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A low-cost method for minimizing the chromaticity shift of dc-driven phosphor-converted white LEDs by thermal design

By: Tse, C.K.; Lai, Y.M.; Loo, K.H.;

2011 / IEEE / 978-1-61284-957-7

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This item was taken from the IEEE Conference ' A low-cost method for minimizing the chromaticity shift of dc-driven phosphor-converted white LEDs by thermal design ' Most commercial white LEDs are made from blue LEDs coated with YAG phosphor. They generally produce emission spectra that shift in opposite directions under the influences of current amplitude and junction temperature changes. By using a commercial white LED sample, LUXEON K2, the effects of current amplitude and junction temperature on the chromaticity shift of white LEDs over dimming, during which both parameters are known to assert their influences simultaneously, are studied experimentally. The impact of driving/dimming by dc current is discussed through a graphical analysis and verified by experimental measurement. Due to the counteracting influences of current amplitude and junction temperature changes, driving/dimming white LEDs by dc current offers a more superior chromaticity stability compared to PWM. By means of selection of a heat sink's thermal resistance estimated from an analytical equation derived in this paper, it is found that the overall chromaticity shift of white LEDs over dimming can be minimized at low cost.