Voltage Controlled Current Source Help Needed

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Federov, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. Federov

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    Sep 14, 2010
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    I am building a voltage controlled current source with +/-20V rails, a desired max current of .5A that supports 3 luxeon star LEDs (equivalent resistance approx. 24 Ohms). The circuit will eventually include switches that bypass the LEDs aka make them selectable so the load will vary from about 8-24 Ohms plus BJT and sense resistor resistance. I have read through the forums looking at different versions and so far have built a simple voltage controlled current source with one op-amp as shown below. The R(power-dis) resistor is just to dissipate some of the power so the BJT doesn't have to handle it. Since I have no power BJT's I am currently using PMV30UN N-channel MOSFETs(multiple in parallel still barely meeting power requirements) in place of the BJT in the circuit. I was wondering the advantages/disadvantages of MOSFETs vs BJTs for this build? Also a recommended BJT to get to replace the MOSFET would be nice, looking at simulations the max power dissipated is 5.2W in the transistor with only one LED on. I realize this is a lot and this has been one of my biggest problems all along.. handling power requirements. I would love suggestions on a more precise current source and component selections to handle power requirements. Thanks in advance for the help! Anything/everything is appreciated. =)

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  2. marshallf3

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    National Semiconductor makes a variety of high-power LED driver ICs as do many other companies. Many will sample them for free.

    Perhaps you could work one of these into your requirements.
     
  3. Federov

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    Hello marshallf3,
    Thanks for the response. Since this is a project for school though buying an IC wont be accepted. I wish it was ;).

    Im starting to think I am going to have buy a heatsink for the BJT in the circuit..
     
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