A Guide to Mean Well LED Drivers
For anyone involved in the LED lighting industry, Mean Well will likely be a name that you’re already familiar with. Mean Well are one of the world’s most respected manufacturers of LED drivers and have established a reputation for producing top quality, highly dependable products. Mean Well is a name that lighting professionals across the globe have come to trust.
In this blog, we'll examine Mean Well drivers in more detail, and look at who they are and what sets them apart from the competition.
What is an LED driver?
Conventional incandescent light bulbs traditionally operate at what’s known as mains voltage. This is typically 110 or 240 volts and what’s known as alternating current or “AC”.
LEDs are different and typically need 12 or 24 volts direct current or “DC”, so when connecting LEDs to the mains, this supply needs to converted. The device that does this is called often referred to as a 'transformer' or, in the LED world, an LED driver.
Some devices, such as LED light bulbs, contain a small transformer which allows them to be screwed straight into a conventional light socket, however products such as LED tape or neon products which don’t contain a transformer are becoming increasingly popular and must be used with a separate LED driver, such as those manufactured by Mean Well.
Who are Mean Well?
Mean Well are a Taiwanese business that focuses on power supply solutions. They manufacture a wide range of power supplies used across many industries, but their LED drivers are possibly their best-known products.
Mean Well have years of experience within the industry and this pedigree is reflected in the quality of their products.
What sets Mean Well drivers apart?
So what sets Mean Well drivers apart from the competition? There are a few key factors that make them stand out:
- High quality: Mean Well drivers are built to last. They are made with high-quality components and undergo rigorous testing to ensure that they meet strict quality standards including UL, CE, UKCA and FCC.
- Reliability: Mean Well drivers are known for their reliability. They are designed to provide stable, consistent power to LED lights, which helps to prevent failures and downtime.
- Efficiency: Mean Well drivers are highly efficient, which can help to reduce energy costs and extend the lifespan of LED lights.
- Range: Mean Well drivers are compatible with a wide range of LED lights, making them a versatile solution for a variety of applications.
Overall, if you're looking for a high-quality, reliable LED driver, Mean Well is definitely a brand worth considering.
HLG, XLG, ELG, NPF, and LPV ranges
High-end LED lighting applications benefit from the great efficiency and dependability of the HLG series LED Drivers. Because they have an active Power Factor Correction (PFC) function built in, which enables them to achieve a Power Factor (PF) of 0.95 or higher and a wide range of AV input voltage and frequency (87 Vrms – 266 Vrms and 47Hz – 63Hz), they are suitable for a variety of lighting projects. They are also small, light, and can operate over a wider range of input voltage and frequency.
The XLG series LED Drivers are intended for lighting applications that are more demanding including outdoor lighting. They are highly efficient and have a wide operating temperature range. These drivers are appropriate for harsh settings because they have a sturdy IP67-rated design.
ELG Series DALI Dimmable LED Drivers are a type of LED driver that allow for digital dimming control using the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) protocol. DALI is a communication protocol that allows for individual control of each light fixture in a lighting system, allowing for greater flexibility and energy efficiency.
For typical illumination applications, NPF series LED Drivers offer great efficiency and reliable performance. They are excellent for a variety of lighting projects because of their wide input voltage range.
Last but not least, LPV series LED drivers offer a consistent DC output voltage and are intended for low voltage LED lighting applications. These drivers are lightweight and small, making them simple to install in a range of applications.