I am planning to do a high power LED lamp, and I would need some checkup for my calculations.
I plan to use some CREE LEDs from AliExpress, which claim to have an input voltage of 3.4-3.6V and a power of 3W. The idea is to run 12 of them in parallel from an ATX power supply, connected to the 3.3V rail. The leds will be connected with thermal tape to a big strip of solid aluminum for cooling.
I would try to be on the safe side and run the LEDs at only 2W each, meaning that each LED will eat up about 600 mA. So, I need to supply 0.6 * 12 = 7.2A. The good news is that my power supply can provide up to 15A on the 3.3V rail, so that should be fine.
Now, from my experience with small LEDs, usually is a good idea to insert a resistor. For the overall circuit, I would need a resistor of 3.3/7.2 = 0.5 ohm. And the resistor would need to withstand about 23.7W. Which seems big to me.
The question is: do I really need this resistor, since 0.5 ohm seems low enough for me (I'm also considering the about 1m wiring that I expect to have some resistance at this current)? Do such resistors commonly exist?