Power Integrations, a supplier of high-efficiency, high-reliability LED driver ICs, has introduced a new family of LED-driver ICs, aimed at consumer, commercial and industrial lighting applications. The LYTSwitch IC family delivers tight regulation and high efficiency for tube replacements and high-bay lighting, while offering an exceptional level of performance in TRIAC-dimmable bulb applications.
The LYTSwitch ICs combine PFC and CC into a single switching stage, increasing driver efficiency to more than 90% in typical applications, delivering a power factor greater than 0.95 and easily meeting EN61000-3-2C requirements for total harmonic distortion (THD). Optimised designs deliver less than 10% THD.
The combined single-stage converter topology eliminates high-voltage electrolytic bulk capacitors, leading to greatly extended driver lifetimes even in high ambient temperatures. Accurate primary-side control yields true tight CC performance with better than +/- 5 percent regulation across load, a wide temperature range and production variation enabling tighter design margins and reduced system cost. A high switching frequency of 132 kHz means that small, low-cost magnetics can be used in space-constrained bulb applications, while frequency jittering ensures reduced EMI filter requirements. LYTSwitch devices also are able to offer all the usual safety features common to Power Integrations products, including overvoltage, overcurrent and over-temperature protection.
The LYTSwitch family of LED-driver ICs enables an improved dimming performance when used with leading-edge and trailing-edge TRIAC dimmers, even at low conduction angles, easily complying with NEMA SSL6. Start-up is very fast, typically less than 500 ms, even when dimmed to less than 10% output. Bulbs using LYTSwitch ICs will turn on at almost the same dimming angle as it was at turn-off, virtually eliminating pop-on. Dead band in TRIAC dimming is also eliminated as the LYTSwitch controller ensures that dimming occurs as soon as the dimmer is operated.
Commenting Andrew Smith, senior product marketing manager for Power Integration said: “LYTSwitch ICs enable small, longer-lasting lamps for a wide range of applications including consumer bulbs, commercial lighting and T8 tubes, industrial, high-bay and exterior lighting. Tight CC performance across a wide range of operating conditions greatly simplifies design and reduces cost while ensuring that lamps deliver uniform light output.”