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PostSubject: Few questions on wiring 40 3mm leds..   Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:50 pm

Hey, okay well the 3mm leds I usually get are on a board and pre wired and just ready to install. Well, my guy was out so now I am looking at installing 40 3mm blue leds inside a console. I just need to know the best way about installing them all without having to hook a damn resistor to each one. I'm not sure if most people just solder each LED and just hot glue it to the case or if they hook the LED's to an LED board or what. I don't need to know anything about what resistors I need or anything like that just don't know how to go about hooking them all up without having thousands of + - wires goin all over yanno. Also, series or para? Which way should I head? Thanks for your time. Oh and if you guys have some links to where I can get some LED boards/LED's(been searchin on ebay but can't find a US seller on the LEDS/resistor combos).
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PostSubject: Re: Few questions on wiring 40 3mm leds..   Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:20 am

Nvm, I just went with 100 3mm 15000mcd+100 resistors for like 9 bucks from china. =D And I found some boards at sickmods.
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PostSubject: Re: Few questions on wiring 40 3mm leds..   Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:17 am

You're going to want to wire in parallel. Basically, you run one wire down the cathode of the LED's, and one down the anode. Connect them to a 12v power source and ground with a SINGLE resistor and you'll be all set. Don't use 40 resistors, its just wastes time and its annoying. Those boards from SICKmods are great though. OH and with those, if you go that path, your going to need a resistor for each board. Just use their resistor calculator.
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PostSubject: Re: Few questions on wiring 40 3mm leds..   Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:27 am

Hey, thanks. Yeah I kinda figured that out after looking at the boards/schematics. I figured I'd ask so I didn't have to look myself but I got un lazy and read up on it lol The LEDs come with 100 resistors so I hope I can just use those instead of hunting down other ones. Thanks again for the info..
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PostSubject: Re: Few questions on wiring 40 3mm leds..   Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:48 am

No problem. You can probably use those resistors if they're for 12v.
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