Pushing LEDs to the limit
Spehro Pefhany email (remove spam text)
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>I suspect it might be different with white LEDs, as the phosphor may have
It's actually worse because white (blue) LEDs have relatively high internal
resistance, so the heating increases greatly at high peak currents
(Vf is not constant)
See the attached graphs of luminosity vs. current and max current vs.
duty cycle for a high-quality white LED. At 20mA luminosity is 1.0
at 100mA it is only 3.5, not 5 or greater.
Lower perceived light output at the same average current, and lower
maximum permissible current due to the heating (10% maximum at 100mA
compared to 100% maximum at 30mA (Ta = 25'C)- it's *clearly* a losing game.
Not even close to break even.
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