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How many LEDs can I power using a BuckPuck or PowerPuck driver?

Last Updated: Aug 20, 2012 09:27AM MDT

You can calculate the number of series connected LEDs you can power with a single BuckPuck or PowerPuck driver using the following formula:

(Vin - Vt) / Vf = ↓LEDn

Where:
 
Vin The input voltage to the driver.
Vt 2 if you are using a DC BuckPuck or PowerPuck driver, or 4 if you are using an AC BuckPuck driver.
Vf Maximum forward voltage rating of the LEDs you are powering.
LEDn  Number of series connected LEDs you can power (results rounded down to the nearest integer.

For example, if you have a 12VDC power supply, the maximum number of LXML-PWC1-0100 LEDs that you could power in series with a single driver would be 2 based on the following calculation:

(12 - 2) / 3.99 = 2

Remember that the Vf rating of an LED provided in the technical documentation is the typical rating. For example, the typical Vf for the LXML-PWC1-0100 is 3.15. To ensure that your input voltage is high enough to power the LEDs if the LEDs you are powering happen to have the maximum Vf rating, you should always use the maximum Vf rating of the LED in your calculation. In the case of the LXML-PWC1-0100, this would be 3.99.

If you are using an AC BuckPuck driver, then be sure to use 4 for Vt in your formula.

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