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LED SUPPORT led tube light Ecora 1.2-6K

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ecora12-6k presents a 120 cm long led tube light with high efficicacy.

This article shows the measurement results. Many parameters are also found in the Eulumdat file.

See this overview for a comparison with other light bulbs.

Summary measurement data

parameter meas. result remark
Color temperature 6761 K Cold white
Luminous intensity Iv 567 Cd Measured straight underneath the lamp
Illuminance modulation index 18 % Measured straight underneath the lamp. Is a measure for the amount of flickering.
Beam angle 120 deg 120º for the C0-C180 plane (crossing length direction of the tube) and 116º for the C90-C270 plane (length direction). This is virtually the same value.
Power P 16.1 W
Power Factor 0.93 For every 1 kWh net power consumed, there has been 0.4 kVAhr for reactive power.
THD 19 % Total Harmonic Distortion
Luminous flux 1807 Lm
Luminous efficacy 112 Lm/W
CRI_Ra 72 Color Rendering Index.
Coordinates chromaticity diagram x=0.3072 and y=0.3334
Fitting FL-tube This Tube Light is connected directly to the grid voltage of 230 V AC.
PAR-value 5.0 μMol/s/m2 The number of photons seen by an average plant when it is lit by the light of this light bulb. Value valid at 1 m distance from light bulb.
PAR-photon efficacy 1.0 μMol/s/We The toal emitted number of photons by this light, divided by its consumption in W. It indicates a kind of efficacy in generating photons.
S/P ratio 2.1 This factor indicates the amount of times more efficient the light of this light bulb is perceived under scotopic circumstances (low environmental light level).
L x D external dimensions 1198 x 30 mm External dimensions of the lamp. Length is without pins.
L x W luminous area 1178 x 24 mm Dimensions of the luminous area (used in Eulumdat file). This is equal to the dimensions of the surface of the plate on which the leds are mounted.
General remarks The ambient temperature during the whole set of measurements was 23-25 deg C. The temperature of the tube get about 15 degrees hotter than ambient.

Warm up effect: during the warm up time there is no significant dependency of the illuminance nor consumed power.

Voltage dependency: the power consumption and illuminance do not vary significantly when the voltage is varied from 200 – 250 V.
Some additional photos at the end.

Measurement report (PDF) olino-pdf
Eulumdat file olino_eulumdat Right click on icon and save the file.

Overview table

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The overview table is explained on the OliNo website.

Please note that this overview table makes use of calculations, use this data with care as explained on the OliNo site. E (lux) values are not accurate, when within 5 x 1178 mm ≈ 6000 mm. Within this distance from the lamp, the measured lux values willl be less than the computed values in this overview as the measurements are then within the near field of the lamp.

Eulumdat light diagram

This light diagram below comes from the program Qlumedit, that extracts these diagrams from an Eulumdat file. It is explained on the OliNo site.

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The light diagram giving the radiation pattern.

It indicates the luminous intensity around the light bulb. The direction or plane C0-C180 cuts the lamp in the direction crossing the length direction of the tube, and the C90-C270 plane cuts the lamp in the length direction.

Illuminance Ev at 1 m distance, or luminous intensity Iv

Herewith the plot of the averaged luminous intensity Iv as a function of the inclination angle with the light bulb.

ecora12-6k_pp_avg

The radiation pattern of the light bulb.

This radiation pattern is the average of the light output of the light diagram given earlier. Also, in this graph the luminous intensity is given in Cd. These averaged values are used (later) to compute the lumen output.

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Intensity data of every measured turn angle at each inclination angle.

This plot shows per inclination angle the intensity measurement results for each turn angle at that inclination angle. There normally are differences in illuminance values for different turn angles. However for further calculations the averaged values will be used. When using the average values per inclination angle, the beam angle can be computed, being 120º in the C0-C180 plane and 116º in the C90-C270 plane.

Luminous flux

With the averaged illuminance data at 1 m distance, taken from the graph showing the averaged radiation pattern, it is possible to compute the luminous flux. The result of this computation for this light spot is a luminous flux of 1807 Lm.

Luminous efficacy

The luminous flux being 1807 Lm, and the power of the light bulb being 16.1 W, yields a luminous efficacy of 112 Lm/W.

Electrical properties

A power factor of 0.93 means that for every 1 kWh net power consumed, a reactive component of 0.4 kVAr was needed.

Lamp voltage 230 VAC
Lamp current 75 mA
Power P 16.1 W
Apparent power S 17.2 VA
Power factor 0.93

Of this light bulb the voltage across ad the resulting current through it are measured and graphed. See the OliNo site how this is obtained.

ecora12-6k_u_i_waveforms

Voltage across and current through the lightbulb

This waveforms have been checked on requirements posed by the norm IEC 61000-3-2:2006 (including up to A2:2009). See also the explanation on the OliNo website.

ecora12-6k_harmonics

Harmonics in in the current waveform and checked against IEC61000-3-2:2006

There are no limits for the harmonics for lighting equipment <= 25 W.

The Total Harmonic Distortion of the current is computed as 19 %.

