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6 mw/660nm LED

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Tom Bates, Aug 12, 2005.

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  1. Tom Bates

    Tom Bates Guest

    Making the circut to power an LED is a breeze. However, LEDs are rated
    in Mcd(Millicandelas) and I need to get a 660nm red LED such that when
    powered, will produce 6mw of power at the surface of the LED(I assume
    measured with a power meter).

    The question that's not clear is what MCD LED do I use? How many mcd do
    I need?
  2. When you are looking for specific powers, it is often because the
    application requires some calibrated value for an optical need. Why
    is it that you need 6mW of optical power? How precisely does this
    need to be maintained? Could it be 7mW? And your uncertainty about
    where that power is to be measured makes me wonder if you really need
    to know the power at all. What is the application, here?

  3. Tom Bates

    Tom Bates Guest

    I don't mean to be skanky, but that's the power I need to replicate a
    device I have.

    What MCD translates to 6mw of output power measured at surface of LED?
  4. vic

    vic Guest

    You don't have enough information.
    Candelas measure the intensity of the luminous flux. To get the total
    flux you must integrate this value over a sphere around the led. Then to
    get the power you must apply the human eye sensitivity factor 1/683.

    So assuming a uniform intensity i cd (definately not the case for a LED)
    and a solid angle a, the power would be i*a/683.

  5. Most of the really good high intensity 660 nm LEDs have a "luminous
    efficacy of emitted light" around 60-75 lumens per radiated watt, as
    opposed to the 683 for 555 nm yellow-green. So divide by 60-75 instead of


    In my experience, most 660 nm LEDs rated 3500 mcd and of the 5 mm
    diameter I have found to be good ones, producing maybe 4 mW at 20 mA, and
    this gives hope for 6 mW at the 30 mA maximum they are rated for. 3500
    mcd 660 nm 5 mm ones tend to have beams as narrow as possible, usually a
    roughly 6-8 degree hot spot with a 15-18 degree ring around the hotspot.
    Wider beam LEDs with lower mcd could put out the same amount of lumens
    and the same amount of milliwatts.

    - Don Klipstein ()
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