The ultimate goal of this project was to create a functional LED based lighting system. For this project, it was important that the LED lamp be able to output the same amount of light as a 32 watt T12 fluorescent lamp. This goal was nearly reached with slightly lower light output. With a more efficient LED, this goal could be reached without consuming more energy. Two lamps were created one with 87 LEDs and one with 210 LEDs.
To determine if the LED lamp was compatible with the fluorescent, the light output was measured at fixed intervals. Both the fluorescent lamp and the LED lamp were attached at a fixed height. Then two degree increments were marked on the floor using the simple tan law. Light was measured with an illuminance meter. Four tests were performed using this method. The first was a measurement of the fluorescent lamp. The second was a measurement of the LED lamp undiffused. Following this test it was determined that the light should be diffused to ensure that the room was evenly lit. The third test was the diffused LED lamp. Then a test was performed with the diffuser over the fluorescent lamp to determine the efficiency of it.
Once it was determined that there was not enough LEDs in the original 87 LED design, the same tests were performed with 210 LEDs.
If you are interested in the results of these tests, check out the results page where you will find charts and graphs containing the information obtained from these experiments.