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White LED (White Light Emitting Diodes) Circuits
White LEDs:  #'s - D         E - O         P - S         T - Z         LED Circuits

 

Last Updated: October 25, 2017 06:48 AM

Circuits Designed by Dave Johnson, P.E. :
Tool Shed LED Light  -  I have a lean-to 8ft by 12ft shed next to my house.  It is full of lawn chemicals and garden supplies.  There were times when I needed to get something from inside the shed during the dead of night.  Early on I had to use a flashlight.  But later, I installed a series of five 12v LED light strips on the ceiling.  Each strip contained 15 3v white LEDs.  The strip had 5 strings of three LEDs, wired in series, with a 150 ohm current limiting resistor. . . . Circuit by David Johnson P.E.-July 14, 2017

White LED Array that is Lined PoweredThere has been a lot of excitement lately in the lighting industry.  Some companies are beginning to manufacture general lighting fixtures, which replace incandescent and fluorescent lamps, using LED lights.  When proper heat management is designed . . . Hobby Circuit designed by David Johnson P.E.-February, 2010

White LED Driver powered by a 3v BatteryThe circuit below will drive any LED color, including white LEDs, using a DC power supply ranging from 2v to 3.3 v.  White and blue LEDs normally require over 3v, so the circuit below uses a charge pump scheme to deliver a constant LED light intensity from . . . Hobby Circuit designed by David Johnson P.E.-August, 2010

White LED is Powered By One NiMH
Cell
There are a lot of white LED driver circuits floating around.  A popular circuit called the “Joule Thief” can drive one white LED from a single 1.2v or 1.5v battery cell.  Most of these circuits use one or two transistors to form a voltage boost circuit. . . Circuit by Dave Johnson P.E.-September, 2009

White LED Night LightThis simple circuit is designed to plug into a standard AC electrical outlet.    It uses four super bright white light emitting diodes (LED) in conjunction with a capacitor coupled full wave rectifier circuit.  The LEDs are mounted in a box and are angled slightly to bounce the light off of a nearby wall. . . . Hobby Circuit designed by David A. Johnson P.E.-May, 2003

White LEDs powered by 24V24vac is a popular voltage.  It is often used in low voltage lighting systems and industrial controls.  It is much less dangerous than 120vac/240vac line voltages.  The circuit below is one method to efficiently power a cluster of 7 white LEDs from 24vac. . . Circuit by Dave Johnson P.E.-December, 2009

Wig/Wag LED FlasherThis simple circuit will flash two LEDs in an alternating fashion. . . Circuit by David A. Johnson P.E.-December, 2004

Wireless LED FlasherThere are times when you would like to flash a LED through a thick plastic case without wires.  The circuit below performs this feat.  It can be powered from a supply ranging from 3v to 6v.  It draws about 300ua of average current at 5v. . . Circuit by David Johnson P.E.-January, 2011


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Three-Channel White-LED Driver Uses Simple Circuit Step-Down DC/DC Converter -  09/13/12  EDN-Design Ideas Drive multiple LEDs with current mirrors from a single step-down converter.   __ Circuit Design by Nora Jacalan Esteves, Technor Semiconductor LLC, Pleasanton, CA

Tiny Regulators Drive White LED Backlights -  Design Notes 231__ Linear Technology/Analog Devices

Tool Shed LED Light  -  I have a lean-to 8ft by 12ft shed next to my house.  It is full of lawn chemicals and garden supplies.  There were times when I needed to get something from inside the shed during the dead of night.  Early on I had to use a flashlight.  But later, I installed a series of five 12v LED light strips on the ceiling.  Each strip contained 15 3v white LEDs.  The strip had 5 strings of three LEDs, wired in series, with a 150 ohm current limiting resistor. . . . Circuit by David Johnson P.E.-July 14, 2017

Twi-Light using White LEDs -  This sunlight-controlled lamp uses a light-dependent resistor  (LDR) as the sunlight sensor and a total of 25 high-brightness white LEDs.  Separate resistors are connected in series with each row of the...__ Electronics Projects for You

Video Design Idea: Buck regulator controls white LED with optical feedback -  10/25/07  EDN-Video Design IdeasBy using optical feedback, you can stabilize the output level of a high-intensity LED __ Circuit Design by Dhananjay V Gadre, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India

