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Built-in soft starter

When an LED system is switched on, there is a current spike during the first few milliseconds, during which the power supply must build up charge and deliver the required power.


Soft-start does not require immediate power delivery; instead, the power supply delivers power gradually during those first few milliseconds.


By using this approach, system stability is ensured, even in the presence of multiple sources connected to the grid, thus avoiding potential interruptions and eliminating any glare on power-up.

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Chromatic coordinates

Chromatic coordinates allow us to precisely identify the colorimetric characteristics of a light source.

 

The exact position of the coordinate is defined in X and Y within a graph defined at its ends by the basic RGB colors.

 

In the brightest central part are defined the white tones ranging from 1,000ºK (yellowish white) to 20,000ºK (bluish white).

 

The MacAdam ellipses inform us about the level of color variation possible between these axes before the human eye can detect these color changes.

The distance between ellipses is measured in SDCM (Standard Deviation of Color Matching):

 
  • 1 SDCM: No color differences exist.
  • 2-4 SDCM: There is hardly any visible difference.
  • 5 or more SDCM: It is easily perceptible.

Power factor

LED technology has transformed lighting, providing efficiency and durability.

However, an often overlooked aspect is the Power Factor (PF), which plays a key role in the energy efficiency of LED systems.

Current drivers and their influence on the FP

A driver, or power supply, is an essential electronic component that is responsible for regulating and supplying the electrical current needed to power the light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

Its main function is to convert the alternating current (AC) coming from the mains into direct current (DC), thus ensuring an adequate and stable power supply for proper operation.

During this conversion process, a phase shift occurs between voltage (V) and current (A).

This mismatch, determined by the quality of the driver, can significantly affect the overall performance of the power system.

What is Power Factor?

The PF, represented on a scale from 0 to 1, acts as an indicator of this phase shift or energy loss. A PF of 1 indicates a system with no phase shift, which is ideal for maximum efficiency.

On the other hand, the lower this value, the higher the phase shift and consequently the higher the power consumption of the LED system as a whole.

How to calculate the power factor?

For the power factor formula: PF = cos(θ), where θ is the phase angle between current and voltage.

It can also be calculated by dividing the active power (kW) by the apparent power (kVA). (See Kilovoltampere).

Relationship between FP and energy consumption

The relationship between FP and energy consumption is direct:

The lower the FP, the higher the consumption.

This means that the efficiency of LED lighting depends not only on the quality of the light emitting diodes, but also on the driver’s ability to minimise the phase shift.

What is the impact of a low level of FP?

Economy

It is not only the energy consumption that is affected by low FP, but also the associated costs. An inefficient LED system not only increases the utility bill, but also requires more installation capacity, which means additional expenses.

Environment

From an environmental perspective, increased energy consumption contributes to higher resource demand and greenhouse gas emissions.

Thus, improving FP not only benefits finances, but also addresses environmental concerns.

How to improve and correct the PF factor in LED systems

For power factor (PF) correction and to optimise energy efficiency in LED lighting, it is essential to consider the quality of the current drivers. Choosing drivers with a high PF ensures optimum performance, minimising phase shift and thus reducing energy consumption in electrical circuits.

In addition, it is essential to involve LED design and installation professionals to ensure that specifications are met and efficiency is maximised in each project.

More efficient LED lighting

Power Factor emerges as a key element to evaluate and improve the useful energy in an electrical equipment or LED lighting system.

By understanding the relationship between FP, lag and energy consumption, we can make informed decisions that benefit both finances and the environment.

Investing in high quality drivers with a PF close to 1 is essential to ensure optimal and sustainable performance.

Our focus is on selecting and recommending high quality electronic components that contribute to maximising the lifetime, efficiency and overall performance of the LED lighting solutions we offer.

At Actilum we understand that the proper implementation of inputs and components not only impacts energy efficiency, but also economic and environmental aspects, which supports our commitment to sustainable and innovative solutions.

Contact us for advice on this and other topics related to your next lighting project!

Kilovoltampere

A detailed analysis of energy consumption

In the field of LED lighting, understanding the technical terms is essential to make informed and energy-efficient decisions.

 

One of these key terms is kVA, which plays a major role in assessing the actual power consumption in the current circuits of our LED systems.

 

The kVA, or kilo volt ampere, is a measurement that provides information about the actual power consumption (W) of our LED system.

 

It is essential to be clear that 1000VA is equivalent to 1000W when the power factor (PF) is equal to 1.

Power factor

Power factor is a ratio that indicates the efficiency with which electrical energy is converted into useful energy (see Power Factor).

 

In the context of LED lighting, it is relevant to distinguish between kVA and kW.

Kilovoltampere and Kilowatts (kVA and kW)

The kW represents the active power of an electrical system, i.e. the real power or useful power, which it realises.

 

On the other hand, the kVA indicates the apparent power, which is the combination of active power and reactive power.

