Can you change laser diode for LED to produce white light? Answered
I have an existing circuit that I'm removing from a donor device that currently uses a class 3R / 5mw laser diode running off of two 357 batteries (1.55v, I believe). The functionality of this module is ideal for my application (has an on/off button positioned exactly where I would like it), but I want to repurpose it to produce white light, not a focused laser beam. I know next to nothing about circuitry, so pardon me in advance if this is either a dumb question or just not feasible: Is it possible to just de-solder the 5mw laser diode and replace it with a white LED, and if so, what specs do I require for the LED? The existing circuit is tiny, so just making a new module is beyond anything I could do, despite simple LED circuits being relatively easy to put together. Thanks in advance to any answer I might get.