LED Energie LED bulb teardown

LED Energie brand LED bulb with following data stopped to work properly:

230V 50Hz 7W E27

450lm 3000K 60mA 20D

3684 Mod.5161

So lets make a tear-down


There seems to be 20 small LEDs in series inside bulb and one of them burned black. As such this LED string is expected to need around 70V over it. LEDs were soldered to a aluminium circuit board thar was glued to aluminium tube inside plastic lamp base part.

Look at the circuit board

This looks like power supply is basically an RC current limiting (with small coil) followed by rectifier and small electrolytic filtering capacitor. In addition there are 470k bleder resistors to discharge capacitors.

The big resistor is a bit suspect here. According to color code it should be 100 ohms, but multimeter reading says 295 ohms. I suspect that either it has changed value or color code has changed colors due heating.

The RC circuit capacitor was 1.1uF 400V. The filter capacitor after rectifier was 2.2uF 400V electrolytic.

Here is the reverse-engineered circuit disgram:


  1. Christian Real says:

    Yeah Youre right the resistor value is very big that the current and voltage needed by the circuit is not supplied correctly because of that the led will become damaged

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nice analysis of one LED bulb operation and why it failed.
    It seems that failing of my LED bulb has some similarities….

    Old arcing switch killing LED lamps.

    I’ve had two Philips LED lamps of the same type fail for the same reason. Arcing switch contacts. The contacts in these switches were so black that I thought they were burnt and pitted, which would be odd for a relatively low load. It turned out that they were coated

    Arcing contacts are really bad news for capacitive dropper based LED lamps as the dropper capacitors do their best to suppress the electrical noise and in doing so pass much higher current than normal. This stresses the rest of the circuitry and can kill LEDs and inrush/fusible resistors as has happened here.
    This is actually a good demonstration of a typical class X capacitor or a snubber network doing its job.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Another great video, Clive!

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Autopsy of a cremated LED lamp.

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

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    I quite like the current range of LED globes from Poundland and thought it would be quite interesting to see what sort of effect changing the dropper capacitors to different values would have.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

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    Then I tried it on lots of other GU10 LED lamps and just under half of them glowed, with one actually running at a full watt of power!
    The ones that didn’t work probably contain a variant of the BP3102 style chip that has a built in power supply circuit that only kick-starts at a modestly high voltage, so that probably prevents them from starting on 12V. The others tend to have more discrete circuitry that is capable of running on quite low voltages.
    One lamp started quite brightly on 12V but then went out, but still drew a lot of current suggesting that its circuitry had possibly locked up.

    A few of the lamps actually put out useful amounts of light at 12V, so they could theoretically be used as deliberately low level lighting with a 12V battery in the event of a long term power outage.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

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    Note that in real use the 5W lamps are showing signs of heat related failure. So it may be better sticking to the more sensibly rated 3W units.

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    Lamp uses a switching buck regulator that puts out 50V at 100mA and does NOT have an isolated output.

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

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  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

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    traditional electrolytic capacitors tend to fail as their wet electrolyte dries out, and while they keep the same capacitance value their ESR (Equivalent Series Resistance) rises causing ripple and timing issues. However, I’ve always just thought that metallised film capacitors either worked or didn’t. But now I know better.

    But they have an intriguing characteristic sometimes referred to as “self-healing” whereby if a voltage spike exceeds the insulating capability of the insulating (dielectric) film then a tiny spark can arc through, but because the metallisation layer is very thin it tends to just vaporise and clear the fault. But what I’ve discovered here is that over time the metal film can get eroded away to the point that the conductive area is reduced dramatically with a matching reduction in the capacitance value.

    Fortunately this is easily detected simply by measuring the capacitor with a capacitance meter.
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  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

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    Just a couple of the wide range of LED lamps openly sold on ebay that have deliberately exposed solder connections directly referenced to the mains supply. Both lamps in this video have the potential to cause a serious electric shock.

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

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    It’s just a very standard bit of circuitry with the only difference being that some random ones have an electrolytic smoothing capacitor in them.

    Neat Chinese LED lamps part 2

    I took the circuit board out of the smallest unit to see how it compares to the others, and also drew out the schematic.
    I changed the capacitor in one of the lamps to make it dimmer too. A bit too dim actually, but the only cap I had handy was a 220nF one.

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

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    I’m quite enjoying making these test tube based LED lamps, so this one is a super simple resistive dropper version with two 100K resistors, a discrete bridge rectifier and 14 LEDs in series.

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  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

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    There seems to be a lot of this flat wall-power LED tape available on eBay. so I bought some recent stuff to take a closer look at, including the internal circuitry and how it’s made. It’s interesting to note that this is very similar to the traditional round LED tubelight, but the construction is a lot simpler.

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

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    Dangerous LED bulb from an “Auction Site” Fake Britain 4/12/14

    How are these fake? They still contain LEDs, so they’re still led lamps. The CE marks etc. are clearly fake, though´╗┐

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    This could be an ideal base system for customised art-lamps.

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  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

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    This time I took a look at (and into) a “30W” corn LED light bulb from China from Ebay for 3 USD. Can this really be 30W? Is it safe to use? I made some measurements and tests with my wattmeter, multimeter and oscilloscope.

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  35. Tomi Engdahl says:

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    UPDATE: The control chip is BP2839A. The transistor is BPM5001.

  36. Tomi Engdahl says:

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    The lamp has a single round circuit board with nine 5730 (5.7mm by 3mm) single chip LEDs on the front and a typical smoothed capacitive dropper on the back.
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  37. Tomi Engdahl says:

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  40. Tomi Engdahl says:

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  41. Tomi Engdahl says:

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