 

This measure not only considers the energy actually used to do useful work, but also takes into account the energy that is dissipated as reactive power, providing a more complete picture of the energy efficiency of the LED system.

 

Understanding this combination of factors is essential to optimise performance and minimise energy waste in our lighting installations.

Calculations

Now, let’s look at a practical example to understand how this affects our energy bills.

Suppose our LED system consumes 1000W with a power factor (PF) of 0.6. In this case, the total amount of real power we will pay for is not just 1000W, but 1400W.

This discrepancy between active kW power and apparent kVa power has economic implications.

 

Energy suppliers usually bill for the apparent power consumed, which means that we pay for an amount of energy that is not efficiently used in the system.

 

Understanding this difference is essential to optimise consumption and reduce associated costs.

 

The kVA in LED lighting is not just a technical concept; it has a direct impact on our energy bills.

 

By understanding and considering power factor when designing and implementing LED lighting systems, we can maximise energy efficiency and minimise the operating costs of an electrical circuit or electrical equipment.

 

In the context of LED lighting, understanding kVA means recognising its importance in assessing the actual energy consumption of systems.

 

At Actilum, we are committed to efficiency and sustainability in each of our projects. We constantly seek to integrate innovative technologies and practices that not only optimise energy consumption, but also reduce environmental impact.

 

Our mission is to go beyond lighting, working in partnership with our customers to develop solutions that reflect not only a commitment to efficiency, but also to long-term environmental responsibility.

 

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Free of electromag. rad.

Electromagnetic radiation is produced by oscillating electric waves which, by creating magnetic fields, affect other electronic equipment in the surrounding area.


The regulations clearly mark the levels that should not be exceeded in order not to affect people.  There are LED products that do not emit radiation and others that do. 


Led solutions can be passive and not emit electromagnetism. It is essential that they do not have coils, which are responsible for creating electrical pulses and pulsating frequencies.  

How electromagnetic radiation affects

Parallel Flex L6

This product emits electromagnetic radiation in compliance with low emission standards.

Parallel M9

This product does not emit electromagnetism, it has no coils or frequency oscillators.

Complies electromagnetic radiation standard

Electromagnetic radiation is a type of variable electromagnetic field, i.e. a combination of oscillating electric and magnetic fields, which propagate through space transporting energy from one place to another.


It is estimated that between 5 and 10% of the population is electrosensitive and among the most frequent symptoms are headaches, insomnia, irritability, depression or increased risk of cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).


An institution of the stature of the Council of Europe recommends in its Resolution 1815 that the ALARA Principle be applied, which advises exposure to these waves to be as low as possible.

How electromagnetic radiation affects

Ecodesign

Ecodesign or eco-design is a methodology that seeks to identify, from the moment a product or service is designed, the environmental impacts that may result from each of the phases of its life cycle, in order to try to reduce them as much as possible and always without impairing the final quality.


This life cycle thus includes different phases such as manufacturing, packaging, transport, distribution, use, repair, recycling and reuse.

ECOVADIS GOLD
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Flicker Free!

Understanding Flicker and Changes in Light Intensity

In general terms, flicker refers to visible and repetitive changes in light intensity, mostly caused by fluctuations in electrical voltage.

This phenomenon is common in LED luminaires, affecting various areas such as general lighting, computer monitors or TV screens, among others.

Let’s look at situations where we can see this effect

It can manifest itself in various situations and devices due to fluctuations in the electrical current. Here are some examples where we can appreciate this phenomenon:

Conventional lighting

Incandescent and fluorescent bulbs may also experience flicker, especially at the end of their lifetime. In the case of fluorescent bulbs, the frequency of flicker may be higher, and some people may notice flickering, especially in environments with old or low-quality fluorescent lighting.

 

Household appliances

Some electrical appliances, such as hoovers, fans and appliances with electric motors, can generate fluctuations in electrical current that result in perceptible flicker.

Displays of electronic devices

In addition to the computer monitors and television screens mentioned above, the screens of electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets can also exhibit flicker, especially when used at low brightness levels.

Security cameras

Some security cameras and surveillance systems use LED lighting for night vision, and may emit noticeable flicker.

Automotive lighting

In some cases, LED lights used in car headlights can generate flicker, which can be annoying for drivers and other road users.

Charging devices

Some electronic device chargers can generate fluctuations in electrical current during the charging process, which can result in noticeable flicker in nearby lights.

 

LED lighting

In the case of LED luminaires, the flicker may be due to the modulation of the electrical current to control the intensity of the light. Although this flicker may be imperceptible to many people, some people are more sensitive and may experience symptoms such as eyestrain, headaches, eye irritation or difficulty concentrating when exposed to it for prolonged periods of time.

It is important to address and minimise the flicker effect in these situations, as it can have implications for the visual health and general well-being of people exposed to it on a regular basis.

Flicker-Free Technology

Protecting our visual health

Flicker-Free or Free Flicker technology plays an extremely important role in protecting our eyesight against eyestrain.

