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  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Price: 5
  • Quality: 5
  • Ease Of Use: 5
  • Usefulness: 5
Amazing performance! – 3W InfraRed LED 850nm IR Emitter on 2cm Star (1.5V~1.7V DC) Reviews

posted by Magicflame on 10/05/2011 Certified Owner

Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

Pros:
The performance from this LED is amazing! I wired this to a 2 volt sealed lead acid battery as suggested by dav850, but lost my nerve, as the battery was brand new and reading about 2.36 volt open-circuit, so I opted to limit the current with 5 x 5 Ohm resistors in parallel (they were only 1 watt each). The output was stupendous and more than able to light up an entire room. Even just bouncing the light off a white ceiling bathes the entire room in more than enough light to capture good video (will try to upload some pics or vids soon). Later I got braver and stuck a huge heatsink on and got rid of the resistors. This was when the fun really started! More than three times brighter than before. It has now been running at over 4 watt for hours!
Cons:
None so far, but we'll see, I guess. Would require a very powerful driver to get the same performance from mains power, due to low voltage.
Other:
A bank of these used as the light source for a night-vision setup would be awsome, especially if you could find a way to focus the light a bit for distance.
Bottomline:
Great buy if you want a really powerful IR light.

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