#1

Can you put more than one LED in a circuit as an indicator?

If so, would you wire them in series or parallel? Would you need to alter the resister impedance?

If so, would you wire them in series or parallel? Would you need to alter the resister impedance?

#2

Well, parallel wiring would be my choice, so that on the off chance that you have a bad LED or one fails, you'll be able to tell, and still have a working circuit.

Yes you would need different resistor values for each scenario. Make sure you know the typical voltage drop across each of your diodes, their max. power dissipation, and their reverse-bias breakdown limits, then just uses Ohm's and Kirchoff's laws together to get the right currents and voltages.

Yes you would need different resistor values for each scenario. Make sure you know the typical voltage drop across each of your diodes, their max. power dissipation, and their reverse-bias breakdown limits, then just uses Ohm's and Kirchoff's laws together to get the right currents and voltages.

#3

^ Wow, talking about losing me in that second paragraph!

So - voltage drop? Is this something specific to each kind of diode? The name suggests to me how many volts it saps from the current?

What am I trying to achieve by using the two laws together (I only know Ohm's law, not Kirchoff's. I will look it up)? Sorry, I'm a newb to all this electronic stuff.

So - voltage drop? Is this something specific to each kind of diode? The name suggests to me how many volts it saps from the current?

What am I trying to achieve by using the two laws together (I only know Ohm's law, not Kirchoff's. I will look it up)? Sorry, I'm a newb to all this electronic stuff.

#4

Ok, all diodes drop some voltage across them, but unlike most components, they won't just dissipate as much power as is available. Instead, they won't drop more than a certain amount, and below that voltage, they have a very non-linear response. For simple silicon diodes, it tends to be just under 0.6V, for germanium, a little higher, ~0.6-0.7V. Each different type of LED will drop a different voltage, so make sure you know what type you've got and read up the specs.

All components can only dissipate so much power before breaking (usually by melting or burning out), so you need to make sure the total resistance is such that it keeps the current power dissipated in the LED's (P = VI) below what they can take. So now you know both the voltage across the diodes and the current through them, so you can work out the total resistance the circuit has to have using Ohm's law.

Kirchoff's laws are for calculating resistances in series and parallel. they're fairly simple.

For resistances in series, total resistance R = R1 + R2 + R3 + ... etc

For parallel, 1/R = 1/R1 + 1/R2 + 1/R3 + ... etc

You need these laws to make sure that you get the right resistances in the right place. It's fairly simple to combine the two for series/parallel wirings as well.

All components can only dissipate so much power before breaking (usually by melting or burning out), so you need to make sure the total resistance is such that it keeps the current power dissipated in the LED's (P = VI) below what they can take. So now you know both the voltage across the diodes and the current through them, so you can work out the total resistance the circuit has to have using Ohm's law.

Kirchoff's laws are for calculating resistances in series and parallel. they're fairly simple.

For resistances in series, total resistance R = R1 + R2 + R3 + ... etc

For parallel, 1/R = 1/R1 + 1/R2 + 1/R3 + ... etc

You need these laws to make sure that you get the right resistances in the right place. It's fairly simple to combine the two for series/parallel wirings as well.

#5

^ Okay, thanks a lot for that I'll do a bit more research and I'll work out what I need to do. Thanks again.

#6

I want to run two LED's in a parallel circuit. Here are their specs. Could someone help me to work out the resistors I would need to use, please?

LED 1:

Forward voltage: 2.5V

Forward current max.: 25mA

Reverse voltage max.: 5V

Wavelength @ peak : 565nm

Power dissipation PT: 105mW

Light output min.@ 10mA: 5mcd

Light output typ.@ 10mA: 20mcd

LED 2:

Forward voltage at If=20mA: 4.0V

Forward current max.: 30mA

Reverse voltage max.: 5V

Wavelength @ peak : 430nm

Power dissipation PT: 105W

Light output min.@ 20mA: 50mcd

Light output typ.@ 20mA: 150mcd

LED 1:

Forward voltage: 2.5V

Forward current max.: 25mA

Reverse voltage max.: 5V

Wavelength @ peak : 565nm

Power dissipation PT: 105mW

Light output min.@ 10mA: 5mcd

Light output typ.@ 10mA: 20mcd

LED 2:

Forward voltage at If=20mA: 4.0V

Forward current max.: 30mA

Reverse voltage max.: 5V

Wavelength @ peak : 430nm

Power dissipation PT: 105W

Light output min.@ 20mA: 50mcd

Light output typ.@ 20mA: 150mcd

#7

Ok, your green LED (LED2) is rated to 30mA, but they give you the forward voltage @ 20mA, so it's probably best to aim for that sort of region.

What's the output of your power supply?

What's the output of your power supply?

#8

^ 9v

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