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Total radiant flux measurement of an LED with an optometer

  1. Mar 27, 2015 #1
    Measuring the total radiant flux with an optometer of SFH 4550 LED from osram I'm getting ~70mW,
    If I place 5mm long rubber hose around the led (top 2,5mm of the led is free), the power is reduced to 50-40mW.
    This does not make sens to me, the led has a half angle of ±3° and emits nothing to its sides,
    why is the power then reduced so much ?
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  3. Mar 27, 2015 #2


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    Is it getting a lot hotter?
  4. Mar 27, 2015 #3
    I have a constant 100mA current going through the led, that could be a reason, but I have not noticed that.
    If a place this rubber hose at the top of the led, so that most of the led housing is not covered, I am again
    having significant power loss. I have also placed the led in a small aluminum tube (~10mm long same diameter as the led) and
    again there is a power loss. I do not understand, this all should not make a difference if an led emits almost all of its power in ±3°.

    One more thing, I have also measured total power flux of VSMY2850RG, a ±10° led. If I place the led at the
    entrance of the integrating sphere I have ~30-35mW, only when I place the led completely inside the sphere
    the power is ~55mW as stated in the specs. Ok, I think it's now clear to me why, the chip is encapsulated in transparent epoxy, but ...
    I wonder why is vishay producing reverse versions of this thing :smile: ?
    Why it is so hard for led manufacturers to state to which power the intensity plot is related ?
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