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Peeler
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Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:45 am   



On Thu, 20 Dec 2018 10:53:42 +1100, cantankerous trolling geezer Rot Speed,
the auto-contradicting senile sociopath, blabbered, again:

> You don't even see a problem with dashcams.

We see what a problem retarded trolls like the two of you present!

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Peeler
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Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:45 am   



On Thu, 20 Dec 2018 10:56:35 +1100, cantankerous trolling geezer Rot Speed,
the auto-contradicting senile sociopath, blabbered, again:


Quote:
They wont be. They would have to have extra to synch
to the mains and there is absolutely no reason to do that.


No lights could be as synched as you two inseparable trolling prize idiots!
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William Gothberg
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Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:45 am   



On Wed, 19 Dec 2018 23:56:35 -0000, Rod Speed <rod.speed.aaa_at_gmail.com> wrote:

Quote:


"William Gothberg" <"William Gothberg"@internet.co.is> wrote in message
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On Wed, 19 Dec 2018 16:18:29 -0000, Mark Lloyd <not_at_mail.invalid> wrote:

On 12/19/18 5:23 AM, William Gothberg wrote:
Do switch mode power supplies flicker in time with mains? Specifically
LED power supplies in commercially available domestic lamps. By in
time, I don't mean at the same 50/60Hz, but anchored to it. I.e. if you
have several such lamps each with their own built in supply, will they
all flicker in time, using the mains frequency to keep them in time, or
will they be random, making the room overall not flicker due to them all
being random? And is there any way I can test this? I tried taking
photos of them, but my camera only goes as fast as 1/2000th of a second,
which shows all the lights at the same brightness each time, I suspect
the flicker is above 2000Hz.

I once had an audio amplifier with a solar cell rather than a microphone
for the input transducer. This made it possible to listen to light. The
sun is steady, incandescent lights (AC powered) hum.

That was 40 years ago. Maybe something like that would work today.

The trouble is I want to compare 2kHz+ from one light with 2kHz+ from a
neighbouring light and see if they're in sync.

They wont be. They would have to have extra to synch
to the mains and there is absolutely no reason to do that.


Agreed.

William Gothberg
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Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:45 am   



On Wed, 19 Dec 2018 23:53:42 -0000, Rod Speed <rod.speed.aaa_at_gmail.com> wrote:

Quote:


"William Gothberg" <"William Gothberg"@internet.co.is> wrote in message
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On Wed, 19 Dec 2018 16:21:41 -0000, Mark Lloyd <not_at_mail.invalid> wrote:

On 12/19/18 6:01 AM, William Gothberg wrote:

[snip]

They probably are fairly crude. I know they flicker, for example if I
use my cordless drill, the chuck appears to spin the wrong way under the
LED lighting.
I remember seeing that with a washing machine (under fluorescent
lights). As the tub was slowing down, the row of holes around the tub
would appear to reverse direction. Same thing with (spoked) wagon wheels
in movies.

It looks absolutely ridiculous with modern cars with LED headlights in
films. How hard can it be to put a smoothing capacitor on the output of
the power supply?

No point when the only thing that has a problem is videos.

You don't even see a problem with dashcams.


You should. Surely they operate in a similar way to movie cameras?

William Gothberg
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Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:45 am   



On Wed, 19 Dec 2018 23:53:42 -0000, Rod Speed <rod.speed.aaa_at_gmail.com> wrote:

Quote:


"William Gothberg" <"William Gothberg"@internet.co.is> wrote in message
news:op.zt920ry6o5piw3_at_desktop-ga2mpl8.lan...
On Wed, 19 Dec 2018 16:21:41 -0000, Mark Lloyd <not_at_mail.invalid> wrote:

On 12/19/18 6:01 AM, William Gothberg wrote:

[snip]

They probably are fairly crude. I know they flicker, for example if I
use my cordless drill, the chuck appears to spin the wrong way under the
LED lighting.
I remember seeing that with a washing machine (under fluorescent
lights). As the tub was slowing down, the row of holes around the tub
would appear to reverse direction. Same thing with (spoked) wagon wheels
in movies.