Its main function is to counteract the flickering present in LED light sources, offering an effective solution to problems such as headaches, dry eyes and eyestrain.

Influence on visual perception

The implementation of Flicker-Free technology aims to provide a more comfortable and healthier viewing experience by minimising or completely eliminating noticeable flicker in LED lighting.

This development is particularly relevant in essential environments such as offices, homes and commercial spaces.

Well-being with flicker-free technology

Flicker-Free technology not only addresses technical problems in LED luminaires, but also has a direct impact on visual health and user comfort.

 

By choosing products that integrate this technology, we are opting for a more efficient and eye-friendly illuminated environment, thus promoting a healthier lifestyle in the age of LED lighting.

The importance of addressing the flicker effect goes beyond LED lighting.

By choosing products with Flicker-Free technology, such as those available from Actilum, you are making a conscious choice towards healthier and more comfortable visual environments.

 

The innovation behind this technology reflects our commitment to excellence in lighting and user well-being.

At Actilum, we prioritise expertise by offering products and solutions that integrate Flicker-Free technology.

Our dedication to visual quality and well-being is reflected in every aspect of our products, ensuring efficiently lit, eye-friendly environments.

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Variable color temperature

White-tunable products allow a luminaire to change its color temperature in the range of 2,700ºK to 6,500ºK.


A dim-to-warm product attempts to reproduce the same type of warm lighting obtained from incandescent sources to promote intimate environments, often used in hospitality and restaurants.

Dimmable

The term dimmable in electricity comes from the word “dimmer” which in English refers to regulator or attenuator of intensity, that is to say that it serves to control the energy in one or several levels with the objective of managing and varying the intensity of the light emitted.


When we talk about dimmable products in the lighting sector, we refer to luminaires that can modify their light intensity.

Chromatic coordinates after 6,000h

Chromatic coordinates allow us to precisely identify the colorimetric characteristics of a light source.

 

The exact position of the coordinate is defined in X and Y within a graph defined at its ends by the basic RGB colors.

 

Over time (thousands of hours), these coordinates shift from their origin causing the LED to emit a color different from the original.

In professional LEDs this color variation is not noticeable to the human eye.

Luminous flux maintenance

The amount of light from any luminaire decreases over time.


The lifetime of an LED has been standardized in the industry as the reduction of its luminous capacity to 70% of the initial output within 50,000 hours. It is also known as L70.


There are products that have better degradation than the standard, reaching L90 (90%) or even more.

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CRI

The sun is the most natural light we have and, consequently, it is the standard against which any light source is compared.


The CRI (Color Rendering Index) gives us information about the ability of a light source to faithfully reproduce the colors of an object, in relation to sunlight.


Therefore, the higher the CRI, the more natural and true to life the colors of the illuminated object will appear.

Light beam

The light beam is the set of those rays that share an origin and whose propagation develops without dispersion.


Multiple light rays emerge from the same point and make up a beam of light.

Tp Max.

The maximum temperature that LEDs can reach to work properly is about 40°C and in some cases, 65°C, depending on the manufacturer and model.

 

In the case of luminaires in general, they can reach higher temperatures in the heatsink up to 90°C while their electronics can have a temperature of between 60°C to 80°C.

 

High temperatures are the enemy of LEDs.

Relationship between lumen vs. temperature

Lifespan

The lifespan is the estimated duration that an object can have, correctly fulfilling the function for which it has been created. It is usually calculated in hours of life.

 

For certain technologies, such as LED, there are also other indicators of lifespan such as the point at which the luminous depreciation begins, which depends on:


– Deterioration due to aging.
– Accumulation of dust or dirt on optical parts
– Oxidation of the internal part of the luminaire
– Temperature variations
– Installation failures…

Example of lifespan of an electronic product

In electronic products, their service life depends on the electronic component with the least useful hours.

LED color

In LED lighting, the colour temperature emitted by a light source plays a fundamental role in defining the essence of the light that surrounds us.

 

This parameter, measured in degrees Kelvin (K), shows us a range of tones from warm, pleasant light to cold, stimulating light.

 

In this article, we explain the significance of LED colour temperature and its impact on our everyday visual experiences.

 

The fundamental principles of colour temperature in LED technology.

 

The basis of LED colour temperature goes back to a fascinating physical principle: the behaviour of a black body when heated.

 

 

When this body is subjected to an increase in temperature, it emits light, and the shade of this light varies according to the temperature in degrees Kelvin.

 

It is this luminous diversity that gives rise to the tones that we perceive as warm, neutral and cool light colour in LED luminaires.

 

It is essential to understand that colour temperature not only affects the aesthetic appearance of light, but also influences psychological and emotional aspects.

 

Light emitted in warm tones can induce a cosy and relaxing feeling, as opposed to cold light, which tends to intensify concentration and alertness.

 

Manufacture of LED colour temperature luminaires

The production of LED lamps involves the precise application of chemical combinations in a process that demands specific skills in the manipulation and mixing of compounds.

