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Red, green, and blue LEDs for white light illumination

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Muthu, S. ; Philips Res., Briarcliff Manor, NY, USA ; Schuurmans, F.J.P. ; Pashley, M.D.

The rapid improvement of the white light efficacy achievable with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) opens up new opportunities in the general illumination market. An LED light source made of red, green, and blue LEDs (RGB-LEDs) can provide the unique feature of color variability, allowing the user to select the desired color point of the lamp. The white light color accuracy required in the general illumination market is a challenge for LEDs. The variation in lumen output and wavelength for nominally identical LEDs and the change in these parameters with temperature and time result in an unacceptably high variability in the color point of white light from RGB-LEDs. In this paper, we show that these problems can be overcome with suitable feedback control schemes that can be implemented in a practical LED lamp. We present results of experiment and theoretical modeling that shows the performance that can be achieved with a number of different control schemes

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Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 2 )