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Jinren Yan, "A Practical Method to Design ReflectorBased LightEmitting Diode Luminaire for General Lighting", Advances in OptoElectronics, vol. 2018, Article ID 7138592, 10 pages, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/7138592
A Practical Method to Design ReflectorBased LightEmitting Diode Luminaire for General Lighting
Abstract
A reflectorbased lightemitting diode (LED) luminaire structure that can achieve a large cutoff angle for general lighting is presented in this work. The proposed lighting unit mainly consists of a spherical reflector and a primary packaging lens that contains an aspheric surface and a spherical surface. The light rays emitted from the LED light source are well controlled by the spherical reflector and the aspheric surface of the lens for the purpose of obtaining a uniform illumination on the target surface. Both the ideal Lambertian LED and nonLambertian LED light sources were employed to validate the proposed structure and the performance of the designed lighting units was analyzed by optical simulation. The results show that the light utilization efficiencies and the estimated uniformities are 92.96% and 91.11% for ideal Lambertian LEDbased lighting unit and 93.31% and 91.64% for nonLambertian LEDbased lighting unit, respectively. Further analysis shows that the tolerances of horizontal, vertical, and rotational deviation of the both lighting units were about 2.0 mm, 1.0 mm, and 1.0°, respectively.
1. Introduction
After years of development, lightemitting diodes (LEDs) have been widely used in the fields of indoor lighting, road lighting, automobile headlights, backlight of liquid crystal display, and so forth [1–4]. Different from the conventional light sources, such as the incandescent lamp and the fluorescent lamp, the LED light source is a Lambertianlike emitter and the light intensity distribution curve (LIDC) follows a cosine power function [5]. Thus, a secondary optical element is generally needed to redistribute the light energy emitted from LED to meet the specific illumination requirements. Over the past decade, the freeform lenses and the freeform reflectors have been widely used in the design of LED secondary optics in illumination designs [5–10]. In real applications, especially in outdoor lighting, the reflector is considered as an important optical component which can not only be used to modulate the light energy emitted from the light source to achieve specific lighting, but also be employed as the protector of the lighting equipment. However, it is still a challenge to faultlessly control all of the light rays emitted from the LED chip by a single freeform reflector alone. The optimal cutoff angle of the reflector is limited by the LIDC of the LED light source for the case of uniform lighting [11]. For example, for an ideal Lambertian LED, the largest cutoff angle of the freeform reflector is about 45° for uniform illumination [12]. As the cutoff angle of the reflector increased larger than 45°, the uniformity will deteriorate. Such restriction put up some obstacles in using LEDs in the field of general lighting where the cutoff angle of the lighting unit typically defined between 55° and 65° [12, 13].
In this work, a reflectorbased LED luminaire structure which can achieve a large cutoff angle for general lighting is developed and the method for the design of the developed lighting unit structure is presented in detail. The structure of the lighting unit only consists of a spherical reflector and a primary lens which comprises an aspheric surface and a spherical surface. In the proposed lighting unit, the reflector is employed to modulate the side rays with an emitting angle larger than the specified cutoff angle of the lighting unit and the aspheric surface of the primary lens is used to modulate the light rays with an emitting angle smaller than the cutoff angle. Then the uniform illumination on the target surface is formed by superposition of the light energy reflected by the spherical reflector and the light energy modulated by the aspheric surface of the lens.
2. Design Method
In order to obtain a uniform farfield illumination on the target surface, the LIDC of the lighting equipment should comply with the following expression [14]:where represents the luminous intensity distribution of the lighting equipment and is the luminous intensity at φ = 0°. Figure 1 shows the geometrical structure of the developed lighting unit. As depicted in Figure 1, the proposed structure comprises a spherical reflector and a primary lens. One can note that the central part of the lens is an aspheric surface and the side part of the lens is a spherical surface with the center located at the origin O of the coordinates. The LED light source is immersed into the primary lens and also positioned at the origin O of the coordinates [15–17], is the center of the spherical reflector, and R denotes the radius of the reflector. As can be noted from Figure 1, the opening dimension of the spherical reflector equals its diameter. represents the cutoff angle of the lighting unit and it is generally given by designers. denotes the angle between the light ray that will be refracted by the aspheric surface of the lens and zaxis, and is the angle between the corresponding refracted light ray and zaxis. One can note that since the side part of the lens is spherical surface, the light rays will directly pass through the spherical surface of the lens without deflection. Thus, denotes the angle between the light ray that will be reflected by the spherical reflector and zaxis, and is the angle between the corresponding reflected light ray and zaxis.