 

The efficacy of LED light bulbs is based on the meticulous combination of chemical compounds during their manufacturing process. Each compound plays a specific role in light emission, and the selection of these components is decisive for the final colour temperature of the device.

 

At Actilum, LED lighting engineers and designers work to create combinations that suit various environments and needs.

 

From the warmth that brightens a living room to the clarity that boosts productivity in a workspace, colour temperature becomes a versatile tool for customising the lighting experience.

Practical applications in everyday life

The distinction between cool, neutral and warm light in lighting plays an essential role in creating specific moods.

 

The cool white light (5000-6500K) with a higher colour temperature emits a bright and stimulating light, ideal for environments where greater visibility and concentration is sought, such as work areas.

 

 

On the other hand, neutral light (3500-5000K) offers a balanced light, suitable for versatile environments such as offices and shops.

 

Meanwhile, warm white (2700-3500K) with a lower colour temperature provides a soft and cosy light, perfect for relaxing and convivial spaces such as living rooms.

 

The choice between these shades allows the lighting to be adapted to the specific needs of each space, thus contributing to the creation of personalised and comfortable visual experiences.

 

Colour temperature in LED lighting as an essential tool in lighting design.

 

LED colour temperature is not just a technical detail, but a powerful tool that influences our perception of our surroundings.

 

 

From the science behind it to the practical applications in our daily lives, colour temperature is positioned as an essential element in modern lighting design.

 

By understanding and appreciating the complexity of LED colour temperature, we can take full advantage of its benefits, creating illuminated spaces that not only meet functional needs, but also elevate our visual experiences to new heights.

 

In the world of LED lighting, colour temperature is not just an aesthetic choice, but a tool that shapes our environment and transforms the way we live and work.

 

Our approach

At Actilum we emphasise LED colour temperature as a fundamental element in our approach to lighting design.

 

We understand the significant influence this parameter has on the creation of exceptional visual environments and experiences.

 

We value the versatility offered by LED colour temperature as a means to meet the aesthetic and functional expectations of our customers, offering customised and efficient solutions.

LED colour temperature is not simply a technical aspect, but a dynamic tool that enhances creativity and functionality in the creation of exceptional lighting environments.

 

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Luz directa

Backlight

eficiencia

Efficiency lm/W

Luminous efficiency or luminous efficacy (lm/W) is the measure for evaluating the performance of light sources, especially in the context of technologies such as LED luminaires.

This indicator is defined, for example, as the quotient or ratio between the luminous flux of a lamp, measured in lumens, and the electrical power consumed.

Lighting sustainability

Less energy, more light

When a light source, such as LED lamps, operates with high luminous efficiency and adequate power, it means that it is generating more light with less electrical energy.

This efficiency is essential because energy that is not converted into light is dissipated as heat. Consequently, higher luminous efficiency means less energy wasted in the form of heat and higher efficiency in terms of luminous flux emitted.

Luminous efficiency formula

Luminous efficiency (lm/W) is calculated by dividing the luminous flux, expressed in lumens, by the power consumed, measured in watts. This simple but powerful formula gives us a direct quantitative indicator of how much light is produced for each unit of electrical energy used.

In other words, the formula is expressed as:

Luminous Efficiency (lm/W) = Luminous Flux (lm) / Power Consumption (W)

Understanding each component of this equation is essential.

Luminous flux represents the total amount of visible light emitted by the light source, measured in lumens.

On the other hand, the power consumed is the amount of electrical energy used by the light source, measured in watts.

Luminous efficiency therefore gives a clear picture of how much light is being produced for each watt of electricity consumed.

Practical applications

Luminous efficiency examples

Understanding the luminous efficiency of LEDs is fundamental to the design of efficient and sustainable lighting systems.

Traditional incandescent bulb:

  • Luminous flux: 800 lumens
  • Power Consumption: 60 watts
  • Luminous Efficiency: 800/ 60 = 13.33 (lumens per watt lm/W)

High efficiency LED:

  • Luminous flux: 1200 lumens
  • Power Consumption: 10 watts
  • Luminous Efficiency: 1200/10 = 120 lm/W


High pressure halogen floodlight

  • Luminous flux: 500 lumens
  • Power Consumption: 50 watts
  • Luminous Efficiency: 500/50 = 10 lm/W

More advanced technologies, such as LEDs, tend to offer much higher luminous efficacies compared to older technologies, such as incandescent lamps or halogen bulbs.


Higher luminous efficacy indicates that more light is being generated with less energy consumption, which is essential for efficient and sustainable lighting.

Responsibility for efficiency, sustainability and innovation

At Actilum, we recognise the importance of luminous efficiency as a key element in creating state-of-the-art lighting solutions.

Our dedication to luminous efficiency and performance translates not only into the careful selection of technologies such as high-performance LEDs, but also into the intelligent design of lighting systems that maximise light output while minimising energy consumption.

We are constantly looking for ways to improve the luminous efficiency of our products, adopting technological innovations and design strategies that optimise the balance between luminous flux and energy consumption.

