LED Lighting ballast reference design for T8 tubes

LED Lighting ballast reference design for T8 tubes

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DER-287 is a single-stage converter built around LNK409EG, a member of the LinkSwitch-PH family of LED driver ICs. Single-stage technology greatly increases product lifetime by eliminating the opto-isolators and large aluminum electrolytic input bulk capacitors required by conventional two-stage solutions.

According to Andrew Smith, product marketing manager at Power Integrations, it is extremely difficult to achieve power conversion efficiencies above 88% in a T8 tube form factor unless a single-stage topology is used. "Most regions require either low THD or high PF in commercial and industrial lighting installations – specifications that the LinkSwitch-PH LED driver IC easily meets, enabling designs that can be used worldwide," Smith added.

In addition to the highly integrated monolithic design that combines controller, driver, and switching MOSFETs into a single package, Power Integrations’ LinkSwitch-PH family features a number of protection features, including over-temperature and over-current protection. Thus, very few external components are required to implement the solution.

This new design example report (DER-287) can be downloaded from the Power Integrations website at The LinkSwitch-PHvideo, data sheet, application notes, and other design examples are available on the company’s website at

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