I need advice on selecting a heatsink for a high-power LED driver circuit. Answered
Can someone help me out regarding the proper heatsink to use for Q2 on step six of this instructable-
My LED (part number 475-2581-1-ND on digikey) draws 1.4A with a forward voltage of 2.5V. I am using a wall-wart that gives me about 10V. My LED runs smoothly, but the two heatsinks I've tried using with Q2 get *very* hot to the touch. I bolted both of them on using thermal compound. Both are TO-220 "U" shaped. One is about 2cm tall by 1cm wide (about the height and width of Q2). The other is about 3cm tall by 2.5cm wide. How hot is too hot for a heatsink? Would a different shape be better?
Thank you so much