It looks absolutely ridiculous with modern cars with LED headlights in
films. How hard can it be to put a smoothing capacitor on the output of
the power supply?

No point when the only thing that has a problem is videos.


It's fucking annoying watching them on TV.

> You don't even see a problem with dashcams.

There's a damn big problem with distracting drivers. Anyone with decent sight can see it.

Rod Speed
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Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:45 am   



"William Gothberg" <"William Gothberg"@internet.co.is> wrote in message
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Quote:
On Wed, 19 Dec 2018 16:34:11 -0000, whisky-dave <whisky.dave_at_gmail.com
wrote:

On Wednesday, 19 December 2018 16:21:43 UTC, Mark Lloyd wrote:
On 12/19/18 6:01 AM, William Gothberg wrote:

[snip]

They probably are fairly crude. I know they flicker, for example if I
use my cordless drill, the chuck appears to spin the wrong way under
the
LED lighting.
I remember seeing that with a washing machine (under fluorescent
lights). As the tub was slowing down, the row of holes around the tub
would appear to reverse direction. Same thing with (spoked) wagon wheels
in movies.

You can also observe such things using a smartphone that has a high FPS
rate for recodring movie.
I can see the labs lights flicker when I film at 240FPS standard 60 and
everything seems fine.

Everybody seems to constantly cut corners.


What they actually do is only provide
what it makes any sense to provide.

> Lights should just be on, no flicker at all.

None of mine flicker.

Quote:
Fucking annoying if you have decent eyesight, I can see the flicker from
almost everyone's LED tail lights.


Stiff shit for you. You're a freak and get to like that or lump it.

Rod Speed
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Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:45 am   



"Brian Gaff" <briang1_at_blueyonder.co.uk> wrote in message
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Quote:
Well the answer as in many things these days is it depends.
Some are very simple and do have a kind of pulsing taken from ripple on
the mains. Others seem to not do this, indeed poking a phototransistor
connected to an amplifier shows many different results. the same seems to
go for CFLs as well.
You would need to know what circuit they were using etc to figure out why.
One particular led in a stood across the road has a 1khz whine when point
the device at it but modulated onto a 100 hz buzz.

I often wonder if there is some jiggery pokery going on to drive leds hard
for split seconds to make them brighter.


Yes, there is, particularly with the brighter ones like car headlights etc.

Quote:
"William Gothberg" <"William Gothberg"@internet.co.is> wrote in message
news:op.zt9okmwvo5piw3_at_desktop-ga2mpl8.lan...
Do switch mode power supplies flicker in time with mains? Specifically
LED power supplies in commercially available domestic lamps. By in time,
I don't mean at the same 50/60Hz, but anchored to it. I.e. if you have
several such lamps each with their own built in supply, will they all
flicker in time, using the mains frequency to keep them in time, or will
they be random, making the room overall not flicker due to them all being
random? And is there any way I can test this? I tried taking photos of
them, but my camera only goes as fast as 1/2000th of a second, which
shows all the lights at the same brightness each time, I suspect the
flicker is above 2000Hz.



Rod Speed
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Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:45 am   



"William Gothberg" <"William Gothberg"@internet.co.is> wrote in message
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Quote:
On Wed, 19 Dec 2018 18:33:09 -0000, Rod Speed <rod.speed.aaa_at_gmail.com
wrote:



"William Gothberg" <"William Gothberg"@internet.co.is> wrote in message
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On Wed, 19 Dec 2018 12:28:04 -0000, Rod Speed <rod.speed.aaa_at_gmail.com
wrote:



"William Gothberg" <"William Gothberg"@internet.co.is> wrote in message
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On Wed, 19 Dec 2018 11:51:35 -0000, Rod Speed
rod.speed.aaa_at_gmail.com
wrote:

William Gothberg <"William Gothberg"@internet.co.is> wrote

Do switch mode power supplies flicker in time with mains?

No.

Specifically LED power supplies in commercially available domestic
lamps.