Temperature measurements lamp

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Temperature image of an overview of the tube light measured.

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Measurement of the temperature on the tube light.

The emissivity of the tube cover itself is close to the emissivity of the masking tape used, seen that the reported temperature values of two spots close to one another give the same results.

status lamp > 2 hours on
ambient temperature 24 deg C
reflected background temperature 24 deg C
camera Flir BCAM
emissivity 0.95(1)
measurement distance 0.1 m
IFOVgeometric 0.4 mm
NETD (thermal sensitivity) 100 mK

(1) The emissivity is set at 0.95 which is close to the value of the masking tape used.

The tube gets no warmer than warm-to-the-touch.

Color temperature and Spectral power distribution

ecora12-6k_powerspectrum_at_1m_distance

The spectral power distribution of this light bulb, energies on y-axis valid at 1 m distance.

The measured color temperature is about 6750 K which is cold white.

This color temperature is measured straight underneath the light bulb. Below a graph showing the color temperature for different inclination angles.

ecora12-6k_cct_function_of_incl

Color temperature as a function of inclination angle.

The measurement of CCT is measured for inclination angles up to 70º as beyond that angle the illuminance values are very low (< 5 lux).

The beam angle is maximally 120º, meaning a 60º inclination angle. In this area most of the light is present. The variation in correlated color temperature in this area is ≈ 7 %.

PAR value and PAR spectrum

To make a statement how well the light of this light bulb is for growing plants, the PAR-area needs to be determined. See the OliNo website how this all is determined and the explanation of the graph.

ecora12-6k_par_spectra_at_1m_distance

The photon spectrum, then the sensitivity curve and as result the final PAR spectrum of the light of this light bulb

parameter value unit
PAR-number 5.0 μMol/s/m²
PAR-photon current 16.1 μMol/s
PAR-photon efficacy 1.0 μMol/s/W

The PAR efficiency is 65 % (valid for the PAR wave length range of 400 – 700 nm). So maximally 65 % of the total of photons in the light is effectively used by the average plant (since the plant might not take 100 % of the photons at the frequency where its relative sensitivity is 100 %).

S/P ratio

The S/P ratio and measurement is explained on the OliNo website. Here the results are given.

ecora12-6k_s_and_p_spectra_at_1m_distance

The power spectrum, sensitivity curves and resulting scotopic and photopic spectra (spectra energy content defined at 1 m distance).

The S/P ratio is 2.1.

More info on S/P ratio can be found on the OliNo website.

Chromaticity diagram

ecora12-6k_chromaticity

The chromaticity space and the position of the lamp’s color coordinates in it.

The light coming from this lamp is inside the area designated with class A. This Class A is an area that is defined for signal lamps, see also the OliNo website.

Its coordinates are x=0.3072 and y=0.3334.

Color Rendering Index (CRI) or also Ra

Herewith the image showing the CRI as well as how well different colors are represented (rendered). The higher the number, the better the resemblance with the color when a black body radiator would have been used (the sun, or an incandescent lamp). Practical information and also some critics about the CRI can be found on the OliNo website. Each color has an index Rx, and the first 8 indexes (R1 .. R8) are averaged to compute the Ra which is equivalent to the CRI.

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CRI of the light of this lightbulb.

The value of 72 is lower than 80 which is considered a minimum value for indoor usage.

Note: the chromaticity difference is 0.0051 indicates the distance to the Planckian Locus. There is no norm yet that states what the max deviation from white light is allowed to be. A reference with signal lights as a reference is given in the chromaticity diagram.

Voltage dependency

The dependency of a number of lamp parameters on the lamp voltage is determined. For this, the lamp voltage has been varied and its effect on the following light bulb parameters measured: illuminance E_v [lx], the lamppower P [W] and the luminous efficacy [Lm/W].

ecora12-6k_voltagedependency

Lamp voltage dependencies of certain light bulb parameters, where the value at 230 V is taken as 100 %.

The illuminance and consumed power do not vary significantly when the voltage is varied.

When the voltage at 230 V varies with + and – 5 V, then the illuminance varies < 0.1 %, so when abrupt voltage changes occur this effect is not visible in the illuminance output.

Warm up effects

After switch on of a cold lamp, the effect of heating up of the lamp is measured on illuminance E_v [lx], the lamppower P [W] and the luminous efficacy [lm/W].

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Effect of warming up on different light bulb parameters. At top the 100 % level is put at begin, and at bottom at the end.

The warm up time is about 30 minutes. During that time the the illuminance decreases with 5 %.

Measure of flickering

An analysis is done on the measure of flickering of the light output by this light bulb. See the OliNo site for more information.

ecora12-6k_flicker_waveforms

The measure of fast illuminance variartion of the light of the light bulb

parameter waarde eenheid
Flicker frequency 100.0 Hz
Illuminance modulation index 18 %

The illuminance modulation index is computed as: (max_Ev – min_Ev) / (max_Ev + min_Ev).

Photos

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Zoomed in on the leds.

ecora12-6k_zoom2

Side view of leds.

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