PCBs For LED Lighting Applications

JHYPCB excels in PCB fabrication and assembly services catered to the LED industry.

LED lighting is developing rapidly, replacing traditional incandescent and fluorescent lights in many lighting applications. LED fixtures are efficient, long-lasting, and enable more innovative designs. As the technology progresses, the price-performance ratio of LED lighting products also keeps improving.

However, the reliability and performance of LED lighting rely heavily on the design and manufacturing quality of the circuit boards. Considering the high thermal load of high-power LEDs and driver circuits in LED lighting products, the PCBs used for LED lighting must meet higher requirements to ensure normal and long-term operation of the products.

High-performance PCBs are a critical component in LED lighting products. Choosing an authoritative PCB production partner not only gets high quality products, but also gains design and application expertise to help LED manufacturers shorten the time to market and reduce design and quality risks.

We welcome LED lighting customers to contact us for high-standard PCB manufacturing and SMT assembly services.

PCB for LED Lighting Applications

Types of PCBs Used in LED Lighting Products

LED lighting products typically utilize several different types of PCBs to meet their functional and performance requirements. From metal core PCBs that provide thermal management for high-power LEDs, to RF and driver circuit boards enabling wireless control and intelligent lighting, to switch mode power supply PCBs delivering efficient and reliable power for the LEDs. The following are some common types of PCBs used in LED lighting applications:

Metal Core PCBs (MCPCB)

  • MCPCBs contain metal materials like aluminum or copper as a thermal sink and dielectric layer in the circuit board.
  • They effectively dissipate heat produced by high-power LEDs.
  • MCPCBs allow LEDs to operate at higher currents for increased brightness.
  • Important PCB parameters like circuit layouts, dielectric materials are optimized for heat transfer.

Radio Frequency (RF) PCBs

  • RF PCBs facilitate wireless control of LED lights via Bluetooth, WiFi, or custom protocols.
  • They contain high-frequency analog circuits and antennas for wireless communication.
  • Good RF design practices are followed for circuit layouts to prevent signal loss and interference.

Driver PCBs

  • LED driver PCBs supply regulated current to power LED arrays and meet dimming and control requirements.
  • They have high density traces and components to condition voltage/current from power supply.
  • Driver PCBs may contain microcontrollers and digital interfaces for intelligent lighting.

Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS) PCBs

  • SMPS PCBs efficiently step down and transform the voltage for LED drivers.
  • High switching frequencies used require robust PCB layout and component selection.
  • Parameters optimized to meet international safety and EMI standards.

PCB Requirements for LED Lighting

To ensure reliable long-term performance and meet necessary safety standards, LED lighting PCBs must satisfy stringent thermal, electrical, and environmental requirements. High-power LED light sources, complex driver electronics, and the need for ingress protection necessitate specialized PCB designs. Here are the key areas that PCB manufacturers must address for LED lighting applications:

Thermal Management

  • LED lighting PCBs must conduct heat away from sensitive components to cooler areas.
  • Use of thermal vias, pads, conductive layers to create heat transfer paths to copper tracks, metal core layers.
  • The right dielectric materials like metal core PCBs, ceramic PCBs for maximum heat dissipation.
  • Thermal analysis to optimize board layout, weight and performance.

High Current and Voltage

  • Sustained high currents for driving multiple LEDs can go up to 10A.
  • Input voltages can vary from 12V to 480V needing robust trace designs.
  • PCB layout done to ensure reliable conduction of high voltages and currents.
  • Safety standards for electrical spacing and isolation requirements met.

Environmental Protection

  • LED luminaries used in outdoor and humid areas should have conformal coating on PCBs for protection against environmental threats.
  • Thermal Interface Material (TIM) also applied between LED modules and heat sinks for heat transfer.
  • Meeting the right IP rating for water and dust protection critical

Our LED Lighting-focused PCB Manufacturing Expertise

Meeting the demanding PCB requirements for LED lighting products requires specialized manufacturing expertise and capabilities. From advanced thermal management solutions to environmental protection and automated inspection, LED lighting PCB manufacturers must have robust processes in place. Here are some of the key areas of expertise we possess for LED lighting PCB manufacturing:

MCPCB and Thermal Substrates

  • Extensive experience in designing and fabricating metal-based PCBs for LED applications.
  • In-house engineering capabilities for thermal analysis and MCPCB design review.
  • Management procedures for raw material sourcing, fabrication and quality control of MCPCBs.
  • Capability to work with various base metal materials – aluminum, copper, etc.

