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So I'm currently working on a standing LED lamp with WS2812B LEDs. The length will be about 1.2m with 60 LED/m. I'm planning to cover the LEDs with white epoxy to diffuse the light and have a nice finish.

Will heat be a problem when I have the light on for quite some time? Should I add an acrylic glass panel over the LEDs with little air ventilation holes to prevent any overheating which would result in a fire or reduce the lifetime of the LEDs?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you swipe sand paper over each LED a few times to make it diffuse? \$\endgroup\$ – DKNguyen Aug 5 '19 at 21:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ @DKNguyen I actually wanted to use epoxy to have a nice surface finish, on the left and right side I have two wood bars and in the middle the white epoxy with the LEDs behind it \$\endgroup\$ – Janik Aug 5 '19 at 21:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ The datasheet does not even list a maximum current, so this is impossible to answer. \$\endgroup\$ – rdtsc Aug 5 '19 at 21:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ The WS2812B has no thermal characteristics mentioned in the datasheet. You'll have to experiment on your own to find the power numbers. \$\endgroup\$ – Voltage Spike Aug 5 '19 at 21:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ Are you aware that they make LED diffusers? Search for LED strip diffuser. Here is one example: amazon.com/Muzata-Aluminum-Mounting-Installations-Diffuser/dp/… \$\endgroup\$ – Mattman944 Aug 5 '19 at 23:32
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Will WS2812B overheat because of epoxy?

It may or may not overheat. That depends on the amount of power which it will be dissipating. That in turn depends on the amount of light which you will be generating.

[The LED strip with WS2812B] will be glued onto wood and then covered with epoxy from the top so that all the components of the strip are in the epoxy layer which is about 2cm thick. The side are made out of wood, so there isn't any thermal runaway either. This method would make it also unreplaceable.

The wood onto which the LED strip is glued on is a bigger impediment to heat sinking, compared to the epoxy on top. A surface mount IC sinks most of the dissipated power through the legs into the board (less so through the case to the ambient air). Where will the board dissipate power? Wood is a relatively poor heat sink: low thermal conductivity, low specific heat.

If you can stick your LED strip onto metal and expose the other side of the metal to ambient air, then you'll be able to dissipate more power.

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