I have been looking at LEDs and how I could control them for two days flat... and am getting nowhere.
I am adding LED lighting to all rooms; some rooms like open plan living will have up to 20 different Watt LEDs; and I wonder how to control these.
E.g. the open plan area has 4 zones, each with two sets of LEDs, direct/strong/hight wattage and light/background lighting/low wattage LEDs.
- One idea is to use standard LED + driver (230V), connect to a 16-port relay board, and connect the input for the relay board to a triac trailing edge dimmer. this approach takes out any uncertainties about what Voltage each LED requires (as each LED has its own driver).
- The other idea is to connect the LEDs with DC to a current source with PWM dimming capability and shared high Wattage power supply.
The advantage for 1. is standard off-the-shelf products, but from what I am reading the triac-dimming may result in flicker.
The advantage for 2. may dim better, but seems more difficult to build.
The LEDs will ultimately grouped into zones and controlled by home automation software; here openHAB.
If I can find the right circuit or diagram, I could build boards with 8 individual outputs, maybe where I can adjust V and A to adapt the output to different LED Wattage.
I opened a few drivers, and measured the V; 3W LED runs on 9.5V, and a 5W runs on 18V. It must have something to do how these LED lights are wired internally.
Maybe some DMX controller could drive this???
Any hints, comments appreciated. Thanks.