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Discussion in 'LEDs and Optoelectronics' started by rcflyers, Dec 11, 2017.

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  1. rcflyers


    Dec 11, 2017
    We have just bought a Christmas tree with some LED lights on it.
    I would like the LED's to either flash or ideally fade on and off.
    I need some help please to spec some components to make this happen.
    I assume that I will need the give you the power supply voltage and the current drawn to do this?
  2. kellys_eye


    Jun 25, 2010
    Return them and purchase some that already have that function.

    Seriously, it's far more trouble than it's worth to do something you can purchase for pennies (figuratively).

    But if you really want to do this yourself then yes, voltages and currents will be needed although 'generically' you will need either a PWM controller (for fading) or a simple astable switch for flashing.
  3. BobK


    Jan 5, 2010
    Most likely, the lights are wired in series and run directly from the line voltage. Unless you have the experience, working with line voltage is dangerous.

    But we can probably determine that.

    Is there a box between the line plug and the lights? If not, then they are running at the line voltage.

  4. rcflyers


    Dec 11, 2017
    The lights are fed from a power adaptor, 3V DC output at 500mA. There are approximately 35 LED's.
    The tree was the last one in the store and we got it at a great discount.
    The tree is very slim and fits into the corner of our dining room perfectly.
    There were no "better" ones that size with flashing LED's.
  5. Audioguru


    Sep 24, 2016
    With a supply that is only 3V then an ordinary Mosfet will not turn the LEDs on and off, even a "logic level" Mosfet will not work. Some small Mosfets used in radio controlled toys work from 3V.
    Then make a Cmos oscillator to turn the Mosfet on and off.

    A PWM circuit can fade the little Mosfet without burning it out.
  6. BobK


    Jan 5, 2010
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