req: 1 watt LED

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  1. umar009

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    how much voltage to connect a 1watt LED with LM317 driver circuit
    (i mean 6v r 9v or 12v)

    thank you
     
  2. retched

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    Whichever you want.

    You will want to use the lm317 as a constant CURRENT regulator.

    Set it for 350ma for max brightness from the 1watt LED.
     
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  4. umar009

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    thank you sirs


    i bought a 1 watt led (warm white) and i use LM317 as a constant CURRENT regulator, the confusion is how much supply giving to the circuit to maximum brightness and LED long life.

    thank you sir
     
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    You will find that info on the 317 datasheet.

    The voltage doesn't matter per-se.

    You need enough voltage to turn on the led around 3.5v and enough voltage for the regulator.

    9v should be plenty.

    http://www.national.com/ds/LM/LM117.pdf
     
  6. R!f@@

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    Umer Farooq I presume
     
  7. thatoneguy

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    If you aren't experienced in electronics, there are "Buck Pucks" that have everything you need to run an LED from a higher voltage supply at 350mA.

    They are switching regulators, and the LED circuit overall would use a lot less power than with the LM317 linear regulator, which would get warm/hot depending on input voltage.

    What is the application of this? Will there be more than one LED? Is it for a flashlight, room light, strobe, etc? There may be even better options than these.
     
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