This approach not only aligns with today’s sustainability standards, but also ensures that our customers experience lighting solutions that go beyond conventional efficiency.

Specialised advice on your LED lighting projects

At Actilum, we understand that every project has unique requirements. That’s why our team of experts not only provide leading LED luminous efficacy products, but also offer expert advice.

Measurable results

We believe in the importance of measuring results. That’s why we implement accurate metrics to evaluate the luminous efficiency of our projects.

This not only allows us to ensure optimum performance, but also gives our customers peace of mind that they are investing in lighting solutions with real and measurable impact.

Our commitment

Our commitment to sustainability goes beyond luminous efficiency. We consider aspects such as the lifespan of our products, the use of environmentally friendly materials and the responsible management of resources.

We are firmly committed to leading the way towards a future where lighting is not only efficient, but also environmentally friendly.

We are available for questions regarding this and other topics related to your new lighting projects.

 

Ejemplo de eficiencia luminosa (lm/W)

Lumen

Lumen meaning: unit of the International System of Measurement, which is used to quantify luminous flux. A precise measure of the luminous intensity emitted by a light source..

Lux and lumen

Technical lighting concepts

Lumen as a seemingly simple concept is often intertwined with another term: Lux (lx).

 

It is important to understand the difference between lumen vs. lux for an accurate technical understanding in the field of lighting.

 

Mathematical relationship
Lux is equal to lumen per square metre

The relationship between lumen and lux is remarkable for its mathematical simplicity.

 

One lux is equivalent to one lumen per square metre. This direct connection between the two units enables an effective assessment of lighting in quantitative and technical terms.

 

The mathematical relationship between lux and lumen per square metre is essential to understand how the light emitted directly affects a specific surface.

 

Lux (lx), being the unit of illuminance measurement, provides valuable information about the amount of light incident on a given area. This concept becomes even more significant when it is recognised that one lux is equivalent to one lumen per square metre.

 

Practical example

 

To illustrate this, consider a practical example: if a lamp emits 500 lumens and that light is evenly distributed over an area of 1 square metre, the illuminance at that point would be 500 lux.

 

 

This direct relationship allows lighting professionals to precisely calculate the amount of luminous flux emitted by a light source to meet the specific requirements of a space, thus ensuring optimal levels of visible light.

 

The lumen-to-lux ratio per square metre is also critical in the design of efficient and customised lighting systems.

 

By understanding this connection, engineers can adjust the power of the light sources and their distribution to achieve uniform and appropriate illumination according to the particular needs of each environment.

 

 

This mathematical approach provides a quantitative basis for informed decision making in the design and implementation of lighting projects, ensuring not only a well-lit environment, but also efficient energy utilisation.

 

Ultimately, the lux-to-lumen ratio per square metre is not only a technical component, but a key tool for optimisation and efficiency in the field of lighting.

 

Lumen and Lux as fundamentals for optimal performance in technical lighting

Lumen and lux are two intrinsically connected but distinct concepts in the world of technical lighting.

 

Understanding the connection between the two units establishes a robust basis for the planning and realisation of lighting projects, ensuring efficient results and optimal luminous efficacy.

 

Our focus is on excellence and innovation.

We are committed to providing lighting solutions with the highest quality standards.

 

At Actilum, we are committed to focusing on efficiency and advanced technology as we seek to provide lighting solutions that excel in performance, while promoting sustainability and well-being.

 

Our approach translates into a constant refinement of products that are aligned with the principles of energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.

 

We work to integrate innovations that not only improve lighting performance, but also contribute to the creation of more sustainable and comfortable environments.

 

At Actilum, the mission to light the future involves not only providing high quality light, but also leading the way towards responsible solutions that benefit communities and the planet.

 

We are available for questions about your next project!

 

Consumption

Relationship between consumption and price kw/h

In the contemporary world, electricity consumption has become a fundamental aspect of our daily lives, shaping the way we use and understand energy.

In this context, the term Electricity Consumption is an essential element in understanding the magnitude of our energy footprint.

We will examine the definition and importance of this concept, as well as recent changes to energy labelling in the European Union that have transformed the way we assess the efficiency of our electrical devices.

In addition, we will dive into the specificity of energy efficiency in lighting products, deciphering how our everyday choices can influence not only our bills, but also environmental sustainability.

What is the definition of this concept?

 

Kilowatt hours (kw/h)
Electricity consumption is defined as the amount of energy or power demanded during a specific period. The unit of measurement used to quantify this consumption is the kilowatt-hour (kW/h). This term refers to the energy consumed or power used during one hour.

It is essential to understand and efficiently manage our resources by knowing how much energy we use and how long we use it for.

In the dynamic landscape of electricity consumption, the price per kilowatt hour (kWh) is positioned as a determining factor.

Electricity prices fluctuate on the regulated market, directly influencing the electricity tariffs applied to our electricity consumption.