None of mine flicker at all.

By in time, I don't mean at the same 50/60Hz, but anchored to it.
I.e.
if
you have several such lamps each with their own built in supply,
will
they
all flicker in time, using the mains frequency to keep them in time,
or
will they be random, making the room overall not flicker due to them
all
being random?

None of mine flicker at all.

And is there any way I can test this?

Yes, Get or make a strobe disk or use
one of the original LP disks that has
a strobe disk on it and see what it looks
like with the lights illuminating it. You'll
get it appearing to freeze when rotating
if the light level is varying in synch with
the mains frequency.

I tried taking photos of them, but my camera only goes as fast as
1/2000th
of a second, which shows all the lights at the same brightness each
time,
I suspect the flicker is above 2000Hz.

Or they don't flicker at all. No reason why a proper
switched mode power supply needs to have any
AC component at all on its output. The cruder
ones may well do.

They probably are fairly crude. I know they flicker, for example if I
use
my cordless drill, the chuck appears to spin the wrong way under the
LED
lighting.

But it's nothing like as low as 50Hz. What I want to know is if the
higher frequency they're flickering at is anchored with the rise of
the
AC
wave.

No its not.

I.e. will all the LED lights in the room flicker at precisely the same
time, or will they be out of synch (due to tolerances in the circuitry
of
each PSU)

Due to it not being synched with the mains, actually.

I meant if the PSUs were absolutely identical,

They never can be.

Yes I know. It was hypothetical.

and all the lights were switched on at the same time (with one
lightswitch), they should remain in synch forever.

Nope, because the frequency at which the PSU works is entirely
determined by the component tolerances when it isnt operating
at 50Hz because it isnt a simple capacitance dropper.

But since there are tolerances in all the components in the PSUs,

Most of the components in the PSU don't determine the frequency
it operates at.

they won't stay in time.

They never will without an explicit design that keeps
the frequency in synch with the mains and there is no
point in the extra components to do that, so they don't.

Which is what I thought.

The only exception is very simple capacitance droppers
that operate at mains frequency and the effect you are
getting with the drill chuck proves that yours arent that.

and fudge the brightness together.

Its not a fudge, it's the lack of synch.

I didn't mean fudge, I meant smudge.

And you should be able to see that by watching
the chuck as you move the drill between lights.
The rate and direction of rotation should change.

Only if the frequency is different, which I doubt as they are all the
same
model.

The frequencys will be slightly different
because of component variation.

I would have thought so, so why is it that in my room with 10 such lights,
I still get flicker.


Because you were silly enough to buy the cheapest
shit when your eyes can see the flicker.

> Shouldn't they fill in each other's gaps?

Nope, because there will always be some places
where something is primarily illuminated by the
one light and so you will see that flicker, even
if ensure you can never see the bulb itself and
I bet you can actually see the bulbs directly.

Quote:
What I need is a way of detecting if they're flashing together.

Like I said, do the drill chuck thing with all the
lights on at night and move the drill between
lights relatively close to the lights.

Just did that and proved nothing. Clearly I get the same effect under
every light, as they'll be pretty similar frequencies.


You should be able to see the visible effect change as
you move the rotating chuck from under one light to
under another, particularly as you go from one to
another with the chuck illuminated by two lights.

Its academic anyway, there is no way that your
cheap leds will be deliberately synched to the
mains, because it costs more to do that.

Quote:
I'm not going to be able to tell the difference between them with
something as simple as a drill chuck.


Yes you are when you can see the strobe effect with the drill chuck.

> Presumably they're something like 1995 Hz, 2001 Hz, 2003 Hz, etc.

Yes.

Quote:
All I can think of to prove it would be a higher speed camera so I can
spot them being on at different times.


And if you had a decent smartphone you could do that
with that, but since you are too stupid to have one...

