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App note: Eye safety of IREDs used in lamp applications

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

This application note from OSRAM describes the possible hazards of infrared LEDs (IREDs) used for lamp applications with respect to the IEC-62471 standard and how to classify IREDs according to different risk groups. Link here (PDF) As the radiated optical power of light emitting diodes (LEDs) has increased in recent...

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Metal oxide varistors catch fire in surge protection devices

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Arhi tipped us off to a potential problem in cheap surge protection devices. The metal oxide varistors (MOVs) found in surge protectors are prone to catching fire in cases of extended current surges. MOVs are designed to suck up short surges that might occur on power lines. Unfortunately, in case...

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