The unit of measurement, kilowatts (kW), plays a central role in the electricity bill, reflecting both consumption and the associated fixed price.

In this context, time discriminating tariffs introduce a strategic dimension, adjusting electricity prices according to the time zone.

Exploring PVPC tariff options and understanding variations in electricity prices throughout the day becomes essential to optimise consumption and efficiently manage costs.

Ultimately, making informed decisions about electricity tariffs and energy consumption translates directly into a more balanced electricity bill.

PVPC

PVPC is the acronym for Voluntary Price for the Small Consumer. This electricity tariff system, common in Spain, sets electricity prices in a regulated manner and applies to domestic consumers and small businesses.

Under the PVPC, prices vary throughout the day, reflecting supply and demand in the wholesale electricity market. This variability allows users to benefit from lower tariffs at times of lower demand, thus encouraging efficient management of electricity consumption and adaptation to market conditions.

The implementation of the PVPC aims to provide transparency and fairness in pricing for residential consumers and small businesses.

Changes to the energy label

From 1 March 2021, the European Union has implemented significant changes to the energy label, with the aim of optimising understanding and efficiency.

The “A+++, A++ and A+” categories for products were eliminated, establishing a common scale ranging from A to G. This measure aims to provide a clearer and more consistent classification for all rescaled products.

See EU article

These changes not only simplify decision-making for consumers, but also drive manufacturers to improve the efficiency of their products.

Energy rating

In the specific case of lighting products, efficiency plays a crucial role in determining their energy rating.

The rule applied is based on luminous efficacy, measured in lumens per watt (lm/W). How much light a device produces in relation to the amount of energy consumed is the key factor for its classification.

This means that, when choosing a luminaire or any other lighting device, we are not only considering how bright it is, but also how much energy it consumes to provide that light.

Choosing the right product

Opting for more energy-efficient products not only benefits our wallet in the long run, but also contributes to sustainability and reduced environmental impact.

Understanding electricity consumption and energy efficiency is essential in today’s age.

The revision of the energy label in the European Union is a significant step towards simplification and the promotion of more efficient products.

By considering efficiency in lighting and other devices, we not only make informed choices, but also contribute to a more sustainable future.

Our commitment

Actilum is distinguished by its strong commitment to sustainability in all aspects of its operations and products.

From design to manufacturing, the company integrates eco-efficient practices to minimise its environmental impact.

We strive to develop lighting solutions that are not only aesthetically appealing and functionally advanced, but also environmentally friendly.

The use of cutting-edge technologies and meticulous attention to energy efficiency are tangible examples of our contribution to building a more sustainable future.

In addition, the company is committed to informing and educating its customers about the importance of making conscious choices regarding electricity consumption and lighting efficiency, thus fostering a community committed to the preservation of the ecosystem.

We are at your disposal for any questions you may have.

Energy rating according to consumption in lm/W

etiqueta-energetica-A

≥ 210 lm/W

etiqueta-energetica-B

De 185 a 210 lm/W

etiqueta-energetica-C

De 160 a 185 lm/W

etiqueta-energetica-D

De 135 a 160 lm/W

etiqueta-energetica-E

De 110 a 135 lm/W

etiqueta-energetica-F

De 85 a 110 lm/W

etiqueta-energetica-G

< 85 lm/W

Voltage

Mesure et potentiel dans les circuits électriques

La tension, également connue sous le nom de différence de potentiel, apparaît comme une grandeur physique essentielle qui mesure la disparité du potentiel électrique entre deux points.

Tension électrique

La tension électrique est configurée comme une force qui fait circuler le courant dans le contexte des systèmes électriques. Nous abordons cette grandeur d’un point de vue technique et analytique, en reconnaissant le caractère unique de chaque différence de potentiel.

Une évaluation approfondie de ces différences est effectuée pour garantir l’efficacité de la mise en œuvre des projets dans le domaine de l’électricité.

Types de tension

Il existe deux principaux types de tension : la tension continue, présente dans les batteries et les circuits électroniques, et la tension alternative, caractérisée par une onde sinusoïdale et courante dans les systèmes de distribution d’électricité.

La capacité à comprendre et à manipuler les tensions continues et alternatives est essentielle dans les domaines de l’électrotechnique et de l’électronique.

Une mesure précise

Voltmètres

Pour quantifier la tension avec précision, on utilise des outils spécialisés tels que le voltmètre. Ces instruments de mesure permettent d’évaluer l’ampleur de la différence de potentiel et fournissent des informations précieuses pour la conception et la maintenance des systèmes électriques. La précision des mesures est essentielle pour garantir des performances fiables et sûres.

Unité de mesure

Volt

Le volt est l’unité de mesure SI qui quantifie la différence de potentiel électrique entre deux points d’un circuit électrique. Un volt est défini comme l’énergie consommée par un courant électrique d’un ampère traversant une résistance d’un ohm.

