T-Cube High Power LED Driver
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Back View of the LEDD1B T-Cube. For more information, please see the Pin Diagrams tab.
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Top View of the LEDD1B T-Cube
The LEDD1B driver is designed to drive high-power LEDs with currents up to 1200 mA. It features an adjustable LED current limit to protect the connected LED. The output current can be limited continuously from 200 mA to 1.2 A using the adjuster on the front of the unit (shown below), thereby ensuring the output current does not exceed the limit regardless of the other settings or the modulation input voltage.
Current Limit Adjuster
The LEDD1B is compatible with our high-power LEDs, which are available in collimated, uncollimated, PCB-mounted, and fiber-coupledversions. It is also compatible with select unmounted LEDs offered by Thorlabs for which the maximum forward DC current is higher than 200 mA. When driving these LEDs, care must be taken to ensure the LEDD1B current limit (adjuster shown to the left) is set at or below the LED's maximum forward DC current rating.
The LEDD1B driver offers three operation modes: constant current mode, trigger mode, and modulation mode. The trigger and modulation modes are controlled by an external voltage in the 0 to 5 V range. When in the modulation mode, the LED current output exactly follows the amplitude and waveform of the input signal independent of the knob settings on the top of the T-Cube control unit. In trigger mode the output current switches to the level that has been selected by the knob on the top of module as soon as a threshold voltage is reached. This can be used for pulse width modulation (PWM). The threshold voltage is fixed and cannot be changed by the user. The operation mode can be changed by a switch next to the current selector knob.
This LED Driver has the same compact form factor as other T-Cube modules, and thus, it integrates well into the platform. It is shipped attached to a removable base plate, which allows the T-Cube to be easily secured to an optical table. To attach the LEDD1B unit to a T-Cube controller hub, the base plate must be removed to reveal the T-Cube hub connector. Although the T-Cube hub can be used to power the LEDD1B, this driver does not support remote operations via the USB 2.0 hub interface.
Thorlabs also offers integrated, user-configurable 4-Wavelength High-Power LED Sources.
The LEDD1B is designed for high brightness LEDs only. The LED current limit has to be adjusted by the trim pot on the front of the unit so that the maximum current of the connected LED will not be exceeded. The available range for this limit is 200 to 1200 mA.
Power Supply Options
The preferred power supply (i.e., single channel, multi-channel, or hub-based) depends on the end user's application and whether you already own compatible power supplies. To that end and in keeping with Thorlabs' green initiative, we do not ship these units bundled with a power supply. This avoids the cost and inconvenience of receiving an unwanted single channel supply if a multi-channel or hub-based system would be more appropriate. The power supply options compatible with the LEDD1 LED Driver are listed in the table below.
LED Connector - Female
0 to 5 V external LED control.
The compact LEDD1B T-Cube is capable of driving high-power LEDs with currents up to 1200 mA. The output power can be varied using the manual control knob and modulated using an external trigger signal; the maximum output current is set using an adjuster on the front of the T-Cube. A CAB-LEDD1 LED connection cable is included with each LEDD1B.
Power supplies are sold separately; please see the options below.
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A location specific power adapter is shipped with the TPS001 based on your location.
The preferred power supply (i.e., single channel, multi-channel, or hub-based) for your LEDD1B high-power LED driver depends on your application and whether you already own compatible power supplies. Thus, Thorlabs does not prebundle a power supply with your purchase of the LEDD1B.
The LEDD1B can be powered using either a TPS001 or a TPS008 power supply or the TCH002 T-Cube Hub and Power Supply. The TPS001, which powers a single T-Cube, and TPS008, which can power up to 8 T-Cubes, plug into a standard wall outlet and provide +15 VDC. The TCH002 Hub and Power Supply consists of two parts: the hub, which can support up to six standard-footprint T-cubes, and a power supply that plugs into a standard wall outlet and powers the hub, which in turn powers all the T-cubes connected to the hub. Although the T-Cube hub can be used to power the LEDD1B, the LED controllers do not support remote operations via the USB 2.0 hub interface.
The 4-Pin M8 connection cable can be used to connect the high-power LEDs on metal core PCB or other custom LEDs to the following Thorlabs LED drivers: LEDD1B, DC2100, DC4100, and DC4104 (the latter two require the DC4100-HUB).
Pin Connection - Male