William Gothberg
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Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:45 am   



On Thu, 20 Dec 2018 01:31:30 -0000, Rod Speed <rod.speed.aaa_at_gmail.com> wrote:

Quote:


"Brian Gaff" <briang1_at_blueyonder.co.uk> wrote in message
news:pvdu3r$oo6$1_at_dont-email.me...
Well the answer as in many things these days is it depends.
Some are very simple and do have a kind of pulsing taken from ripple on
the mains. Others seem to not do this, indeed poking a phototransistor
connected to an amplifier shows many different results. the same seems to
go for CFLs as well.
You would need to know what circuit they were using etc to figure out why.
One particular led in a stood across the road has a 1khz whine when point
the device at it but modulated onto a 100 hz buzz.

I often wonder if there is some jiggery pokery going on to drive leds hard
for split seconds to make them brighter.

Yes, there is, particularly with the brighter ones like car headlights etc.


Those designers need to do more research and realise that a lot of the population have eyesight good enough to detect that flicker and should therefore increase the frequency of the flicker, or they're causing distractions and a danger on the roads.

Quote:
"William Gothberg" <"William Gothberg"@internet.co.is> wrote in message
news:op.zt9okmwvo5piw3_at_desktop-ga2mpl8.lan...
Do switch mode power supplies flicker in time with mains? Specifically
LED power supplies in commercially available domestic lamps. By in time,
I don't mean at the same 50/60Hz, but anchored to it. I.e. if you have
several such lamps each with their own built in supply, will they all
flicker in time, using the mains frequency to keep them in time, or will
they be random, making the room overall not flicker due to them all being
random? And is there any way I can test this? I tried taking photos of
them, but my camera only goes as fast as 1/2000th of a second, which
shows all the lights at the same brightness each time, I suspect the
flicker is above 2000Hz.



Rod Speed
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Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:45 am   



"William Gothberg" <"William Gothberg"@internet.co.is> wrote in message
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Quote:
On Wed, 19 Dec 2018 23:53:42 -0000, Rod Speed <rod.speed.aaa_at_gmail.com
wrote:



"William Gothberg" <"William Gothberg"@internet.co.is> wrote in message
news:op.zt920ry6o5piw3_at_desktop-ga2mpl8.lan...
On Wed, 19 Dec 2018 16:21:41 -0000, Mark Lloyd <not_at_mail.invalid> wrote:

On 12/19/18 6:01 AM, William Gothberg wrote:

[snip]

They probably are fairly crude. I know they flicker, for example if I
use my cordless drill, the chuck appears to spin the wrong way under
the
LED lighting.
I remember seeing that with a washing machine (under fluorescent
lights). As the tub was slowing down, the row of holes around the tub
would appear to reverse direction. Same thing with (spoked) wagon
wheels
in movies.

It looks absolutely ridiculous with modern cars with LED headlights in
films. How hard can it be to put a smoothing capacitor on the output of
the power supply?

No point when the only thing that has a problem is videos.

You don't even see a problem with dashcams.

You should.


But you don't.

> Surely they operate in a similar way to movie cameras?

It must be more complicated than that, most likely with the shutter time.

Rod Speed
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Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:45 am   



"William Gothberg" <"William Gothberg"@internet.co.is> wrote in message
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Quote:
On Wed, 19 Dec 2018 23:53:42 -0000, Rod Speed <rod.speed.aaa_at_gmail.com
wrote:



"William Gothberg" <"William Gothberg"@internet.co.is> wrote in message
news:op.zt920ry6o5piw3_at_desktop-ga2mpl8.lan...
On Wed, 19 Dec 2018 16:21:41 -0000, Mark Lloyd <not_at_mail.invalid> wrote:

On 12/19/18 6:01 AM, William Gothberg wrote:

[snip]

They probably are fairly crude. I know they flicker, for example if I
use my cordless drill, the chuck appears to spin the wrong way under
the
LED lighting.
I remember seeing that with a washing machine (under fluorescent
lights). As the tub was slowing down, the row of holes around the tub
would appear to reverse direction. Same thing with (spoked) wagon
wheels
in movies.

It looks absolutely ridiculous with modern cars with LED headlights in
films. How hard can it be to put a smoothing capacitor on the output of
the power supply?

