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Help with an LED tealight project. Answered

I am hoping to use some LED tealights for an upcoming project, but I want a way to connect about 20 tealights to one switch so I can turn them on and off at the same time. All the tealights already have batteries with them, I just figured there must be a way to bypass the individual switches, and use just one switch. I really have no idea what to do, as this is something totally new to me, but I am a fast learner, so if someone can just give me and idea of what to do, I'll try it on a small scale, and then work from there. Thanks!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

Hmm...

  • Maybe open up all the tealights to get at the switches.
  • Remove the switches and replace with lengths of wire.
  • Connect all the positive-side wires together, and all the negative-side wires together.
  • Connect the two bunches of wire via a single switch.

You may also be able to remove all the batteries from the tealights, short out the battery compartments, and replace the batteries with a single (rechargeable?) battery in series with the switch I just mentioned.
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Albino_Mag
Albino_Mag

Reply 11 years ago

Well I am totally lost. I opened up one of the tealights and the switch is connected to three little prongs which in turned are connected to a circuit board. No clue what to do at this point.

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Albino_Mag
Albino_Mag

11 years ago

Anyone? I hate to sound rude, but I'd really like to make progress by tonight.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

The Answers section works better for quick replies (or it doesn't work at all). To switch them all with one switch you'd need to wire all of them to one switch. You might consider stacking the batteries in series and connecting the LEDs in series also. If you need more explanation I can post a diagram (later)

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