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23 Apr, 2020 1516 Views Author: LISUN

Flicker Comparison and Test Methods of Various Light Sources

Almost all types of lamps is easy to flicker, including incandescent lamps, halogen lamps, and even LED bulbs. But the effect of each light is different. For example, in incandescent and halogen lamps, the filament temperature responds slowly to changes in current, so you will not notice the effect of flicker. For current changes, the LED responds almost immediately, so the blinking will be more noticeable.

At present, the flicker index is commonly used to describe the flicker degree of the light source, the comprehensive flicker percentage and two other variables: light waveform and duty cycle. Among them, the flicker percentage is equal to the difference between the maximum light output and the minimum light output in one switching cycle divided by the sum of the maximum light output and the minimum light output . The lower the flicker percentage (fluctuation depth) and the flicker index, the less flicker or stroboscopic effect caused by the light source.

Type of light source

Flicker percentage

Flicker index

Incandescent lamp



T12 fluorescent tube



Spiral tube compact fluorescent lamp



Double U compact fluorescent lamp(Electric device)



Double U compact fluorescent lamp(Electronic ballast)



Metal halide lamp









Severe flicker LED



                                         Figure Flicker of different kinds of lamp

As can be seen from Figure, due to the use of inductive ballasts and electronic ballasts in dual U compact fluorescent lamps, the flicker percentage is also significantly different, indicating that lighting appliances have a great impact on flicker. In the same situation, the LED will produce heavy flicker, which is also due to the selection of a bad LED driver, which does not have much to do with the LED lamp itself.

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LSRF-3 Lamp Start, Run-up Time and Flicker Test System

LSRF-3 Lamp Start, Run-up Time and Flicker Test System

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