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Need help: headers and connectors for LEDs

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Duane Wood, Oct 21, 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. Lord Garth

    Lord Garth Guest


    Design a module with perhaps an 8x8 array of LEDs that has the ability to
    run
    as a single unit. Include connectors to edge stack multiple modules and
    create a
    communication channel that can address the maximum number of expected
    modules and synchronize each unit in the display. You should expect to end
    stack modules as well to create a large array. This will easy the wiring
    and the processor overhead needed to refresh a large number of lamps.
    Servicing becomes easier as well.
     
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