LightsWhat is the Difference between SMD and LED?

September 20, 2021

Light-emitting diodes have been there since the 1960s. LEDs, on the other hand, did not have many practical applications for decades due to their high manufacturing costs. LEDs are now used in a wide range of products, from toys to high-end automobiles. An SMD LED is a surface-mount LED that minimises the size of the light while also increasing the number of colours available in a single LED.



SMD LEDs are mounted on the surface of electronic boards rather than going through them like regular LEDs. Miniaturization is another significant feature of SMD. By shrinking the size of the LED, three LEDs of different colours can be combined into one unit. Red, Green and Blue are the three colours that make a smaller pitch. The resolution and image quality of an LED display, such as a digital billboard, is affected by the pitch (or distance) between pixels. The visual quality improves when only one LED is used to create three colours.


The size of regular LEDs is bigger than that of SMDs. Regular LEDs, on the other hand, offer a lot of uses in terms of cost-effective lighting. Solar-powered lighting solutions for rural areas and underdeveloped countries with unpredictable power supplies are among these applications. Regular LEDs are also a better choice than compact fluorescent lights because they consume less energy and last longer.


Benefits of SMD:

One of the main advantages of SMD LEDs is their tiny size. Despite the fact that standard LEDs are smaller than most other forms of lights, emerging technological devices require increasingly smaller light sources. The efficient utilisation of space is required by hard drives, flash drives, and other computer components. SMDs can provide a light source without taking up a lot of space within devices when space is limited. SMDs improve both outdoor and indoor displays because they help arrange light in tight clusters, resulting in more colours and high-quality visuals.
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