I would like to control the direction of 220 V rated DC motors. I have tested it using relay to switch ON and OFF and it works fine . but to reverse the direction of this large motor ,I should have use motor drivers . I have L298 in my hand . can I use L298 for this purpose??
Did you read the specifications for the SparkFun L298? It states maximum voltage as 48. Also, motors have significant voltage and current over-shoot on switching on and off. These IC's cannot drive a 220 V motor.
What are you trying to do? Just directional control or speed control?