From the geometrical relationship illustrated in Figure 1, the relationship between the light reflection angle and the lightemitting angle of the side rays can be written as
As illustrated in Figure 1, the lightemitting angle ranges from to π/2. Consider the reflection characteristic of the spherical reflector in this case, the minimum value and the maximum value of the light reflection angle can be obtained when the lightemitting angle reaches π/2 and , respectively. Since the reflection angle of the light ray reflected by the spherical reflector is invariant for a specified emitting angle in this case, the uniform lighting on the target surface should be achieved by redistributing the light energy passing through the aspheric surface of the lens. The right side of Figure 2 shows the diagrammatic sketch of the light energy distribution of the developed lighting unit. According to the geometrical relationship shown in Figure 2, one can note that the light reflection angle equals . As shown in Figure 2, the light energy emitted from the LED light source can be divided into three parts: the first part contains the light energy in the angle range of 0° to and the light energy in this part is refracted to the angle range of 0° to by the aspheric surface of the lens; the second part contains the light energy in the angle range of to and the third part contains the light energy in the angle range of to π/2. The light energy in these two parts is modulated to the angle range of to by the aspheric surface of the lens and the spherical reflector, respectively.
Based on the contents aforementioned and the law of energy conservation, the following two equations can be obtained, respectively:where ρ denotes the reflectivity of the reflector; in this work, it is supposed to be 95%. represents the luminous intensity distribution of the LED light source. represents the luminous intensity distribution of the lighting unit as it is expressed by (1).
To construct the aspheric surface of the lens, the relationship between the lightemitting angle and the corresponding refraction angle should be obtained at first, as shown in the left side of Figure 2. It is noted that shown in the figure represents the preset angle increment of the incident rays and it is set as 0.25° in this work. Then, () can be obtained easily. Using the law of energy conservation and the edgeray principle [18], the following two equations are obtained, respectively:
It is worth noting that (6) implies the condition that equals . Thus (2) could be substituted into (6) to replace . Substituting into (5) and (6), respectively, the corresponding for the angle range of 0° to and the angle range of to could be obtained. After obtaining the relationships between and , the aspheric surface of the primary lens can be easily constructed using the method described in [15].
3. Design Examples
Using the method described in Section 2, an LED lighting unit with a cutoff angle of = 60° was designed as an example. Substituting π/2 and into (2), the minimum angle and maximum angle of the reflected light rays are calculated as 19.5° and 60°, respectively. In the simulation, it is assumed that the LED light source has a dimension of 1.0 mm×1.0 mm. The material of the lens is assumed to be PMMA (Polymethyl Methacrylate) with a refractive index of n = 1.49. It is assumed that the LED light source emits 100 lm light energy and 1.0 million rays were used for simulation. The lighting unit is 5 m away from the target surface.
3.1. Design with Ideal Lambertian LED
For an ideal Lambertian LED, the LIDC of the light source can be expressed aswhere denotes the luminous intensity at φ = 0°. Substituting (1) and (7) into (3) and (4), the parameter and the ratio of to can be attained:Using (8) and (9), the value of parameter and the ratio of to are about 11.6° and 3.08 in this case. Then, substituting (1), (2), (7), (8), and (9) into (5) and (6), one can find the following two expressions, respectively:
It can be seen that, for the angle range of 0° to , can be obtained easily by iteratively substituting into (10). However, the relationship between and in the angle range of to is expressed by (11), which is a nonlinear equation and is solved by using numerical method [19]. It should be emphasized that solving (11) can only get the relationship between and , the corresponding refraction angle of should be obtained by substituting into (2).
Figure 3 shows the calculated geometrical profile of the proposed lighting unit for the ideal Lambertian LED light source and the corresponding geometrical model. The simulation results of the developed lighting unit are shown in Figure 4. Figure 4(a) shows the irradiance map of the developed lighting unit. It can be seen that a uniform illumination is obtained on the target surface. The dot line in the figure represents the slicing position of the slicing chart. Figure 4(b) shows the light intensity distribution of the ideal Lambertian LED and the designed lighting unit; it can be seen that the intensity peak of the designed lighting unit is located at about ± 58° with the light energy sheared almost at ± 60°; the simulation results are in good agreement with expectations.
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The light utilization efficiency, which is defined as the ratio of the light energy within the circle region with the radius of 8660 mm to the light energy emitted from the LED light source, is about 92.96%. The illuminance uniformity, which is defined as the ratio of the minimum illuminance to the average illuminance () on the target region, is estimated as 91.11%.
3.2. Design with NonLambertian LED
Figure (5) shows the LIDC of a nonLambertian LED light source [13]. As shown in the figure, the LIDC of the LED cannot be simply expressed by a simple cosine power function. In general, the LIDCs of the nonLambertian LED light sources can be fitted by a polynomial function [20], Gaussian function, or cosine function [21]. In this study, for the purpose of simple, the polynomial function was employed to represent the LIDC of the nonLambertian LED light source:where () represent the coefficients of the polynominal function. is the luminous intensity at φ = 0°. After curve fitting, the coefficients of the polynomial function used to represent the LIDC of the nonLambertian LED showed in Figure 5 are shown in Table 1, and the attained LIDC model is shown in Figure 5.