Voltage-to-current converter drives white LEDs -  06/27/02 EDN-Design Ideas Reset generator uses "fleapower" = You sometimes need to drive a white LED from one 1.5V battery.   __ Circuit Design by Susanne Nell, Breitenfurt, Austria

White LED Array that is Lined Powered -  There has been a lot of excitement lately in the lighting industry.  Some companies are beginning to manufacture general lighting fixtures, which replace incandescent and fluorescent lamps, using LED lights.  When proper heat management is designed . . . Hobby Circuit designed by David Johnson P.E.-February, 2010

White LED drive from 1.5V -  How do you get 3.5 volts to drive a white LED when you only have a 1.5v battery? __ Designed by Dick Cappels

White LED Driver -  Efficient circuit runs off 12V and drives up to 30 white LEDs.  It can even switch on automatically when darkness falls.__ SiliconChip

White LED driver backlights LCD & keypA - D -  13-Nov-03 EDN-Design Ideas Designers widely use white LEDs to backlight color LCDs and keypads in handheld devices, such as cell phones, MP3 players, GPS navigators, and PDAs.  Their spectrum and brightness represent near-ideal light sources.  One possible configuration for a phone or a phone/PDA combination is to have a group of three LEDs to light the display and six LEDs for the keypad __ Circuit Design by Fabien Franc, Catalyst Semiconductor, Sunnyvale, CA

White LED driver operates down to 1.2V supply voltage -  09/03/07  EDN-Design Ideas This circuit beats commercially available LED drivers, which bottom out at 2.5V input voltage, by operating at voltages as low as 1V.   __ Circuit Design by Dave Wuchinich, Modal Mechanics, Yonkers, NY

White LED Driver powered by a 3v Battery -  The circuit below will drive any LED color, including white LEDs, using a DC power supply ranging from 2v to 3.3 v.  White and blue LEDs normally require over 3v, so the circuit below uses a charge pump scheme to deliver a constant LED light intensity from . . . Hobby Circuit designed by David Johnson P.E.-August, 2010

White LED driver provides 64 step logarithmic dimming -  10-Jun-04 EDN-Design Ideas The circuit of Figure 1 is designed for portable-power applications that require white LEDs with adjustable, logarithmic dimming levels.  The circuit drives as many as four white LEDs from a 3.3V source and adjusts the total LED current from 1 to 106 mA in 64 steps of 1 dB each.  The driver is a charge pump that mirrors the current ISET (sourced from IC3's SET terminal] to produce a current o __ Circuit Design by William Hadden, Maxim Integrated Products, Sunnyvale, CA

White LED Head Lamp -  A white LED head lamp which can operate with only two AA batteries.  The LEDs are driven in constant current, so that the brightness is maintained until end of battery life.   __ Designed by The Electronic Lives Manufacturing-presented Chan

White LED inductorless drive from 1.5V & 3V -  The operating voltage of white LEDs coupled with my emotional need for low cost for a given function, motivates me to make LED drivers suitable for battery operated lanterns that can run from a small number of cells.  White and Ultraviolet LEDs __ Designed by Dick Cappels

White LED is Powered By One NiMH
Cell
-  There are a lot of white LED driver circuits floating around.  A popular circuit called the “Joule Thief” can drive one white LED from a single 1.2v or 1.5v battery cell.  Most of these circuits use one or two transistors to form a voltage boost circuit. . . Circuit by Dave Johnson P.E.-September, 2009

White LED Light Probe for Inspection -  This circuit is useful for inspecting narrow spaces like the inside of the CPUs, monitors, PCB modules and other electronic devices.  The light source is a pencil-thin tube with ultra-bright white...__ Electronics Projects for You

White LED Night Light -  This simple circuit is designed to plug into a standard AC electrical outlet.    It uses four super bright white light emitting diodes  (LED) in conjunction with a capacitor coupled full wave rectifier circuit.  The LEDs are mounted in a box and are angled slightly to bounce the light off of a nearby wall. . . . Hobby Circuit designed by David A. Johnson P.E.-May, 2003

White LED Night Light for the Home -  This project uses lethal voltages.  If you are not experienced in working with lethal voltages, read this project, but don't build it.  You only have one life, and AC power can take it from you very quickly, or leave you with terrible injuries.   __ Designed by Dick Cappels

