FAQ & General Guide

QB288 or QB304

QB288 and QB304 offer very similar performance. Both use latest S6 Flux bin Samsung 561C. QB288 was developed for compatibility with more popular 54V DC CC LED Drivers. QB288 has lower diode count and lower cost compared to QB304.

With 300V rated connectors QB288 allows up to 4 boards to be connected in series. With QB304 up to 2 boards can be connected in series. QB304 has a higher diode count so it can handle higher wattage better and offer slightly more efficiency than the QB 288

QB 288 QB304
Total Number of diodes 288 304
Number of Diodes in single circuit 18 38
Number of parallel circuits 16 8
Absolute Maximum Wattage 159 Watts 179 Watts

 

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Where to Buy Power Cord

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Solid Hook-Up Wire

18-22 AWG

Solid (recommended)

NTE Solid Core 300V

Available at NTE Direct, ebay, Amazon, findchips

 

Thermal Interface Material

TIM such as paste and pads are Not Required when boards are used on flat surface like aluminum sheet or Slate series heatsinks.

 

Thermal Runaway in Parallel wired boards

As temps go up the Vf of diodes go down. When Vf does down the diode is able to pull more current. This can cause thermal runnaway in parallel boards circuits if 1 or more boards fail or get disconnected.

How to avoid Runaway:

1) Use a Meanwell Type A driver if you wire Boards in parallel. Type A driver 54V or under have a Vf adjustment on driver. You can fine tune to limit the voltage. A voltage set at 53V or 53.5V instead of 54V can help avoid runaway.
2) A good thermal design can help. Heatsink can keep the board cool an ensure the voltage of diodes does not go down too much if temperature goes up.
3) Use fuse for each board or thermal cutoff switch.

 

Spectrum

Quantum Board QB304 QB288 Spectrum

 

Acrylic Sheet Cover

Acrylic Sheet can be installed to cover the QB Board. Lamp will run a few degrees warmer. New Slate 2 series comes with M3 mounting points to install Acrylic Sheet. Tested with 0.08 in Clear Acrylic Sheet installed on Slate 2 double with 2x QB running at 250Watts. Acrylic Sheet was cut with plastic cutting knife.

Acrylic Sheet on LED

Top: Without Acrylic sheet. Bottom With Acrylic Sheet installed.QB Thermal Test

 

Board Connector

Board uses Molex Lite-Trap connector 104188-0110 rated max 300V AC (RMS)/DC and 9A with 18 AWG wire.18-24 AWG Solid (recommended) or 20-22 AWG Strand Wire.

Datasheet

Product Specification

Molex Lite Trap

 

 

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