Basic Electronics Terminology

Updated at April 24th, 2023

Understanding some basics of electronics is helpful when using LumiLor.

  • Alternating Current (AC) - An electric current which periodically reverses direction. LumiLor requires alternating current to produce light.
  • Batteries - Batteries provide direct current which can be converted to alternating current with an inverter.
  • Boost Converter - is a DC-to-DC power converter that steps up voltage (while stepping down current) from its input (supply) to its output (load).
  • Buck Converter - A buck converter (step-down converter) is a DC-to-DC power converter which steps down voltage from its input (supply) to its output (load).
  • Car Batteries - LumiLor can run directly off of a 12V car battery with the use of an inverter. Consideration should be taken in designing the electronics (i.e. connecting to a separate fuse).
  • Direct Current (DC) - An electric current that flows in one direction.
  • Electronics and Light Output - Variances in frequency and voltage affect the brightness and longevity of LumiLor.
  • Frequency/Hertz (Hz) -Number of occurrences of a repeating event per unit time. Electrical frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz). LumiLor typically runs at a frequency of 400Hz to 1000Hz but has the capacity to run between 50Hz and 2000Hz.
  • Inverter - An inverter converts DC to AC.
  • Power Consumption - LumiLor consumes approximately 1 milli-amp per square inch.
  • Voltage (V)- LumiLor typically runs on voltage between 100V AC and 200V AC but has the capacity to run on voltage between 80V AC and 400V AC.

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