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Need advice: Connecting LEDs to PCB

Discussion in 'General Electronics' started by Duane Wood, Oct 22, 2004.

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  1. Duane Wood

    Duane Wood Guest

    I would like to make a light display with many LEDs connected by wires of
    various lengths. I would like to use some sort of header and connectors to
    connect the LEDs to the PCB. The LEDs will be controlled by a PIC through
    shift registers. Each LED can be turned on and off indendently.

    I've never used headers or connectors. I was thinking I could use something
    like a 2-row x 20 header and then use a 2-position molex housing for each
    LED. How are these connectors fastened to the wires? Do I need a special
    tool?

    Is there a better way to do this?

    Duane
     
  2. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    If you do not care about the size of the LEDs, then use surface mount
    LEDs, placed in the
    4 desired patern on a PCB; wiring to the header via traces on the PCB.
     
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