29 July 2014
Reactive power: What is it?
Sure you have heard about it, but maybe you have searched in the Internet and found that every explanation about reactive power is very technical.
We all tend to think that the more our electronics work, it will cost us more in our electrical bill, but this is not 100% true, and it’s caused by reactive power.
We are going to try and give you a simpler explanation and also a quicker one to this estrange term that now seems to be such an outspoken topic.
Power in an electric circuit is the rate of flow of energy past a given point of the circuit. In alternating current circuits, energy storage elements such as inductors and capacitors may result in periodic reversals of the direction of energy flow. The portion of power that, averaged over a complete cycle of the AC waveform, results in net transfer of energy in one direction is known as real power. The portion of power due to stored energy, which returns to the source in each cycle, is known as reactive power.
Reactive power’s negative effects.
There are some negative effects produced by consuming this power. The main one is the costs, is the one users worry the most about and is reflected in the power bill. A certain power loss in some of the installations. Possible tension drops that might affect the processes and more overloaded transformers.
Also, this power provokes overloads in the transformer lines and generators without producing a useful workflow.
Therefore it will be necessary to compensate or reduce with a power controller, and that is why LED illumination is recommended. LED tubes have a higher power than 0.9w that way you can optimize your electric installations.
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