The LED driver is a crucial element to the unit, powering and regulating the LED during use. Whether the driver be directly installed with the LED or housed within a separate unit itself, it is important to protect the driver to maintain efficiency in any operating environment. Electrolube offer a wide selection of thermal management products, coatings and encapsulants - find your Electrolube solution.More info >
The LED driver is should not be overlooked when considering a design, both the environmental protection of the unit and the thermal management can play a crucial part in efficiency. As with any power electronics unit, thermal management is a key consideration utilised to dissipate heat away from the unit; this is particularly important in LED designs where the Luminaire is housed with the driver, (see Thermal Management of LEDs). The second consideration is the protection of the PCB from the environment. As is discussed in Protection of LEDs the entire unit can be potted in order to provide complete protection, however in less extreme environments a conformal coating may be a more cost effective option. Electrolubes 2K materials also offer ‘the best of both worlds’ providing protection for both the PCB and the Luminaire from the environment without the need to fully pot the unit and 2K500 has been used in LED applications such as street lighting.
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Product code: TCOR75S
Electrolube TCOR is a single component, 100% solids, low odour RTV which cures upon exposure to atmospheric moisture. The product offers a high degree of thermal conductivity and is suitable for use over a very wide temperature range, making it ideal for a wide variety of uses, particularly in automotive applications. Combining the properties of silicone rubber pads with those of a conventional heat transfer paste, TCOR has been designed to fill the gap between the device and heat sink, thus reducing the thermal resistance. It can be applied around components and power resistors to dissipate excess heat to heat sinks, avoiding any potential overheating and subsequent failures. It can be used as a low bond strength adhesive, sealant or gasketing compound.
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