Sometimes LEDs need to be water-cooled, too

Like high-power lasers, high-power LEDs benefit from the use of chillers.

Sometimes LEDs need to be water-cooled, too
Sometimes LEDs need to be water-cooled, too
An industrial UV LED light source made by Honle UV (right) is cooled using a chiller produced by Aspen Systems (left). (Image: Aspen Systems)

While LEDs are commonly thought of as devices simply cooled by ambient air, maybe with the addition of cooling fins, this is not always so.

Honle UV (Marlboro, MA and Gräfelfing, Germany), produces industrial UV LED light sources for UV curing of adhesives and coatings, drying, disinfection, and other uses. For example, the company's LED Powerline LC, which is available with wavelengths of 365, 385, 395, or 405 nm, produces, using the 395 nm source as an example, 25 mW/cm2 over either a 76 x 10 or 114 x 10 mm clear aperture.

The larger Honle emitter thus has an optical output of about 3 W, even though package size for this emitter is only 124 x 20 x 50 mm -- meaning that a good amount of heat is produced in a small volume. As a result, water cooling is a great benefit.

Honle cools its UV LED sources using compact liquid chillers made by Aspen Systems (Marlborough, MA); specifically, the LED Powerline LC is cooled via Aspen Systems' LCS-600, which is powered by 24 Vdc and is based on Aspen’s vapor compression technology using what Aspen says is the world's smallest compressor.

Aspen Systems says that its chillers, which were developed with the aid of funding by the U.S. SBIR program to develop compact cooling systems for soldier cooling in harsh environments, have been deployed around the world for the U.S. military, and are widely used in medical devices, laser systems, and scientific instruments.


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