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Comparative Analysis of 5 types of Heat-sink for LED lighting
- Sep 03, 2018 -


 At present, one of the biggest technical problems of LED lighting fixtures is the heat dissipation problem. The LED heat supply and electrolytic capacitors have become the short-term development of LED lighting fixtures, and the cause of premature aging of LED light sources.

    Only by exposing the heat as soon as possible can the cavity temperature in the LED lamp be effectively reduced, so as to protect the power source from working in a long-lasting high temperature environment, in order to avoid premature aging of the LED light source due to long-term high temperature operation.

    Because the LED light source itself does not have infrared rays or ultraviolet rays, the LED light source itself has no radiation heat dissipation function, and the heat dissipation path of the LED lighting fixture can only derive heat through a heat sink closely combined with the LED lamp bead. The heat sink must have the functions of heat conduction, heat convection, and heat radiation.

    Any heat-sink, in addition to being able to quickly transfer heat from the heat source to the surface of the heat-sink, the most important thing is to rely on convection and radiation to dissipate heat into the air. Thermal conduction only solves the heat transfer path, and thermal convection is the main function of the heat sink. The heat dissipation performance is mainly determined by the heat dissipation area, shape, and natural convection strength. Thermal radiation is only an auxiliary function. In general, if the distance from the heat source to the surface of the heat sink is less than 5 mm, then as long as the thermal conductivity of the material is greater than 5, the heat can be derived, and the rest of the heat must be dominated by heat convection.

    Most LED lighting sources still use low voltage (VF=3.2V), high current (IF=200-700mA) LED lamp beads. Due to the high heat during operation, aluminum alloy with high thermal conductivity must be used. There are usually die-cast aluminum heat-sinks, extruded aluminum heat-sinks, and stamped aluminum heat-sinks. Die-casting aluminum heat-sink is a kind of technology for pressure casting parts. The liquid zinc-copper-aluminum alloy is poured into the inlet of the die-casting machine, and die-casting is carried out by a die-casting machine to cast a shape-shaped heat-sink defined by a pre-designed mold.


The following is a comparative analysis of the five types of heat-sinks.

    Die-cast aluminum heat-sink

    The production cost is controllable, the heat dissipation fins cannot be made thin, and it is difficult to maximize the heat dissipation area. LED lamp heat-sinks commonly used die-cast materials for ADC10 and ADC12.

    Extruded aluminum heat-sink

    The liquid aluminum is extruded through a fixed mold, and then the bar is machined into a heat sink of a desired shape, and the processing cost is high. The extruded aluminum heat sink is shown in Figure 3. The heat dissipating wings can be made a lot of thin, and the heat dissipating area is maximized. When the cooling fins work, the air convection heat is automatically formed, and the heat dissipating effect is better. Common materials are AL6061 and AL6063.

    Stamped aluminum heat-sink

    The stamping and drawing of steel and aluminum alloy plates are punched and pulled by punching machines and molds to make them into cup-shaped heat-sinks. The inner and outer peripherals of the stamped heat sinks are smooth, and the heat-dissipating area is limited due to the absence of wings. Commonly used aluminum alloy materials are 5052, 6061, 6063. The quality of stamping parts is small and the material utilization rate is high, which is a low-cost solution.

    The heat conduction of the aluminum alloy heat sink is ideal, and is suitable for the isolated switching constant current power supply. For non-isolated switching constant current power supply, it is necessary to isolate AC and DC, high voltage and low voltage power supply through the structural design of the luminaire, in order to pass CE or UL certification.

    Plastic aluminum heat-sink

    It is a heat sink with a heat-conductive plastic outer casing aluminum core. The heat-conducting plastic and the aluminum heat-dissipating core are formed on the injection molding machine at one time, and the aluminum heat-dissipating core is embedded, and it is required to be machined in advance. The heat of the LED lamp bead is quickly transmitted to the heat-conducting plastic through the aluminum heat-dissipating core, and the heat-conductive plastic uses its multi-wing to form air convection heat, and uses its surface to radiate part of the heat.

    The plastic-coated aluminum heat sink generally uses the original color of the heat-conductive plastic white and black, and the black plastic plastic-coated aluminum heat sink has a better radiation heat dissipation effect. Thermally conductive plastic is a thermoplastic material. The fluidity, density, toughness and strength of the material are easy to be injection molded. It has good resistance to cold and heat shock cycles and excellent insulation performance. Thermally conductive plastics have better emissivity than ordinary metallic materials. The thermal conductive plastic density is 40% smaller than that of die-cast aluminum and ceramics. The same shape of the heat sink, the weight of the plastic-coated aluminum can be reduced by nearly one-third; compared with the all-aluminum heat sink, the processing cost is low, the processing cycle is short, and the processing temperature is low; The finished product is not easy to break; the customer-supplied injection molding machine can design and produce the differentiated shape of the lamp. The plastic-coated aluminum heat-sink has good insulation performance and is easy to pass the safety regulations.

    High thermal conductivity plastic heat-sink

    The high thermal conductivity plastic heat-sink has recently developed rapidly. The high thermal conductivity plastic heat-sink is an all-plastic heat-sink. Its thermal conductivity is several times higher than that of ordinary plastic, up to 2-9w/mk, and it has excellent heat conduction and heat radiation capability. The new insulating heat dissipating material that can be applied to various power lamps can be widely used in various types of LED lamps from 1W to 200W.

    High thermal conductivity plastic withstand voltage up to 6000V AC, suitable for non-isolated switching constant current power supply, HVLED high voltage linear constant current power supply. This type of LED lighting fixture is easy to pass the strict safety inspection of CE, TUV, UL and so on. The HVLED uses a high voltage (VF=35-280 VDC) and a small current (IF=20-60 mA) to operate, and the heat of the HVLED lamp bead is reduced. The high thermal conductivity plastic heat-sink can be used in traditional injection molding and extrusion machines. Once formed, the finished product has a high finish. Greatly improve the efficiency of the production, the flexibility of the design is high, and the designer's design concept can be fully utilized. The high thermal conductivity plastic heat-sink is made of PLA (corn starch) polymerized, fully degradable, no residue, no chemical pollution, no heavy metal pollution in the production process, no sewage, no waste gas, in line with global environmental protection requirements.

    The high-heat-conducting plastic heat sink is densely packed with nano-scale metal ions inside the PLA, which can move at high temperature and increase the heat radiation energy. Its vitality is superior to that of metal materials. High thermal conductivity plastic heat sink with high temperature resistance, no breakage at 150 °C for five hours, no deformation, with high-voltage linear constant current IC drive scheme application, no need for electrolytic capacitors and large volume inductance, greatly improve LED lamp life, non-isolated power solution, high efficiency ,low cost. Especially suitable for the application of fluorescent tubes and high-power mining lamps.

    The high thermal conductivity plastic heat-sink can be designed with many precise cooling fins. The heat dissipating fins can be made very thin and the heat dissipating area is maximized. When the cooling fins work, the air convection heat is automatically formed, and the heat dissipating effect is better. The heat of the LED lamp beads passes through the highly thermally conductive plastic directly to the heat sink, which dissipates heat quickly through air convection and surface radiation.

    High thermal conductivity plastic heat sinks are lighter than aluminum. The density of aluminum is 2700kg/m3, while the density of plastic is 1420kg/m3, which is almost half of that of aluminum. Therefore, the heat sink of the same shape has a weight of only 1/2 of that of aluminum. Moreover, the processing is simple, and the molding cycle can be shortened by 20-50%, which reduces the power of cost.