Questions regarding Constant Current supplies, devices and applications. As opposed to Constant Voltage supplies. Voltage will vary while Current remains the same. Common in LED lighting applications.

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Can I cross the output inductor trace with input power line?

I'm attempting to learn a little more about SMPS design while referring to existing designs and posts such as this one: SMPS PCB Design Critic I'm implementing an AL8805 based constant current buck ...
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CNC stepper motor driving CC vs CV

I am trying to design a small CNC maching for milling PCBs. I am using unipolar stepper motors driven by a microcontroller, but I am unsure of what tehnique to use to drive them. I once read that ...
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How do I build a 10uA current source/limiter?

I need a constant current of 10uA through a variable resistor in the 100k values. I need to inject the current into that resistor and I need the resistor to be connected to Ground such that I can ...
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Charging Batteries in Series

So I am working on charging 2 batteries in series, and have an odd situation that I'm hoping to get answered. I have a single bank charger that outputs 8A and a dual bank charger that is 20A total ...
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Parallel Transistors in Constant Current Load

I'm designing a constant-current dummy load for testing my power supplies. This load should be able to handle a maximum of \$2\mathrm{A}\$ at \$24\mathrm{V}\$. My current design, so far, is loosely ...
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Buffering a constant current source IC to increase maximum voltage rating

The actual question: Which of these configurations, if any, is the most effective for my goal of increasing the maximum voltage rating of the outputs of a constant-current driver IC? As established ...
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Facing to real world feedback designs (here, Constant Current Generator)

I still work on a current generator made with 2 opamps and a nMOS. If I find the bias point to understand how much my LED can be driven, I still have problems to find an affordable way to derive the ...
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Meaning of TLC59281 LED supply voltage rating

TL;DR: Does the max VO of 17V refer to the LED supply voltage or only to what's left after the diode drops? TI's TLC59281 is more or less a device that combines two 74HC595-like shift registers with ...
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Practicality of driving LEDs with high voltage?

After watching someone build a fairly wasteful project, I wondered if there was a better way. The LEDs are cheap chinese variety, with a forward voltage of around 34-36V @3A, and they throw off about ...
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Calibrating buck LED driver by altering Vsens

Many switch mode buck LED drivers use a current mode scheme with a sense resistor back to a Vsens or Current Sense input on the chip. A good example is the LM3404. Here's the typical use circuit: I ...
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Driving an infrared LED from a coin cell

I am designing a remote-control type IR transmitter that will be powered by a coin cell battery (i.e. CR2032) and commanded by a microcontroller. The LED is pulsed at around 40kHz. How can I ensure ...
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Triangular wave generation using consant current

I am trying to design a circuit, that will generate a triangular wave from charging/discharging a capacitor with a constant current, but am stuck. I have a power supply of +-12V and +5V, the circuit ...
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How to improve current control loop in power supply?

I'm working on MCU programmable bench power supply. Its range is 0-50V and 0-3A programmed in 10mV and 10mA increments. It will be published as open hardware and source code that anyone can use it ...
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Can I get constant current at the output of a buck convertor (to drive a LED)?

I want to drive a LED with a buck converter circuit as shown in the schematic below. In order to keep the circuit simple, the system will run open-loop (i.e.; there won't be any voltage or current ...
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Capacitors vs buck/boost converters

I'm trying to drive high power LEDs with a laptop power supply, and wondered if I should use resistors to limit the extra current, or something like this to limit the current. If I did use that ...
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Can I turn an LM2596 switch mode PSU into a constant current source?

I have a cheap LM2596 switch mode regulator from eBay: Which I can power with a dual cell LiIon supply (6 to 8.4V). I would like to use this supply to create a variable current source for an LED ...
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Sourcing current with sink LED driver

I'm using an existing keypad with 8 LEDs that source power. I was hoping to use and LED driver of sorts, but all of the ones I find only refer to sinking power. Is it possible to use these drivers to ...
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Constant Current Square Wave through LED

I am running a somewhat powerful LED, on the order of 3.5V 500mA, off of an ~11V battery using a constant current switched mode power supply from Ebay that uses the LM2596. What I need to do now is ...
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How do I keep my constant current source constant?

So I am trying to created a current source that will be used to drain a battery at specific time intervals for a specified duration. simulate this circuit – Schematic created using ...
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Calculating power draw for LEDs and driver (TLC5941)

I am designing a backlit keyboard with 61 white LEDs. These will be individually driven by a TI current limited PWM driver (TLC5941). LEDs: 61 x Osram LCW JNSH.PC (Datasheet) Drivers: 4 x Texas ...
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Component usage in this constant-current source circuit

In the April 2014 edition of Elektor magazine, they present a circuit for a high-precision current source device (page 42). It allows the user to select a constant-current between 10nA and 20mA. They ...
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how to create a high current source?

I'm looking to observe magnetizing offsets of various current sensors. The idea is that when you pass a high current pulse (close to the rating of the device) through a current sensor and then return ...
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Constant current LED driver min / max current rating explanation

I currently have a 150-1500mA led driver that I sue to power a 30W LED. Driver has adjustable maximum current pins that I can use to change to match the maximum current. I have it set to 1050mA. I am ...
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Back EMF and Source EMF, stabilizing current?

