Whats the Difference Between a 3528 LED 5050 LED and 5630 (5730) LED?

April 14, 2013 6 Comments

difference between a 3528 LED 5050 led and 5630 (5730) led

To Start, Lets Talk About What These 3 Number Codes Mean When Applied To LED Chips Types.

3528 LED 5050 LED and 5630 (5730) LED are the 3 most commonly used surface mount diodes for flex strip lighting. They are traditionally used in mono-lights or RGB flex LED strip lighting.(aff.) As LED technology advances, these 3 types of LED chip are now used for home and commercial lighting to replace compact fluorescent and other incandescent lighting.

The Difference Between A 3528 LED 5050 LED And 5630 (5730) LED

Once you see the 3 types of diodes, you can easily tell that the 3528 LED is smaller in size than the 5050 LED. But what most people do not know is this , a 5050 LED actually contains 3 sets of 3528 LED chips inside. So a 5050 LED is actual a combination of 3x 3528 chips in 1.

The 5630 (5730) LED is basically a stretched 5050 LED with a much wider viewing angle. Making the 5630 (5730) LED the brightest of all 3 with the lowest power consumption per watts. The wider angle makes it easy to emit a brighter output with the same wattage.

A 3528 LED will illuminate brightness equivalent to approximately 6 Lumen

A 5050 LED diode will illuminate brightness equivalent to approximately 18 Lumen

A 5630 (5730) LED diode will illuminate brightness equivalent to approximately 50 Lumen

The same goes for each chip's power consumption, a 3528 LED will consume approximately 0.06 Watt, while a 5050 LED will consume approximately 0.18 Watt of power and a 5630 (5730) consumes about 0.5 Watt.

Some Data For Your Tech Heads

LED Dimensions Chip Surface Area Lumen Flux Power Draw
3528 LED 3.5 mm x 2.8 mm 9.8 mm² 6-8 lumens 20-30 mA @ 2.8-3.4 Volts
5050 LED 5.0 mm x 5.0 mm 25 mm² 16-22 lumens 60 mA @ 2.8-3.4 Volts
5630 (5730) LED 5.6 mm x 3.0 mm 16.8 mm² 45-50 lumens 150 mA @ 2.8-3.4 Volts
Keep in mind that different diodes with different countries of origin will deliver different results. The above data is for reference only.
Here are some of the different variations of each of the 3 (3528, 5050, 5630 / 5730) types of LED in action. The variations are endless.

3528 LED cluster in a G4 tower JC halogen light bulb replacements - wide voltage range of 10 volt to 30 volt, making them optimal for systems with a fluctuating voltage range.
g4 halogen LED light bulb
5050 LED cluster bayonet BC B22twist and lock fitting - wide voltage range of 12V - 18V and suitable for off grid solar panel battery and marine boat systems.

B22 bayonet base low voltage lamp
 5630 LED cluster MR11 spot lights in GU4.0 2 pin fittings - input voltage is DC 12 volt to 14 volts and easy replacements for any home halogen spot lights to save big on heat and power.


mr11 5730 5630 led 7.5w light bulb

6 Responses

Mike Bruce
Mike Bruce

January 18, 2022

How can I tell the color spectrum of these? I don’t see anything on the units we have. Thanks.

STEVEN couzzo
STEVEN couzzo

June 02, 2020

Is the 5630 { 5730 } able to be used with a dimmer? I have 2 -96 W and 2 – 48 W surface mount lights on a single pole switch.

Larry howard
Larry howard

September 23, 2020



August 13, 2020

Great info did know the difference now it makes it possible to purched what I need.

Dennis viereck
Dennis viereck

December 18, 2017

What kind of if LED’s are used in backlighting systems for televisions?
Do all LED’s require a type of pulse-width modulation to control the brightness and current and across the LED?


June 02, 2017

" 5630 (5730) LED the brightest of all 3 with the lowest power consumption per watts. "

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