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Modding N00b LED question

Discussion in 'Modding' started by [POE]-LuLu, 2 Aug 2003.

  1. [POE]-LuLu

    [POE]-LuLu New Member

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    I've been reading a bit up on LED's and such, but I still cant decide if this is right. If I use a 5 volt LED, and hook it up directly to my 5 volt (red i believe wire), then I dont need any resistors? Regardless of amps/watts?
     
  2. malcs

    malcs oops! i put a hole in the ***** :(

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    a resistor is to limit the current therefore u should use one to limit the current you can put the LED in anyway and see what happens though if it gets hot i think you should put in a resistor
     
  3. sik

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    Sure you think 5v is the red wire?

    Hint hint.
     
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    DeLorean5000 New Member

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    Sorry, I'm trying to be funny... Slap me.
     
  6. malcs

    malcs oops! i put a hole in the ***** :(

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    *****slap*****
     
  7. sik

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    Thanks.

    God luck with the LED's aswell, just make sure you don't take me seriosuly/get the wrong LED and wonder why it's not working.
     
  8. SteveyG

    SteveyG Electromodder

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    Are you sure its forward voltage is 5V? I've never seen a true 5V LED (except those with a built in resistor). I know many people have made the mistake of reading the specs incorrectly and reading the reverse voltage as 5V.

    Even if it is a 5V LED, you should really put a low resistance resistor in there as protection just in case the 5V supply momentarily peaks higher than 5V. You won't notice any difference in brightness, so put a 10 ohm resistor in there as some form of insurance.
     
  9. [POE]-LuLu

    [POE]-LuLu New Member

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    Im trying to do the light your Molex plugs mod, and I thought it would be cleaner if I used a 5volt LED, that way i dont need a resistor just hanging out there.
     
  10. malcs

    malcs oops! i put a hole in the ***** :(

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    you could just make the connections on the resistor very small, and if its placed right you probably will not notice it
     

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