Abstract

Light-emitting diode (LED) technologies are undergoing very fast developments to enable household lamp products with improved energy efficiency and lighting properties at lower cost. Although many LED replacement lamps are claimed to provide similar or better lighting quality at lower electrical wattage compared with general-purpose incumbent lamps, certain lighting characteristics important to human vision are neglected in this comparison, which include glare-free illumination and omnidirectional or sufficiently broad light distribution with adequate homogeneity. In this paper, we comprehensively investigate the thermal and lighting performance and trade-offs for several commercial LED replacement lamps for the most popular Edison incandescent bulb. We present simulations and analyses for thermal and optical performance trade-offs for various LED lamps at the chip and module granularity levels. In addition, we present a novel, glare-free, and production-friendly LED lamp design optimized to produce very desirable light distribution properties as demonstrated by our simulation results, some of which are verified by experiments.

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