PWM Driving 100W LED Array

Hi, this is not directly about MyRobotlab but the goal of the project is the creation of new Material for our beloved Robots, so I hope to get some help here. And my last attempt ended with a big bunch of blue expensive smoke.

At University a few of us (Chemists) try to create some new 3D-Print Materials. For this purpose I am currently building an hight Precision 3D-Printer and the last missing part is the control of an 100W UV-Led array directly under the extruder to allow photochemistry right after the deposition. I'd like to control the Array with an PWM-output of a DuetEthernet to dim the UV-Intensity. The PWM-port can either use 5V logic voltage or the 24V vin voltage. The Led Array requires 3500 mA with about 32-36 V.
What would be the best circuit to achieve a pwm controlled dimmable Led array of this Power (100W) without blowing the Controller?

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GroG's picture

Hi Kakadu, A mosfet is the

Hi Kakadu,

A mosfet is the best for controlling a large amount of current.
I think if it was me, I'd buy a mosfet based motor controller  like this


Qunqi L298N Motor Drive Controller Board Module Dual H Bridge DC Stepper For Arduino

They are relatively inexpensive and will do 3A Max @ 46v - 2A continuous .. maybe 2 banks driven by 2 of them ?  I've seen them low as $6.

Good luck..


Kakadu31's picture

Hi Grog thx for your answer.

Hi Grog thx for your answer. As for now we decided to use a controllable led driver from hte market and shift the 5V pwm Signal to 10V. I couldnt find a suitable cheap solution in the internet but dont know exactly why. I first tried to do it with a Mosfet and a constant current power supply. The result was a big blow of blue smoke from the controler. It seems that the constant current power supply wanted to regulate the current trough a higher voltage (altough its maximum voltage was 36 V) and fried the gate/emitter isolation from the mosfet and fried the controller. Well thats the only thing I can imagine. Why exactly this was the result from a simple Mosfet controll, I hope maybe Ray can tell me more about it.

I had some time to thest the array with a really good bench power supply at university and it has a forward voltage of 32-34 V depending on the current. It lught up at ca 200 mA and I tested it up to 5A (3.5A is stated) this produced a lot of heat but wiht suitable cooling it semms to handle it.

Well I hope I have more luck with the dedicated led driver and will post some results if we can get nice experiments but I would be happy if somebody could tell more about the problem I had with my Mosfet-controll. Its alwayxs a pleasure to learn more