Luxeon emitters

i pulled an blue High Dome emitter off the star base just yesterday. I did a continuity test and it seems to be isolated from both. i havent cleaned the slug yet from the epoxy that held it on though. but i'm pretty confident of the fact.


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Leon Sorokin
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Once upon a time the heatsinking 'slug' on the Luxeon emitters was not electrically isolated from somewhere/something dark and secret within its 'innards and the datasheet/appnotes informed of this fact - detailing that the slugs must be electrically isolated from each other .

Recently I have noticed that the slugs appear to be electrically isolated from the anode and cathode connections although I can find no Lumileds reference to this fact.

Anyone know anything about this?


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I have noticed that some Luxeons have isolated heatsinking and some do not. If the datasheet does not say anything in this area about a particular part number, assume that the manufacturer reserves the right to change that characteristic of that part number and be prepared for the worst.

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Don Klipstein

There may be different production lines or an old batch may appear on the market, indeed.


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Posted this before, it does not seem to havge appeared.

The LED chip is glued onto the copper slug. If they change from conductive-non-conductive glue, or the chip sits slightly skew, with one corner touching the mount through the glue, it could be conductive.

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Ian Stirling

The slug is electrically connected to the substrate comprising 2 inverse series zener diodes, this explains why you cannot measure with an ohm meter. See the Lumileds document RD25.pdf

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Each zener may be in the range of 5v - 10v so it will not usually show a problem in low voltage applications.


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