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White light emitting diode (LED) with high brightness has attracted a lot of attention from both industry and academia for its high efficiency, ease to drive, environmental friendliness, and long lifespan. They become possible applications to replace the incandescent bulbs and fluorescent lamps in residential, industrial and commercial lighting. The realization of this new lighting source requires both tight LED voltage regulation and high power factor as well. This paper proposed a single-stage flyback converter for the LED lighting applications and input power factor correction. A type-II compensator has been inserted in the voltage loop providing sufficient bandwidth and stable phase margin. The flyback converter is controlled with voltage mode pulse width modulation (PWM) and run in discontinuous conduction mode (DCM) so that the inductor current follows the rectified input voltage, resulting in high power factor. A prototype topology of closed-loop, single-stage flyback converter for LED driver circuit designed for an 18W LED lighting source is constructed and tested to verify the theoretical predictions. The measured performance of the LED lighting fixture can achieve a high power factor greater than 0.998 and a low total harmonic distortion less than 5.0%. Experimental results show the functionality of the overall system and prove it to be an effective solution for the new lighting applications.