# Quick Answer: Will LED lights work on DC power?

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LEDs are usually considered to be DC devices, operating from a few volts of direct current. In low-power applications with a small number of LEDs, this is a perfectly acceptable approach, for example in mobile phone handsets, where power is supplied by a DC battery.

## Can LED lights run on DC?

Most LED lamps use a bridge rectifier which immediately turns the AC into DC, which the power converter then turns into the current supply that the LEDs use. So yes, they will run on DC of the proper voltage (not 12 volts).

## Do LED lights work on AC or DC?

In most applications LEDs are driven by a DC power supply. LEDs consume DC current to produce light; with AC current the LED will only be lit when current flow is in the proper direction. AC applied to an LED will cause it to blink on and off, and at high frequency the LED will appear to be lit continuously.

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## Will 12V AC LED run on DC?

There is no such thing as an AC LED. There is a circuit inside which probably incorporates a bridge rectifier and current limiting resistor. If so, it will work just fine on 12 volts DC. Yes, because LED’ s really are a Direct current device light that is hooked up to a circuit.

## Are low voltage LED lights AC or DC?

Regular incandescent bulbs work just fine on either AC or DC, LED’s will work on AC if you don’t overpower them but they will be off 1/2 the power cycle since diodes only allow power to pass one way, though generally they are DC. You will have more voltage loss on long runs with DC.

## Do 12 volt LED lights get hot?

LED lights are designed for a specific voltage, such as 12 volts or 24 volts. … When LEDs are run at a higher voltage they become very hot. The heat can damage the LEDs, or the soldering around them, so they either start flickering, go dim or die entirely.

## What voltage do LED lights run on?

Typically, the forward voltage of an LED is between 1.8 and 3.3 volts. It varies by the color of the LED. A red LED typically drops around 1.7 to 2.0 volts, but since both voltage drop and light frequency increase with band gap, a blue LED may drop around 3 to 3.3 volts.

## Will DC led work on AC?

No. It will need a series current limiting resistor, just as it does for use on DC. And it will only light on the forward biased half of the AC cycle, so you get half brightness, possibly with visible flicker.

## What’s the difference between 12V AC and 12V DC?

12V DC is safer than 12V AC. Body resistance decreased when the 12V AC still may cause the dead, 12V DC will not be in 100%. However, the hazard degree of electric shock to the human body mainly depends on the size of the current passing through the human body and the length of the energization time.

## What will happen if AC power is applied to DC bulb?

Bulb will glow without any problem. A given DC voltage and equal AC rms voltage have the same heating effect. However this holds good in case of incandescent lamps only. LED bulbs and CFLs are designed for AC only.

## Can I use 12V transformer for LED?

FAQ – 12V Transformers and LED Compatibility. Magnetic transformers will generally work with all MR16 LED lights, albeit at the cost of efficiency and extra power consumption as was explored in this FAQ article.

## Can I power 12V AC with 12V DC?

If it is for example, a typical 7812 12V regulator, it needs at least 14V to work properly. If its a lower voltage regulator (say, unlikely 9V or 5V) it might work fine. With AC, current flows through 4 diodes, feeding DC only uses 2. So they have to handle double the current (which may or may not be fine).

## Is a transformer required for LED lights?

All mains powered LED bulbs require a transformer. Depending on the bulb type, the transformer/driver may be built in to the bulb casing or may be located externally.

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## Can you use LED bulbs in low voltage lighting?

While LED bulbs are available to retro fit most low voltage fixtures, the real value in LED comes with the installation of the system. If you have ever looked into replacing light bulbs inside your home with LED bulbs you’ll find it’s more expensive they are and difficult to justify the cost.

## Do 12V LEDs need drivers?

Because LEDs require a constant DC of 12v or 24v, LED drivers are required in all LED systems (except those which are specifically developed to be controlled by mains voltage power supplies such as mains voltage tape or LED bulbs).

## Is 12V AC or DC?

AC means Alternating Current and DC means Direct Current. AC and DC are also used when referring to voltages and electrical signals which are not currents! For example: a 12V AC power supply has an alternating voltage (which will make an alternating current flow).