Conformal Coating for Protected PCBs

  • Automated conformal coating line for acrylic and silicone compound coating.
  • Coating thickness verification tools to validate environmental protection.
  • Functional testing of boards pre and post coating processes.

Automated Optical Inspection

  • High speed optical inspection performed for quality checks and defect identification.
  • Images compared against reference PCB data for accuracy.
  • Achieves superior detection over traditional manual visual inspection.

In-Circuit Test (ICT)

  • Tests boards loaded with components using test fixture to probe and measure outputs.
  • Validates overall board functionality against schematics.
  • Meet superior test coverage through custom test software.

UL Certification Support

  • Assist clients with UL testing requirements for LED lighting PCBs.
  • Guidance to design and construct per UL standards for safety.
  • Priority scheduling of UL certification testing and inspections.

Get a Free Quick Quote

Our LED Lighting PCB Assembly Capabilities

In addition to advanced PCB fabrication, dedicated assembly expertise is crucial for LED lighting products that integrate high power components and require stringent quality standards. An experienced LED lighting PCB assembly partner provides the following key capabilities:

SMT Assembly

  • High speed SMT lines optimized for LED component placement and soldering.
  • Support for miniature components like 01005 chips and microBGAs.
  • Advanced optical inspection and X-ray capabilities.
  • Automated solder paste printing and glue dispensing.

High Power Component Assembly

  • Manual and automated processes for through-hole components like connectors, busbars, and LED modules having special thermal and alignment requirements.
  • Selective wave soldering of mixed SMT and through-hole assemblies.

Thermal Interface Application

  • Dispensing thermally conductive pads, greases between PCBs and heat sinks to transfer heat from LEDs.
  • Achieve thermal impedance matching between surfaces.
  • Automated precision material dispensing ensuring repeatability.

Lighting Product Integration

  • Assembly and integration of additional components like light guides, optics, housings.
  • In-line testing of finished luminaries before shipment.
  • Final functional testing, burn-in tests of all parameters.

Partner with Us for LED Lighting PCBs

As a leading PCB manufacturer specializing in LED lighting solutions, we offer a comprehensive set of advantages when you partner with us. From custom-tailored designs to continuous innovation, our expertise spans the entire product development cycle. Here are the key reasons to choose us as your LED lighting PCB partner:

Flexible, Custom PCB Fabrication

  • Engineers work closely with customers to deeply understand product requirements
  • Design, fabricate and assemble PCBs customized for each unique LED lighting need
  • Offer optimal price-performance tradeoffs

Manufacturing Know-How

  • Extensive experience with high-density interconnect PCBs and reliable SMT assemblies
  • In-depth knowledge of LED thermal management complexities
  • Skilled guidance on design, material selection and testing

Complete Production Support

  • Comprehensive services from prototyping through production and component sourcing
  • Single point of contact streamlining the entire manufacturing process

Continuous Improvement

  • Enhancing techniques based on customer feedback and lessons learned
  • Staying up-to-date with advances in PCB technology and LED lighting trends

Contact Us for LED Lighting PCBs

f you are looking for an expert PCB manufacturing partner for your next generation LED lighting boards or assemblies, please reach out to us. We are excited to explore how we can help address your specific product needs.

You can contact us directly by email at sales@pcbjhy.com. Please feel free to share project details or technical requirements with our engineering staff to determine how we can provide optimal solutions.

We offer competitive pricing for prototypes through high-volume production. LED lighting companies can rely on our highly responsive customer support team to get quick answers throughout the partnership.

JHYPCB - Leading High-Quality, Quick-Turn PCB Manufacturing

At JHYPCB, we are a premier PCB manufacturer providing one-stop PCB fabrication and assembly services to meet the diverse needs across multiple industries. With years of experience and cutting-edge capabilities, we deliver high-quality, quick-turn PCB solutions tailored to each application’s unique requirements.

Our Core Expertise:

  • High-reliability PCBs for demanding applications
  • Wide range of PCB technologies: HDI, rigid-flex, RF/microwave, thermal boards, and more
  • Advanced manufacturing processes: high-density interconnect, buried/blind vias and more
  • Fast prototype to production cycle times
  • Strong engineering support from quote to delivery

Whether you need prototypes for new product development or high-volume PCB production, JHYPCB is your trusted partner. Explore our PCB capabilities for your industry below.

Industries Served

Scroll to Top