White LED Power Failure Light -  Where I live most of the time, the AC power drops out upon occasion.  This used to leave me groping around in the dark for a flashlight.  I could have bought a battery-backed up "emergency light" for about US$35, but being basically metal boxes with floodlights attached, they would make my living room look more like a prison.  And besides, I make things like this for fun, so thinking about the problem eventually lead to the solution on this web page.  The power failure light that I eventually designed and built is housed in the plastic case from a wall-mounted power transformer.  I had accidentally destroyed the transformer by shorting its output, and had kept the plastic case for years, just waiting for a project like this one.  Since its mounted in a hand-sized enclosure, when the power fails, it is a simple matter to walk over to the light, unplug it from the wall, and use it like a flashlight to walk into other rooms to retrieve a flashlight.  This particular lamp dims after a few minutes, and is down to a dull glow after about 15 minutes.  The glow can last for hours after that.  I suspect that this is at least partly the result of using rechargeable batteries from a surplus store.   __ Designed by Dick Cappels

White LED Power Supply Design Techniques -  TI App Note 

White LED Shines From Piezoelectric-Oscillator Supply -  10-Jan-08 EDN-Design Ideas A piezoelectric ceramic buzzer powers a white LED from a single cell __ Circuit Design by TA Babu, Chennai, India

White LED Step-Up Converter in SC70 & ThinSOT -  LT1937__ Linear Technology/Analog Devices

White LED Stroboscope with Constant Duty Cycle & Constant Current Drive  -  Finally, white LED's are bright enough to use in a practical stroboscope.  This circuit can operate as a bench-top stroboscope that, in conjunction with an oscilloscope or frequency meter and bench top power supply can accurately measure rotational speeds, or it can be operated hand-held from a single 9V battery,  __ Designed by Dick Cappels

White LED-Based Emergency Lamp & Turning Indicator -  White LEDs are replacing the conventional incandescent and fluorescent bulbs due to their high power efficiency and low operating voltage.  These can be utilised optimally for emergency lamp and vehicle turning...__ Electronics Projects for You

White LEDs -  In the past whenever something had to be lighted, we have used yellow LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) , as a substitute for white light.  But now white LEDs are available.  We can finally get rid of those pesky yellows.  Unfortunately the new LEDs are not 100% white ! , they have a small blue shade, which is more notably in pictures than in real life.  As a conclusion the white LEDs are far better than the yellow ones. __ Contact: kenneth @ pallund . dk

White LEDs powered by 24V -  24vac is a popular voltage.  It is often used in low voltage lighting systems and industrial controls.  It is much less dangerous than 120vac/240vac line voltages.  The circuit below is one method to efficiently power a cluster of 7 white LEDs from 24vac. . . Circuit by Dave Johnson P.E.-December, 2009

White-LED driver backlights LCD & keypA - D -  11/13/03  EDN-Design Ideas A simple circuit uses transistor junctions to monitor multiple temperature zones  (Figure 1) .  The temperature sensors are ordinary, general-purpose, low-cost, diode-connected transistors.  The well-known diode equation VBE =  (kT/q) ´ln  (IC /IS) shows that the __ Circuit Design by Fabien Franc, Catalyst Semiconductor, Sunnyvale, CA

White-LED Driver Touts High Efficiency -  12-Jun-03 EDN-Design Ideas White LEDs, the most recent addition to the LCD backlight, find common use in providing backlight for color LCDs.  Thanks to their size and white-light output, they appear in small, portable devices with color displays, such as PDAs and cellular phones.  Like other LEDs, a white LED needs a constant-current source—typically, on the order of 15 to 20 mA __ Circuit Design by Dimitry Goder, Sipex Corp, San Jose, CA

White-LED driver uses improvised transformer -  02/15/07  EDN-Design Ideas Minimal component-count circuit boosts a single cell's voltage to light an LED __ Circuit Design by Jim Grant, Scientific Controls, Orlando, FL

White-LED flasher operates from one cell -  05/26/05  EDN-Design Ideas 1.5V circuit flashes white LED __ Circuit Design by Anthony H Smith, Scitech, Biddenham, England

Wig/Wag LED Flasher -  This simple circuit will flash two LEDs in an alternating fashion. . . Circuit by David A. Johnson P.E.-December, 2004

Wireless LED Flasher -  There are times when you would like to flash a LED through a thick plastic case without wires.  The circuit below performs this feat.  It can be powered from a supply ranging from 3v to 6v.  It draws about 300ua of average current at 5v. . . Circuit by David Johnson P.E.-January, 2011


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