I wanted a 12 volt lightbulb For my home RE system that looked and functioned like a normal light, brightness etc. But one that didnt use a lot of power. I found these at LOWES for under $10 and decided it was time to hack:)
Step 1: The guts of the typical LED lightbulb
Well here it is, bunches of LED's. First thing you probably want to do is measure where the power is being delivered to the board. In my case it was 30VDC. BE CAREFUL not to look at the lights when lit. Also take a voltage reading across ONE LED while its powered on.
Step 2: Preparing the LED board for conversion:)
This bulb ran on 30 volts, so with a little math: 30 divided by 3.25v (single led) you get 9 ish. since we have 18 led's in this light, it means theres 2 strings of series wired groups. This can help in isolating the proper LED's for groups of 4 each. Since one series of 9 LED's is already wired together, you can divide it in half. Running on 12vdc, each single LED will be at 3volts. Run your groups of 4 led's in parallel to eachother (in this case that gives us 4 groups) What to do with the remaining 2 led's? Isolate them and either wire in resistance to run 2 led's on 12vdc and wire them parallel to the other groups, or do what i did and wire it seperate for a night light:) Also since the math tells me that there are already 2 strings on this board, there is a common point between them. Look for that and build from there. Trust me, find this first, it makes figuring trace cuts etc MUCH easier lol Start at V +
Next is the pain in the azz part. Carefully cutting the right traces and soldering everything up:) Ill assume you have these skills already so i wont bore you with the details of that task. Plenty of instructables here to teach you if you dont:)