Substituting (1) and (12) into (3) and (4), the value of parameter and the ratio of to can be obtained; the obtained results are shown in Table 1. Then these two attained parameter values and (1) and (12) are substituted into (5) and (6), respectively; the relationship between the lighting emitting angle and the corresponding refraction angle can be obtained. It is worth noting that substituting (12) into (4), (5), and (6) will lead to nonlinear equations; thus, the numerical method should be employed to solve these [19].
Figure 6 shows the calculated profile of the lighting unit for the nonLambertian LED light source and the corresponding geometrical model. The simulation results of the nonLambertian LEDbased lighting unit are shown in Figure 7. Figure 7(a) shows the irradiance map of the developed lighting unit. One can note that a uniform illumination is obtained on the target surface. Figure 7(b) shows the angular intensity distribution of the nonLambertian LED and the designed lighting unit, one can note that the intensity peak of the designed lighting unit is also located at about ± 58° with the light energy sheared almost at ± 60°. The light utilization efficiency and the estimated uniformity of the designed unit are about 93.31% and 91.64%, respectively.
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3.3. Tolerance Analysis
The installation error is one of the most important issues for optical system because the optical performance of the optical system will be deteriorated by position deviation of the components. In this work, the tolerance analysis will be focused on discussing the position migration and rotation of the spherical reflector. Figures 8(a), 9(a), and 10(a) show three possible installation errors of the developed two lighting units in real applications, which represent the position migrations of the reflector in horizontal direction (xaxis direction), vertical direction (zaxis direction), and rotational direction (rotate about yaxis), respectively. Figures 8(b), 9(b), and 10(b) show the corresponding effects on the light utilization efficiencies of the two lighting units and the uniformities on the target surfaces. One can note that these three installation errors have little influence on the light utilization efficiencies of the two lighting units. However, the uniformities on the target surfaces are deteriorated as long as any of these three installation errors increases. One can note that the installation deviation Δθ performs the highest sensitivity to the uniformities on the target surface and the deviation of Δx performs the lowest sensitivity. According to the lighting standards, such as GB 50034–2013 “Standard for lighting design of buildings” and EN 12464–1:2002 “Light and lightingLighting of work places,” to meet most of general lighting applications, the illuminance uniformity on the target surface should be greater than 70%. Thus, after checking the simulation results of the two lighting units, the uniformity on the target surface is better than 70% when the installation errors Δx, Δz, and Δθ less than or equal to 2.0 mm, 1.0 mm, and 1.0°, respectively.
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3.4. Discussion
As a comparison, the luminaires with a single freeform reflector and a bare LED light source were designed using the method described in [11]. Figures 11(a) and 11(b) show the geometrical profiles of the freeform reflectors for the ideal Lambertian LED and the nonLambertian LED, respectively. Both of the freeform reflectors have a similar cross section; thus, only the geometrical model of the freeform reflector for the ideal Lambertian LED is showed in Figure 11(c).
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Figures 12 and 13 show the simulation results of the single freeform reflectorbased (SFRB) luminaires for the ideal Lambertian LED and the nonLambertian LED. As shown in these two figures, the illuminance uniformities on the target region are deteriorated a lot compared with the newly developed LED luminaire structure. Table 2 shows the optical performances of the SFRB luminaires and the developed luminaires for both the ideal Lambertian LED and the nonLambertian LED light sources. One can note from the table that the light energy utilization efficiencies of the SFRB lighting units are better than the newly developed lighting units for both LED light sources; however, the uniformities are unacceptable for the SFRB lighting units. Due to Fresnel reflection on the primary packaging lens surface, both of the developed lighting units suffers about 4% more light energy loss compared with the SFRB lighting luminaires, even so, the uniformities of the developed lighting units are much better than the SFRB lighting units.

4. Conclusions
A reflectorbased LED lighting unit structure that can achieve a large cutoff angle for general lighting has been discussed in this work. The unit only consists of a spherical reflector and a primary packaging aspheric lens. All of the light rays emitted from LED light source can be well modulated by the reflector and the aspheric surface of the primary lens. The developed lighting unit structure overcomes the shortcomings that exist in the SFRB lighting unit in which the light energy close to the optical axis of the lighting system cannot be modulated by the freeform reflector and the illuminance uniformity will deteriorate when the cutoff angle of the reflector is larger than 45°. In addition, the freeform surface is only designed in the primary packaging lens which is widely used in LED encapsulation and the reflector is a spherical reflector; the manufacturing cost of the developed luminaire structure does not obviously increased compared with the SFRB luminaire structure.
Data Availability
The data used to support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon request.
Conflicts of Interest
The author declares that there are no conflicts of interest regarding this paper.
Acknowledgments
The author would like to thank the support of the Scientific Research Fund of Yunnan Open University (no. 18YNOU01).
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