In a circuit where there is change in a magnetic flux, Back EMF is induced. When back EMF is increases it reduces the source EMF( or oppose it) and therefore, the current is reduced, in order to ...
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3x CAT4101 parallel with CREE LEDs

I've tested the LEDs with one CAT4101 and they work great, but now it's time to dial it up a notch. I've now got three CAT4101's wired up in parallel to give me 3A to drive two 10W CREE LEDs in ...
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Switched-mode constant current supply with Schmitt Trigger

I'm planning on building a small constant current power supply for charging lithium-ion batteries on the go. While they normally use constant current AND constant voltage, I've elected not to include ...
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How can I tell if my current is continuous in a first order DC circuit with a switch

Assuming this circuit has been running for a long time (switch SW1 is closed), and in t=0 the switch (SW1) opens, and I'm being asked about the current that runs through the inductor L1. I know that ...
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Constant current circuit

I'm back for another question, this time shorter than the wall of text I posted last time! Here is my question: How does the red (rot) LED at the input to the base provide a constant current to ...
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Standard current and discharge current

I've been looking into batterie's datasheets and don't understard what 2 of the specifications mean: continuous standard current and maximum continuous discharge current. Could someone explain this to ...
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Is it possible to increase voltage without changing the current? [closed]

If we have a certain power applied to a circuit, and we would only like to increase the voltage applied by large factors... can this be done? Maybe by increasing only the resistance? Or maybe by ...
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Constant current led drivers shared ground

I have 4 constant current led drivers with PWM. Here's 300-1500mA LED Driver datasheet. I want to use 3 of these drivers to power each color of a 90w rgb led. I was under assumption that I could ...
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Controlling a TLC5927 LED Driver

I am trying to control TLC5927, with no success. I have read the whole datasheet, but I still can't figure it out. I tried to simulate it, with no success too. Can someone draw me a timing diagram ...
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Keeping current constant during PWM dimming of a LED string

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab I'm looking for a good control method for PWM dimming a string of LEDs and keeping the current through the LEDs at a constant ...
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Differences between a LM317AHVT and a LM317T

Is there any practical difference between the LM317AHVT and LM317T vis-a-vis regulating a 900mA, 9-12V LED?
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Constant current driver LED over-voltage effects [duplicate]

I have a 90W RGB led. Voltage range is 32-34V for green and blue but it's 22-24v for red. To what extent does the voltage matter if the current output is limited to let's say 30W (max for single ...
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Increasing current [closed]

Here an interesting challenge. You have a 3 volt 50uAh battery. How many would it take to create a device that can supply 3 volts at 1mAH. Would you connect them in parallel or series or a ...
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Ideal constant current source?

I've developing an LED fixture for my aquarium to grow plants. To do so, I've selected several high powered LED's. I'm currently considering driving them with LM317's because I know how to use those ...
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Can I use constant current LED driver as input to Buck regulator?

I have an 100W constant current LED driver that I bought in error but maybe I can use it in another way. I want to use 3 buck regulators to pwm control each individual color of 90W RGB LED. Can I ...
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Is there any benefit of making lamps with high wattage LEDs but low wattage driver circuits other than cost?

Over the past few years I have bought a number of GU10 mains voltage LED bulbs and have generally been disappointed with their brightness. The 9W LED bulbs I bought (supposedly 460-590 Lumen) produce ...
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Powering high power LED modules/plates (series parallel internally)?

I am trying to build a high power RGB LED light. I am looking for 50W-100W range for the LED (all colors combined). 100W RGB LED desn't seem to exist so I am left with 50W, 60W, or 90W options. I ...
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Does voltage matter when using constant current PSU?

Let's say I have 90W RGB LED module/plate (10 Series and 9 in Parallel internally). It has Voltages: R: 20~22V; G: 32~34V; B: 32~34V; Can I power all colors with 3 identical 30W constant current ...
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How to drive 400W of High-Powered LED's in parallel / series?

I want to create a luminaire (a lighting unit) comprised of the following: 5 Nichia LEDs running @ 70.2W / 39V / 1.8A 6 Cree LEDs running @ 2.2W / 3.2V / 700mA 14 Cree LEDs running @ 1.61W / 2.3V / ...
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Dimming multiple power LEDs with individual constant current PSUs from a single arduino?

Main question: how to individually dimm (PWM) multiple power LEDs that are each powered from a separate constant current power supply, and do this dimming from a single arduino? I have 10 LED ...
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Make adjustable mosfet constant current source

I want to modify this circuit below so the current can be trimmed. The problem is the variations in base-emitter voltage of the NPN transistor. According to datasheets, it is between 0.55V and 0.7V ...
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High-side MOSFET drive in current-limited power supply

As preamble, this is the typical schematic for an opamp constant-current load used for testing power supplies and what not. (Sorry for the terrible circuitlab MOSFET symbol; that's an N-enhancement ...
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Circuit to maintain a minimum current?

I bought a cheap USB battery pack to power a portable project. It works great, except it shuts itself down if there's a current draw lower than a certain amount (haven't pinned it down, but I think ...
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Why N-channel MOSFETs are better than P-channel MOSFETs?

Besides the reason that electron mobility is higher than hole mobility, what are the other reasons of preferring an N-channel over a P-channel MOSFET?
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Constant current source math - Using AD8276 differential Op-Amp

So I'm trying to implement a constant current source to conduct a specific measurement using a AD8276 differential amplifier. I'm trying got derive the equations my self for sanity check, and to give ...
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R-EXT connection on the STP16CP05MTR LED sink driver

I'm planning to use a STP16CP05MTR LED sink driver to drive some LEDs in a matrix. The STP16CP05MTR supports constant current by the use of an external resistor ...
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TLC5926 With No Load

I've read here that running the TLC5940 with no load can cause some issues with it drawing excessive power. The TLC5926 is a constant current driver rather than a PWM driver. It seems to me that since ...