I have a LM317T-based simple circuit and I'm using a 12V battery to power it. I connected the Vin to + 12V and made a constant current circuit as shown here. Now, I'm using a variable resistor of 100k instead of a fixed-value resistor and have connected a LED in place of RL of the diagram.
Now before connecting the + 12V to Vin, I set the resistor value to the maximum, 100k ohms. This is a really large value so the current flow to the LED should be so low that it shouldn't light at all. But the LED lights up very dimly. And if I reduce resistance on the variable resistor, the LED becomes brighter as current flow increases, as expected.
Even if I remove the 100k resistor and keep the path between Vout and Adjust open, the LED still lights up very dim. Is this normal? Why is this happening? Can anyone explain this behavior of LM317T?