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IDENTIFY THE ANODE/CATHODE of LED's



While referring to any schematic involving led's we sometimes get confused with the identification of the terminals. So for identification , led’s comes with a unique way to identify its terminals as Anode or Cathode. Sometime the diode symbol creates confusion too.Identifing a LED's the cathode and anode of a led is very easy by looking inside.
LED's or Light Emitting Diode's don’t come with any labeling on it to identify Cathode(-ve,GND) or Anode(+ve).

I hope the figure below can solve this problem of identification.


Notice the picture carefully and compare it with the LED diode symbol, that should tell which one is –ve and +ve terminal. As they have to be crystall clear to glow so they don’t have any labeling on it , so the only way to know is either to test it with a multimeter or by carefully observing inside the led . The larger end inside the led is -ve and the shorter one is +ve, that is how we find out the polarity of a LED






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NOTE: I took this picture myself from my camera , Please Do not mind for image clarity ,so i have put some labellings also .



THANKS FOR READING

RON

Rakesh Mondal



www.rakeshmondal.info

CATHODE AND ANODE OF LED



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Comments

xman2 (author)2012-03-29

Thanks for the info

darrenah (author)2016-05-10

with new LED's you can tell by the legs; the longer leg is the Anode. Also, on some LED's the "bent" leg is the Anode. "Bent" means they put an angle in the leg near the top.

dharmar5 (author)2015-09-07

thanq

Mosfet510 (author)2014-09-30

Hi, a very helpful instructable for people learning electronics, but it says in the description of led polarity, that the shorter one is +v, and larger -v? Another way to identify them is by the flat side (-) or a notch. Just thought Id mention it.

Doc_Cottom (author)2014-03-15

I just learned something.... do not use super glue to hold LEDs in place. It does something to the plastic the LED is made of, and renders it ruined.

dannystaple (author)2013-09-03

You could also have mentioned that the cathode has a flat side on many round LED types.

kelvinmead (author)2013-07-03

just a shame that you hold the led the wrong way around to the circuit symbol.

this would make this even less confusing!

Yeah i did hold the circuit in the either direction, sorry about that , But you see there is also + and - Symbol to make life easy. :) . Plus I don’t THINK its such big issue for me being ashamed of, as you attempt to project here . anyway thanks for an attempt and comment . :) ;-)

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