En termes plus simples, le volt mesure la force ou la pression avec laquelle le courant électrique circule dans un système. Il est essentiel pour comprendre et gérer le comportement électrique dans divers appareils et applications.

Analyse des variations de tension

Dans chaque projet, Actilum ne se contente pas de reconnaître ce qu’est la tension électrique en tant que grandeur physique, mais l’aborde avec une compréhension profonde et une attention méticuleuse.

Les variations de tension désignent les oscillations de l’amplitude de la différence de potentiel électrique dans un circuit. Ces variations, mesurées en volts, peuvent être positives ou négatives et sont essentielles pour comprendre la stabilité et les performances des systèmes électriques.

Loi d’Ohm

La loi d’Ohm établit la relation fondamentale entre le courant électrique (I), la résistance électrique (R) et la tension (V) dans un circuit électrique.

Selon cette loi, le courant (I) qui traverse un conducteur est directement proportionnel à la tension appliquée (V) et inversement proportionnel à la résistance (R) du conducteur.

La formule mathématique qui représente la loi d’Ohm est I = V/R.

En d’autres termes, le courant augmente avec une augmentation de la tension ou diminue avec une augmentation de la résistance. La loi d’Ohm est essentielle pour comprendre et calculer les relations électriques dans les circuits et constitue un outil fondamental dans l’ingénierie électrique et électronique.

Sources d’énergie

Dans les systèmes d’éclairage, les sources électriques jouent un rôle essentiel en fournissant l’énergie nécessaire aux luminaires. Quelques sources électriques courantes utilisées dans les systèmes d’éclairage sont décrites ici :

Alimentations conventionnelles

Ces sources alimentent en électricité les luminaires classiques, tels que les ampoules à incandescence ou les lampes fluorescentes. Elles fonctionnent à des tensions et des courants spécifiques en fonction des besoins de chaque type de luminaire.

Pilotes de LED

Spécifiquement pour l’éclairage par LED, les pilotes régulent le courant et la tension fournis aux diodes électroluminescentes (LED), assurant ainsi leur fonctionnement efficace et durable.

Alimentations régulées

Ils fournissent un courant constant et stable, essentiel pour les luminaires sensibles aux variations de l’alimentation électrique. Ils contribuent à maintenir des performances constantes et efficaces.

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Actilum™ Spectrum

Actilum Spectrum is the part of our lighting laboratory that is responsible for creating tailor-made light spectra to suit the specific needs of each application.

 

The tailor-made light allows us to:

 

  • Accelerate plant growth and development.
  • Create more natural spaces prioritizing human health and well-being.
  • Improve the skin, eliminate stains, sterilize…
  • Highlight the textures of materials and fabrics.
  • Highlight white clothes and fluorescent inks.
  • Enhance the visual aspect of food.
    (fish, meat, fruits and vegetables)
  • Precisely adjust the lighting for professional make-up.
  • Reduce errors in machine vision systems.(laboratories and automated production)

 

And much much more.

Tailor-made spectra adapted for:

PLANTS

HUMANS

HEALTH

TEXTURES

PRODUCTS

FOOD

MAKEUP

A.I. VISION

High Efficiency

In order to reduce energy consumption without losing luminosity, Actilum has designed the High Efficiency technology.

 

Our systems are characterized by their simplicity and robustness, they are also 40% more efficient than conventional LED systems and use 30% less electronic components.

 

We have increased the amount of copper in their circuits to reduce voltage drops and offer a longer lifespan than the rest.

 

High Efficiency means 40% less heat, which translates into 40% less energy consumption for the same luminous flux.

High Efficiency Systems vs Conventional

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TM30

It is a new light measurement system created in 2015 where 99 color samples are taken into account, as opposed to the 8 used by the CRI standard.


This system measures:

  • Color fidelity / RF (Real Feel): similarity to reference light
  • Color gamut: saturation index
  • Shape of the gamut: hue and saturation graph


It is represented in a pie chart, where the black circle is the reference light (sunlight), the red circle represents the light to be measured.


If the red circle is inside the black circle it means that the colors are desaturated.


If the red circle is outside the black it means that the colors are oversaturated.

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Circadian

Activate or relax, the light that helps your vital rhythm

This spectrum is programmed throughout the hours of the day to provide a natural light sensation in accordance with our body’s circadian rhythm.

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Spectrum

The electromagnetic spectrum is the energy distribution of all electromagnetic waves.

 

Sunlight is measured in nanometers (nm) with a spectrometer. The maximum visible light for the human eye ranges from 380 nm to 730 nm and perceives the highest luminous flux in the set of green, yellow and amber colors.

Below is ultraviolet (UV) radiation and above is infrared (IR) radiation.

 

Conventional LED light has a high peak in blue and lacks azure and red colors.

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We offer customized spectra according to application:

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HCLa & Plant

Lighting for humans (activation) and plants

Suitable for shared spaces between people and plants where work or activities are carried out (offices, gyms, educational centers…).

