price of 60W equivalent bulbs to drop by a factor of 10 in only a few years. 100W bulbs, while cheaper than before, remain quite a bit higher than 60W bulbs, while 150-200W equivalent bulbs remain unaffordable or impossible.

    If the efficacy were increased from 160 to just 210 lm/W, this would allow about twice the light output for a given heat management. This would allow 100 or 120W equivalent bulbs to be priced as today's 60W bulbs, and would allow 200W bulbs to be priced as today's 100W bulbs.

    So yeah, lots of room, you just have to know where to look for it.

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    Excellent answers guys, valuable insight, very cool!

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    Default Re: are we at the end of leds improveing

    There can be many improvements in energy efficiency and especially heat dissipation.

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    Default Re: are we at the end of leds improveing

    Quote Originally Posted by DIWdiver View Post
    If the efficacy were increased from 160 to just 210 lm/W, this would allow about twice the light output for a given heat management. This would allow 100 or 120W equivalent bulbs to be priced as today's 60W bulbs, and would allow 200W bulbs to be priced as today's 100W bulbs.

    So yeah, lots of room, you just have to know where to look for it.
    Sorry to snip your comment, but I think this is totally feasible.. Possibly even an understatement!!!

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