Written for beginners by a beginner. This project is my first project using LEDs, and I have documented it to present it to the world. I mounted two green LEDs in a sign that I could hang in my bathroom to solve certain...ahem..."problems."

Step 1: Materials

This is the list of parts I used in my project. All electronic parts were bought from Radioshack. If you can stand to wait, order some parts online. Radioshack has an absurd markup price. I went there because I'm an impatient teenager, and I wanted to do the project NOW. I am using a potentiometer because i wanted to be able to dim the LED, and a switch to turn it on and off.

-A two pack of green LEDs (part number 276-304)
-a SPST (single pole, single throw) toggle switch (part number 275-612)
-a 10 ohm resistor. I just had this lying around.
-3 AA batteries
-a 5K audiotaper Potentiometer (part number 271-1720)
-random pieces of wire that I had lying around.
-an "aquired" sign.
-a soldering iron
Where did you get the knob? RadioShack?
Why do you have a potentiometer?
potentiometer is used to increase or decrease the light of LED
o. :D
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Guys take it easy, It's true, in Technical University they told us that is dangerous to solder on batteries. But I did it so many times I forgot the number. Iam 42 and I am doing this for 22 years. Nothing happened ever to me or any other technician I know. The secret it's one....Yes you can solder on batteries, but very quick and shortly.
Ive done it too but anyone is skeptical they can just buy a batery holder or tear one out of a broken toy.
mst u guys r lucky i cant buy LEDs
Why Not???
i checked all the hobbie shops and nothin i dont no where else to check u got any ideas
Might find some in the dump or on junk by the wayside if all else fails.
Okay,<br/>If you have a Paypal, you can order of the internet from one of the two stores:<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.radioshack.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&amp;kw=led&amp;origkw=LED%20&amp;sr=1">http://www.radioshack.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&amp;kw=led&amp;origkw=LED%20&amp;sr=1</a><br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/categories.php?cPath=51_89">http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/categories.php?cPath=51_89</a><br/><br/>If you have a Radio Shack near you, you should go there, here is a store Locater:<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.radioshack.com/storeLocator3/index.jsp?clickid=rsk_header_storeLocator">http://www.radioshack.com/storeLocator3/index.jsp?clickid=rsk_header_storeLocator</a><br/><br/>I Hope I helped.<br/><br/>~Alex<br/>
Please note: soldering to a battery is an excellent way to heat up and potentially cause an explosion. It is best to use electrical tape or some other adhesive rather than solder directly to a battery terminal. Be Safe rather than Sorry and covered in an acidic mess!
w00t acidic messes :D ugh not fun to get Battery acid in your eyes o.o<br />
yeahhhh... its not really a good idea to solder to a bettery...
why would you need a pot for this circuit? I don't see a need for dimming the leds
Code for falstad circuit simulator (http://www.falstad.com/circuit/):<br/>$ 1 5.0E-6 382.76258214399064 50 5.0 50<br/>v 336 272 336 256 0 0 40.0 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.5<br/>v 336 256 336 240 0 0 40.0 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.5<br/>v 336 240 336 224 0 0 40.0 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.5<br/>s 336 224 336 176 0 0 false<br/>174 368 160 304 160 0 5000.0 0.9950000000000001 Pot. Position<br/>r 304 160 240 160 0 10.0<br/>162 240 160 240 224 1 2.1024259 0.0 1.0 0.0<br/>162 240 224 240 288 1 2.1024259 0.0 1.0 0.0<br/>w 240 288 336 288 0<br/>w 336 288 336 272 0<br/>o 5 64 0 35 0.3125 0.025 0 -1<br/>
Yeah REALLY BAD IDEA to solder battery or any other kind of engery sources.
Thanks for making this tutorial. I didn't know where to look to start learning this and everything seems so advanced. I plan on putting some LEDs on one of my art pieces and i needed it to blink so I will go slow and keep up with your lessons. :) thanks much
either i'm now thinkin today or i'm right because i'm pretty sure there is no such thing and no reason as a 10 ohm resistor
nice im gonna try something like that
is the potentiometer is only for the look?I don't understand
Close, the knob is for looks, the pentiometer is a variable resistor that makes the LEDs brighter or dimmer.
Nice, thank you!
You're welcome.
Flushing? *Pshaw*
Why not use a pizeo transducer to pick up on the loud flush, and then shut off after that? Simple flip-flop chip should do the job!
nice idea! I think it would be mroe affective to use a switch inside the toilet on the flushing handle tho (be sure not to get it wet)
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I like your LED project. May I suggest that you add aschematic diagram. As a beginner in electronics you could learn much by drawing one. Great stuff...... richjd
Personally, I think a 12v inverter (as used in a CCFL) connected to the metal urinal and step would negate the need for a LED. The audible signal could be heard for many kilometers :P 'Scuze my dry sense of humour. It's an Aussie thing ;) Great post ! - eight
Simple! But thats because you did an awesome job on the instructions. GREAT JOB. I wish only a few of the adults on the Corvette Site I belong to could explain things as clearly and completely as you have done. I really like the idea one guy had of adding a motion detector to trigger the Flush lights - now how about one for put the g---damned seat up!! and Wash your hands. The only problem I see is naming your yacht after you have made a fortune selling these things restaurants and other public bathrooms.
If the wires from the switch (each post I mean) are touching eachother will the switch become useless? If so, is it possible to completely just get rid of the switch and just use the potentiometer? I would try it myself, but I just completed the project and I basically have a crap load of electrical tape everywhere (I didn't try soldering because I suck at it) and I want to make sure it would work that way if I did it.
how come when figuring out which resistor you need and you used the led caculator you said you nedded a volate drop to 2.1 I though you only neede a voltage drop to 4.2 because there are 2 led's
Sweet sauce! I just finished making mine. This is my first soldering project. Thanks much for the directions and idea!
Thanks for the info on the calculator. I have wanted to "play" with LEDs for a while but that math piece was getting in the way. With this information in hand I think I can do it. Thanks again!
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thanks for the correction Invisible!
I'm a reeeeeel beginner at this electronics stuff. so a simple project like this helps me learn a lot. Thanx a bunch.
Put a timer and a motion detector on instead of a switch -- now that would be freaky! ;-) This is a good intro to show how to add LEDs to projects! Keep up the instructables! -Matt
SPST = Single Pole Single Throw<br/>SPDT = Single Pole Double Throw<br/>;)<br/>
THAT IS SOOOO SWEET! I mean... an LED "please flush" sign is SWEET, but with a DIMMER SWITCH?... that's freaking AWESOME! Love ya Will. -Phil

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