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Neon

Highlight the fluorescent inks (Red-Blue)

Spectrum for highlighting fluorescent inks in printing as well as on objects and surfaces.

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Microgreens

Enhances germination and sprout density

Section under development, if you need more information please contact us.

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Rooting

Improves germination and root density

It accelerates germination and prioritizes rapid root growth and the first stage of stems and green leaf.

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Green leaf

Increased density and thickness of stems and leaves

Section under development, if you need more information please contact us.

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CBD Pharma

Improves organoleptic properties (Terpenes)

Section under development, if you need more information please contact us.

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Fruits

Increases fruit production and conservation

Section under development, if you need more information please contact us.

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HCL

The only azure light that cares about your health.

With this light spectrum you can control the activation or relaxation of people through the suppression (activation) or secretion (relaxation) of the hormone melatonin, which controls the circadian rhythm.

Tailor-made spectra according to application

*Request information about our spectra, we respond within 24/36H

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CCT

Correlated Color Temperature

Adjustable spectrum that allows us to balance the color temperature in our system from 2,700ºK to 6,500ºK.

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Display

High informative visual impact

Lighting with low color rendering index and high visual impact to highlight indications, signs, information, prices…

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Textures

Enhancement of details in materials and surfaces

Balanced spectrum throughout the range with very high color rendering. The resulting light is as similar as possible to the sun, it enhances the color and texture of materials.

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Electronics

Increased definition in metallic and plastic materials

Spectrum with deep blue peak to accentuate the metallic and shiny effect of surfaces and products.

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Clothing & Product

Color fidelity + shape definition

High color rendering spectra (90:50) and visual comfort.

Clothing – 3K

Clothing – 4K

Clothing – 5K

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Fruit

Vibrant and saturated colors

This spectrum is designed to enhance the color and freshness of fruits and vegetables, making them look more appetizing and fresh.

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Fish

Increased sensation of freshness

Sección en desarrollo, si necesitas más información ponte en contacto con nosotros.

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Meat

Red pigment enhancement

Under these spectra, the meat has a much fresh appearance, as well as a more attractive color for sale.

Meat – 5K

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Red meat – 5K

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General & Plants

General illumination of spaces with live plants

This special architectural mix provides high CRI lighting while taking into account plant growth.

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Solar Spectrum

The closest light to sunlight

High color rendering spectrum and visual comfort. Ideal for indoor lighting where you want to achieve a natural effect as close as possible to sunlight.

Combines several LEDs with the latest SOLAR 5K technology.

  • Architecture
  • Cosmetics
  • Artificial vision
  • Industrial use (processes)
  • HCL (activation)
  • Horticulture (vegetative)
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Measures

The importance of measurement

The importance of measurement in the world of LED lighting lies in its fundamental role in achieving optimum levels of precision and efficiency.

The types of measurement not only encompass light intensity, but extend to the meticulous assessment of spatial distribution. Every detail counts in the quest for excellence in lighting performance.


Measurement provides accurate data that not only allows the system components to be adjusted, but also ensures uniform and high quality illumination.

Physical quantities

In the broad landscape of physical quantities, it becomes essential for understanding and quantifying various phenomena.


Within the evaluation categories, we find point measurement and matrix assessment, both of which play key roles in obtaining accurate data.

Unit of measurement

To carry out these assessments, a diverse set of measuring instruments is used, each designed to fulfil a specific task.


The international system of units provides the basis for standardising these processes, using globally recognised units.

Measuring instruments

Light measurement

When it comes to quantifying light, a special type of instrument comes into play, the luxmeter. This device makes it possible to evaluate the luminous intensity at a specific point, thus contributing to the analysis and adjustment of lighting in various environments.


In the field of electrical current, another instrument becomes indispensable: the ammeter. This device not only quantifies the electrical current in a circuit, but also provides crucial information to ensure the proper functioning of electrical systems.

Valuation matrix

Matrix measurement, on the other hand, encompasses the understanding of quantities at a set of points, allowing for a more complete perception of large phenomena. This approach is particularly useful in fields such as meteorology and environmental engineering.


The various types of assessment, types of measuring instruments and units of measurement form the universal language for understanding physical quantities.


Whether through a one-off assessment with specialised instruments or through a matrix approach covering a large area, this essential tool allows us to measure and understand the world around us.

Volume units

In the design of LED backlighting systems, volume measurement units play a very important role.

These units allow the spatial distribution of light to be calculated, ensuring uniform illumination and avoiding areas of over- or under-lighting.

Measurement in the design and manufacture of LED backlighting systems is not only a necessary step, but an integral process encompassing several parameters.

The combination of advanced measurement tools and volume measurement units contributes to the creation of high quality, efficient and visually accurate products in the exciting field of LED lighting.

At Actilum we are genuinely committed to design tailored to the needs of each project. We strive to thoroughly understand our clients’ goals and requirements, focusing on specific details.

It is not just about providing lighting, but about being a close partner in the whole process, from conceptualisation to implementation.

We are available for questions about your next project.

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