Step 5: Solder the LEDs

Here please refer to the step 12 of the original Instructable.

Take time doing this step. LED pins are very close together, so you might have to use solder wick often to clear the solder bridges. Also, use of high-quality flux is essential here. Use pen tip or small brush to apply flux to the pads and leads.

is the aurora available as a kit, if so how much is the kit?<br>thank you
Sorry, there's no set date for Aurora 9x19 kits' availability.<br> I will post the information when it becomes available...<br>
Where did you find the resistors with the values printed on them? All they have at my local Radio Shack are ones with the colored stripes. Something like that would be much easier to work with.
Chip resistors (SMT) always have numbers written on them. (At least the ones that I've seen.)<br> I used to see some larger resistors having numbers written instead of colors. Those are really large ones (like an inch long), though...<br> <br> Aki
This was a very fun project to build! Everything went smoothly. This instructable is very clear and well put together. Thanks for sharing your work Aki!
<br> You're very welcome!<br> <br> Aki<br>
I soldered all of the LEDs without using flux. I would say that if you have a decent soldering iron with a fine tip and a high quality solder with a flux core, flux is not absolutely necessary, although you will probably do a cleaner job if you use it.
You must be very good with your soldering iron!
I hand soldered all of the components with no problems. I have never used solder paste before, so I am not sure which is faster/better for this project.
Aki~<br><br>Is it OK to wash the populated PCB with soap and water even with the PIC soldered in or better to solder the PIC last?????
It's perfectly ok to wash PIC. However the switch should not get wet, so make sure to wash before soldering the switch.<br> <br> If you can solder the switch last, that would be best. But I think once the LEDs are in place soldering the switch gets difficult without melting the LEDs...&nbsp;<br> A hot-air soldering tool would make it a snap...<br> <br> Aki<br>

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Bio: I am an electronic artist living in Brooklyn, NY. I work with LEDs and microcontrollers to create beautiful objects.
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