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    Default Series connection of leds?

    I was wondering how consistent the vf is? My plans is to connect a number of leds in series, lets say 15 rebels in a string. This is fed by a 54vdc regulator at 650ma allowing 3.6v for each led. Do you think some leds will have a bigger or smaller vf than others in this string? I havent been experimenting with leds that much yet and have not much practical experience.
    What problems could I encounter?

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    Join Date
    Nov 2005

    Default Re: Series connection of leds?

    It isnt a good idea driving LEDs, and specially high power ones, by voltage. Slight changes on Vf (for example, due to LEDs heating) lead to large changes on If.

    The recomended way of driving long LED strings is using constant current drivers.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Saskatoon SK Canada

    Default Re: Series connection of leds?

    If they are in series then slight differences in Vf don't matter. They all get the same current which is the important thing. You should have some resistance in series to limit the current for the worst case (i.e. highest) voltage and lowest total Vf (i.e. all LEDs hot).

    When LEDs are in parallel the slight Vf differences can lead to current hogging which can overdrive the low Vf LEDs. But in series there is no equivalent problem.

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