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R2 determines the current.
– LED current is approximately equal to: 0.5 / R2
– R3 power: the power dissipated by the resistor is approximately: 0.25 / R2.
choose a resistor value at least 2x the power calculated so the resistor does not get burning hot. so for 700mA LED current: R2 = 0.5 / 0.7 = 0.71 ohms. closest standard resistor is 0.75 ohms. R2 power = 0.25 / 0.71 = 0.35 watts. we’ll need at least a 1/2 watt rated resistor.

The design of this LED driver is very simple and probably can be found in many variations on the interenet: T2 operates in linear mode and acts as a variable resistor that controls the current through the LED’s. R1 pulls-up the gate of T2 so that T2 starts up in its conductive state.
As the current begins to flow through the LED’s, T2, and R2…

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