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Flicker of Modern Lighting Technologies Due to Rapid Voltage Changes

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CIRCE, Universidad de Zaragoza, C/ Mariano Esquillor 15, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain
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Communications Engineering Department, University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU, Alameda Urquijo S/N, 48013 Bilbao, Spain
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Energies 2019, 12(5), 865; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12050865
Received: 9 January 2019 / Revised: 25 February 2019 / Accepted: 26 February 2019 / Published: 5 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Power Quality: Monitoring, Mitigation, and New Types of Disturbances)
The purpose of the present paper is to evaluate the sensitivity of modern lighting technologies to different types of RVCs. In order to do that, 27 modern lamps—mainly LED—have been subjected to real RVCs and their response has been assessed. The detection of RVCs on the grid has been performed according to the IEC 61000-4-30 detection method, while the response of the lamps has been measured with a light flickermeter and characterized using the instantaneous flicker perception, as defined in IEC 61000-4-15. The obtained results show a high dispersion in the response of the modern lighting technologies and high values of flicker perception, although with a lower sensitivity than the incandescent lamp. The results led the authors to propose the definition of a new immunity test to be added to the lamp immunity protocol IEC TR-61547-1, to ensure that newly produced lamps cause limited irritation to grid users. View Full-Text
Keywords: power quality; rapid voltage changes; flicker; voltage fluctuations; energy-efficient lighting; light flickermeter power quality; rapid voltage changes; flicker; voltage fluctuations; energy-efficient lighting; light flickermeter
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Lodetti, S.; Azcarate, I.; Gutiérrez, J.J.; Leturiondo, L.A.; Redondo, K.; Sáiz, P.; Melero, J.J.; Bruna, J. Flicker of Modern Lighting Technologies Due to Rapid Voltage Changes. Energies 2019, 12, 865.

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