The Top 10 Most Popular Power Management Technical Articles of 2013

December 09, 2013 //By Paul Buckley
The Top 10 Most Popular Power Management Technical Articles of 2013
Power management issues focusing on modern lighting technologies, energy harvesting and Smart Energy such as the ZigBee's Smart Energy Profile 2.0 standard were all topics for the most popular technical articles of 2013.

Here in time-honored reverse order are the top ten most popular Power Management technical articles of 2013. Here is your chance to enjoy them again.

10. How compact fluorescent lamps work - and how to dim them

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are replacing incandescent light bulbs at a rapid rate due to their tremendous energy savings and longer lifetime. Additional energy savings can be achieved by dimming, but the electronic ballast required to control the lamp has a higher cost and is difficult to design. This article written by Tom Ribarich of  International Rectifier explained how a CFL works, how to dim them, and describes a solution for 3-way dimming applications.

9. Cooling without a fan

Steve Elliott of XP Power examined the issues surrounding why you should try to avoid using a fan to cool a power supply.

8. Power Factor and Solid State Lighting - Implications, Complications and Resolutions

Lighting comprises approximately 17.5% of global electricity consumption. As the world transitions from incandescent to solid state lighting (SSL) technology, utilities and government regulatory agencies worldwide are concerned that, as this large segment of the consumption base switches to SSL, it will increase infrastructure costs. This is due to the reactive nature of LED-based solid state lighting, which results in higher distribution currents that adversely affect power factor (PF) and, in turn create a larger demand on the power grid explained Hubie Notohamiprodjo of iWatt,

7. Power supply grounding - which camp are you in?

Robert Kollman posed the question which camp are you in when it comes to the power supply grounding debate?

6. An overview of ZigBee's Smart Energy Profile 2.0 standard

Srinath Balaraman and Anil Khanna of Mentor Graphics provided an overview of the Smart Energy Profile 2.0 (SEP), an emerging standard in the smart energy market, being developed by the ZigBee Alliance.

5. Understanding grounding, shielding, and guarding in high impedance applications

James Niemann of


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