What is COB LED? What are these LED strips used for? 

COB LED lamp

LED technology does not stand still, but is constantly innovating and improving. COB LED strips are a good example of how Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting is slowly improving. 

COB LEDs are a form of lighting that perhaps not everyone thinks about every day. But without knowing it, you will probably have come across it many times. For both commercial and industrial use, the use of COB LED strips is becoming increasingly popular. 

But what exactly is COB LED, and how does the technology differ from other commonly used types of LED strips (such as SMD or DIP)? In this overview, we will discuss the meaning of the term COB, explain how the product works, what it is commonly used for and its main advantages. 

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What is a COB LED bulb (Meaning)

In LED lighting, the abbreviation COB stands for "Chip On Board", a unique lighting technology mainly used in LED strips. COB LED strips use a large number of very small LED light sources, which are placed so close together that they are indistinguishable from each other. 

Individual LED units of COB LED strips are no longer visible as individual light sources in an LED strip, but the many small LED lamps produce their light as one uniform, powerful light source. COB LED lights are placed in direct contact with the substrate to provide an efficient, uniform array of LED lights. 

The term COB (Chip on Board) refers to the way the LED unit is produced. It is characterised by a very high density of LED light sources that cannot be distinguished from each other with the naked eye. Basically, these are placed together in a round shape. 

LED technology uses a phosphor coating, whose chemical composition provides a specific type of light and a unique colour temperature. The chip in COB LED strips produces light with a blue colour, which the phosphor coating converts to a white colour. 

What is COB LED used for?

COB LED technology is used in a wide range of diverse functions. It has slowly but surely become the standard for lighting applications that require high brightness in a relatively small illumination area. 

This makes COB LED a popular technology in various forms of lighting fixtures. Think of applications such as recessed spotlights, track lighting, or floodlights, for example. But they are also used for car lights. 

Industry also likes to use COB LED. Growers in horticulture requiring a specific light spectrum benefit greatly from the flexibility of lighting technology. Road construction and street lighting also like to take advantage of its high efficiency. 

Furthermore, COB LED is also widely used in different types of products. Think of torches, light strips, as well as medical and scientific lighting. 

Main advantages of COB LED light

COB LED technology helps save a huge amount of space in the small area that LED lighting uses to produce light. This brings with it a series of advantages, which enable the aforementioned features of COB LED. 

The main advantages of COB LED lighting over other LED technologies include the following factors: 

  1. Brightness: COB delivers a noticeably brighter light. This provides greater brightness and makes the LED technology a higher lumen output than similar LED technologies. 
  1. Compactness: Despite the improvement in brightness, this is performed on a smaller area. As a result, LED lamps using COB technology are a lot smaller in size, making them easier to integrate into different types of lamps. 
  1. Heat management: Heat can disperse better because of the way the LED chip is constructed. COB LED lighting often has very good heat regulation due to this construction, which minimises the risk of overheating and can help prolong its lifespan. 
  1. Flexibility: More lighting designs and luminaires can use COB due to the compactness of the technology. Also, the quality of light is better when switching to different light colours. 
  1. Glare: COB technology helps minimise glare from LED due to its unique design. Because LED light sources are placed very close together, the light can be distributed more evenly and uniformly. As a result, lighting comfort is much better. 

COB vs. SMD vs. DIP

Compared to alternatives such as Surface-mounted device (SMD) and Dual In-line Package (DIP), the density of the light sources is higher, so the maximum lumen count will be better with COB LED strips. As a result, higher quality luminance can be achieved on a smaller area. 

Compared to SMD LED strips, COB LED strips can contain 8.5 times more LED light sources on the same surface area. Comparing COB LED lighting with DIP LED strips, the density of LED light sources is as much as 38 times greater. 

Those going for the maximisation of brightness and flexibility of LED lighting always choose COB LED technology for this reason. SMD or DIP LED lights also have their raison d'être, but the output of lumen count on a smaller area is basically better with COB LED. 

COB LED: a new generation of LED technology

Whereas previously we mainly saw LED lighting in which individual light points were still visible, this is no longer the case thanks to the emergence of COB LED technology, among others. Advances in LED quality provide a wide range of applications and benefits. 

Thanks to the high brightness and compactness of the so-called "Chip On Board" LEDs has improved efficiency and the functionality of LED technology in a broad sense. LED strips of this kind can fit a large amount of light points in a very small area. 

Also at AdvantageLED, there are different types of LED products available that use the compact, bright COB LED technology. We would like to invite you to visit our online shop to see what is possible in terms of LED products. 

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