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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by geoff, Jul 18, 2003.

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  1. geoff

    geoff Guest

    I've never done much electrical work aside from some simple soldering
    of positive and negative wires. I recently bought a flexible circuit
    board which has tiny LED lights soldered to it. The circuit board is
    designed in such a way that you can cut it at every inch and each end
    has a positive and negative solder joint to reconnect them via wiring.
    I then ran it to a switch from radio shack and from there to the 12
    volt battery on my motorcycle. I would like to add more lights, but
    they're very expensive and I'd like to figure out how to make my own.
    Can anyone point me in the right direction to learn about how to make
    them and where to get those types of parts? I've done a search for
    LEDs online and have tons of manufacturers to choose from, but again,
    I have no experience or knowledge of electronics, so I don't know what
    to buy and how to put it together. Thanks!!!
  2. N. Thornton

    N. Thornton Guest

    LED light output is rated in mcd - you need ultrabright LEDs with
    thousands of mcd each. Basic cheap LEDs are inadequate.

    Regards, NT
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