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350mA, 1 watt LEDs

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Bill Bowden, Sep 11, 2003.

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  1. Bill Bowden

    Bill Bowden Guest

    I have some white LEDs made by MAXPHOTON rated at 3 volts and 350mA.
    They are mounted on a 3/4 inch disk with solid aluminum back side, but
    they get fairly warm at 250mA. The model number is XT-D20.

    Is 350mA the maximum rating? or recommended operating current?

    They seem to be very bright (and warm) at 250mA, so I'm wondering if
    it's worth the trouble to add more heat sink to obtain maximum
    brightness?

    How hot can these things get, and how is the lifetime effected
    by current and heat?

    -Bill
     
  2. Go to Don Kilpstin's LED website and look for the info on Lumileds
    Luxeon Star, which seems to be very similar to the ones you have.
    http://members.misty.com/don/ledx.html

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  3. Bill Bowden

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    I found a data sheet on the Luxeon Star at the Luexon website and
    it looks like 350mA is maximum at 25C ambient. They derate the current
    as temperature goes up, it's about 300 mA at 50C ambient. Interesting
    that all the test data is at 350mA. I think I'll just use them around
    280mA which should be safe at 25C ambient. I mounted them each on a
    4 square inch aluminum plate and they barely get warm.

    -Bill
     
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