Heatsink Colour

In natural convection a black or dark colored heatsink will perform 3% to 8% better than an aluminum heatsink in its natural silverish color. This is due to dark colors radiating heat more efficiently.

In forced air applications, surface color does not increase a heatsink's performance due to the increase in convection. A color would be for cosmetic purposes only.

Basic Heatsink Temperature Calculation

If you have a 10°C/W heatsink and you dissipate 5W into it, its temperature will be 50°C + ambient temperature.

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