The Resurgence of the War of Currents

→ Its time to RE-THINK ENERGY using Smart Digital DC Power and Energy Control

When you think of AC/DC, do you think of Thunderstruck or Tesla and Edison?  While they all share electricity in common, the latter two are legendary rivals who’s struggle for electrical supremacy has recently seen a resurgence.  We’re not talking about Tesla Inc.’s electric cars or the new trend in Edison bulbs either. This conflict goes back to the 1880’s when Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison were embroiled in a battle now known as the War of the Currents.

DC was first developed by Edison, while his competitor Tesla developed alternating current.  Direct current was the standard in the U.S. during the early years of electricity.  Unfortunately, Edison’s system could not supply electricity to rural areas in the U.S., leaving the void to be filled by AC competitors

Their competition came to a climax during the Chicago World’s Fair, also known as the World’s Columbian Exposition, which took place at the height of the Current War in 1893.  General Electric bid to electrify the fair using Edison’s direct current lost to George Westinghouse, who said he could power using Tesla’s alternating current.

Alternating current had all but obliterated direct current but in recent years we are seeing a renaissance.

Almost 50% of demand from homes and businesses is low voltage (computers, TVs, LEDs, solar cells). Since direct current is more stable, companies are finding ways of using direct current to transport electricity long distances with less electricity loss.

So, it appears the War of the Currents may not be over yet.

→ Starting somewhere

In-building low voltage DC system that powers natural DC devices directly without having to have an AC/DC conversion, this is one of the major components of the DC change.

Just like how Edison started with the lightbulb, the starting point for DC change is already happening in lighting with LED.

→ Advantages to central AC/DC conversion:

  • Improvement in electrical efficiency
  • Improvement in lighting efficacy (lumen per watt)
  • Lower infrastructure costs (systems can use Class 2 wiring)
  • Much easier maintenance (all drivers are located centrally)
  • 18 times less flicker than traditional LED lighting

The results can be condensed into two main elements:

  1. 7-8% electrical efficiency improvement
  2. 30% efficacy improvements (higher lumen per watt)

→ Additional benefits to smart DC systems

Using DC energy allows for panels to integrate with the smart capabilities we are coming to expect from all of the systems in our homes and businesses:

→ About us

iLLUMA-Drive provides digital solutions that will revolutionize the way we control and consume our power for the future. We plan to reinvent the use of power through our unique solutions– Digital Smart DC Power and Energy Management.

The Electrical Federation of Canada (ELECTROFED) has reported on how the electrical industry is changing with these key points on the future direction of the industry:

  • The switch to low voltage DC is already happening
  • Innovation and technology are driving this change
  • The benefits are clear with 30% plus energy savings

→ How can you be a part of this change?

We are now setting up training for both installers and resellers within the electrical and lighting industry for those who want to take advantage of this our system.

We provide comprehensive training, a full demo kit, and a dedicated set of resources which will help you sell and install our systems.

For more information on training, click HERE