No point when the only thing that has a problem is videos.

It's fucking annoying watching them on TV.


Doesn't annoy me.

Quote:
You don't even see a problem with dashcams.

There's a damn big problem with distracting drivers. Anyone with decent
sight can see it.


Clearly it doesn't annoy them enough to matter or they
arent as stupid as you and don't get annoyed by it.

Rod Speed
Guest

Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:45 am   



"William Gothberg" <"William Gothberg"@internet.co.is> wrote in message
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Quote:
On Thu, 20 Dec 2018 01:31:30 -0000, Rod Speed <rod.speed.aaa_at_gmail.com
wrote:



"Brian Gaff" <briang1_at_blueyonder.co.uk> wrote in message
news:pvdu3r$oo6$1_at_dont-email.me...
Well the answer as in many things these days is it depends.
Some are very simple and do have a kind of pulsing taken from ripple on
the mains. Others seem to not do this, indeed poking a phototransistor
connected to an amplifier shows many different results. the same seems
to
go for CFLs as well.
You would need to know what circuit they were using etc to figure out
why.
One particular led in a stood across the road has a 1khz whine when
point
the device at it but modulated onto a 100 hz buzz.

I often wonder if there is some jiggery pokery going on to drive leds
hard
for split seconds to make them brighter.

Yes, there is, particularly with the brighter ones like car headlights
etc.

Those designers need to do more research and realise that a lot of the
population have eyesight good enough to detect that flicker


In fact fuck all of them do and they clearly don't themselves.

Quote:
and should therefore increase the frequency of the flicker, or they're
causing distractions and a danger on the roads.


Clearly those that set the standards for cars know otherwise.

You're just a freak.


Quote:
"William Gothberg" <"William Gothberg"@internet.co.is> wrote in message
news:op.zt9okmwvo5piw3_at_desktop-ga2mpl8.lan...
Do switch mode power supplies flicker in time with mains? Specifically
LED power supplies in commercially available domestic lamps. By in
time,
I don't mean at the same 50/60Hz, but anchored to it. I.e. if you have
several such lamps each with their own built in supply, will they all
flicker in time, using the mains frequency to keep them in time, or
will
they be random, making the room overall not flicker due to them all
being
random? And is there any way I can test this? I tried taking photos
of
them, but my camera only goes as fast as 1/2000th of a second, which
shows all the lights at the same brightness each time, I suspect the
flicker is above 2000Hz.



Daniel60
Guest

Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:45 am   



Mark Lloyd wrote on 20/12/2018 3:21 AM:
Quote:
On 12/19/18 6:01 AM, William Gothberg wrote:

[snip]

They probably are fairly crude.  I know they flicker, for example if I
use my cordless drill, the chuck appears to spin the wrong way under
the LED lighting.
I remember seeing that with a washing machine (under fluorescent
lights). As the tub was slowing down, the row of holes around the tub
would appear to reverse direction. Same thing with (spoked) wagon wheels
in movies.
... and, in real life, the Mag wheels of some cars seem to be spinning
backwards, dependant on the speed at which the car is travelling!!


--
Daniel

Peeler
Guest

Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:45 am   



On Thu, 20 Dec 2018 14:13:16 +1100, cantankerous trolling geezer Rot Speed,
the auto-contradicting senile sociopath, blabbered, again:

> It must be more complicated than that, most likely with the shutter time.

OTOH, baiting you senile idiots always comes EASY to him! LOL

--
MrTurnip_at_down.the.farm about senile Rot Speed:
"This is like having a conversation with someone with brain damage."
MID: <ps10v9$uo2$1_at_gioia.aioe.org>

Peeler
Guest

Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:45 am   



On Thu, 20 Dec 2018 14:14:58 +1100, cantankerous trolling geezer Rot Speed,
the auto-contradicting senile sociopath, blabbered, again:

Quote:
It's fucking annoying watching them on TV.

Doesn't annoy me.


Let's just agree that BOTH of you idiotic sociopaths keep annoying normally
evolved humans!

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