## how do you know what resistor to use with LEDs

how do you know what resistor to use in a LED circuit?
I salvaged a bunch of resistors,diodes capacitors and LEDs from several objects. how do i classify the resistors(i know they have different colors/sizes/stripes but what do they mean?)

active| newest | oldestv=voltage

i=current

r=ohms

when you find 'r' use a chart to find out which resistor to use http://www.engplanet.com/content/resistorinfo.html

if the resistor has a gold or silver band at the end of it, start at the end opposite from that side.

say the number you got was 200 ohms.

you look at the first number.

the first number is 2.

look at the chart and find 2.

2 is red so the first color on your resistor should be red.

the second number is 0.

look at the chart and find 0.

0 is black so the next color on your resistor should be black

the 3rd band is the multiplier

The first two colors give the base value of the resistor; the next gives the multiplier, and the final band the tolerance. You find the number of Ohms(which resistors are measured in) by Ohms Law. Which is

- Electrical current = Voltage/Resistance

Plug your colors in to this calculator, and it should give you the Ohms that are needed for you to implement into your circuit.http://www.dannyg.com/examples/res2/resistor.htm

http://www.sengpielaudio.com/calculator-ohmslaw.htm