Gather your parts:
- 5 pin male header
- 500 ohm resistor (or whatever size you want)
Cut off the three middle pins on the bottom (long) side. See photos.
Bend pins of LED, soldering the cathode to the first two pins, and the anode to the next two pins. The cathode is usually the short lead and flat side of the LED body. I soldered the anode side first so as to not get confused. See photo.
Solder the resistor between the anode and the remaining pin.
You're done now. The resistor is always connected to the positive which is the popular convention.
- Solid and robust
- Easy and quick to make
- Bridges from either the negative or positive rail onto the breadboard
Here is another instructable with even more 'pluggable' components. Includes:
- Switches - tact & slide
- 2.1mm DC jack
- Bipolar transistors
- SMD MOSFETs