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High Power LEDs


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Normal Size

Type by Size Power Dissipation If Forward Current Vf Forward Voltage Dominant Wavelength (tc) Luminous Intensity (∮) View Angle
0805 Signal 0.04W 20mA 2-3
1210/3528 (2835) - blue 0.5W 100-180mA 3.3-3.6 (~4) - 450 120
1210/3528 (2835) - white 0.5W  ? 3.3-3.6 (~4) -  ? 120
1210/3528 (2835) - yellow 0.5W  ? 1.8-2.0 -  ? 120
1210/3528 (2835) - green 0.5W  ? 2-2.2 or 3-3.2 -  ? 120
1210/3528 (2835) - red 0.5W 180-300mA 2-2.2 - 620 120

high power LED

  • In condition 3 serial * 3 parallel connection
Type by Size Power Dissipation Forward Current Forward Voltage DominantWavelength (tc) Luminous Intensity (∮) View Angle
1W 350mA 3.15-3.4 6000K-7000K 80-90 120-140
3W 600mA 3.35-3.6 6000K-7000K 110-120 120-140
5W 450mA (wrong data 700mA) 11.0-11.5 (wrong data 5V) 6000K-7000K 300-400 120-140
10W 900mA 9-12V (add 2ohm when use 12V) 6000-7000K 900-1000LM 120-140
20W 500-600mA 32-34V 6000-6500K 1800-2000LM 95 - 105
30W 1000mA (2000 max. Peak) 31-35V 6000 - 7000 2100- 2500LM 95 - 105
50W 1500mA continius (3000 max. Peak) 32-36V 6000 - 7000 3500 - 4000 95 - 105
100W 3000mA (7000 peak) 32-36V 6000 - 7000 8000-8500 95 - 105

Another general info

  • Life Span over 100,000 hours for 10W - 100W LEDs, 50,000 hours for 1-5W LEDs
  • operation temperature -20 ~ 80 degree
  • Storing temperature -30 ~ 100 degree


  • From the datasheet, the operation temperature range is from -20℃ to + 80℃, you should add some extra heat sinks indeed when you run it on full load, put the heat sink underneath the rack, in between the suface of the of the rack and your heatsink, also added some thermal paste which give the heat a better transfer.

Simple LED Drive

Super simple high power LED driver

This Instructable will show you how to built a Constant Current for high power LEDs, using only two components.

High power LEDs are getting cheaper and cheaper, however the constant current drivers, to drive them are pretty expensive.

Here, I'll show you how to built a simple and cheap, yet very effective constant current source.

The image shows the constant current driver hooked up to a 1W white Luxeon LED.

EDIT: This LED driver supports PWM, which means that you can control the brightness of the LED(s). Those fancy and expensive drivers doesn't support that. I'll post some schematics and applications as soon as i have time.

Get the Parts

Here is a list of the the things you'll need.

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Step 2: How it works

The LM317 regulator gives out a constant voltage of 1,25 volts between ADJ and Vout, so by adding a resistor between these two outputs, you'll get a constant current.

Ohm's law says that U/I=R, which means that Voltage divided by Ampere makes resistance.

so if you want to connect one or more luxeon 1W LEDs, which has a power consumption of 350mA, the calculation should look like this: 1,25 (the constant reference voltage of the LM317) divided by 0,350 (the LEDs power consumption) makes 3,57. So if the resistor is 3,57, constant current will be 350mA. The closest E12 value is 3,9 ohms, it will give you a constant current of 321mA. However you can't see any difference in the light output.

If you use 3W LEDs, which has a current consumption of 700mA, the calculation should be: 1,25 divided by 0,7 makes 1,78. The closest E12 value is 1,8 ohms, the output will be 694mA

the resistor must be at least 1W in both calculations.

Although the LM317 is rated for 1,5 Ampere, I wouldn't recommend it for applications that need more than 1 Amperes, because it gets very, VERY hot. the LM350 is equal to the LM317, but it's rated for 3 Amps

Step 3 Assemble it

The constant current source has a drop voltage of 3 V, so the supply voltage should always be 3 V higher than the LED voltage and can be up to 37V which is the maximum input voltage of the LM317.
Example: You are going to connect two white Luxeon LEDs with 3,42 forward voltage each (mostly mentioned as Vf in common datasheets). The input voltage can change from 9,84V (3,42 + 3,42 + 3) till 37V (3,42 + 3,42 + 30,6).
You can connect up to ten high power LEDs to this circuit.
The higher voltage you supply the LM317 with, the hotter it gets. so it wont be a good idea to supply it with unnecessary high voltage.


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Demo Code RGB LED breakout

int redpin = 11;    // select the input pin for the potentiometer
int bluepin =10;      // select the pin for the LED
int yellowpin =9;
int val;
void setup() {
  pinMode(redpin, OUTPUT);
  pinMode(bluepin, OUTPUT);
  pinMode(yellowpin, OUTPUT);
void loop() 
for(val=255; val>0; val--)
   analogWrite(11, val);
   analogWrite(10, 255-val);
   analogWrite(9, 128-val);
for(val=0; val<255; val++)
   analogWrite(11, val);
   analogWrite(10, 255-val);
   analogWrite(9, 128-val);
 Serial.println(val, DEC);


Type of connecot of LED bulb

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Pages in category "LEDs"

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