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Help with smd LED Answered

Hey everyone, Recently I purchased an smd LED just for learning purposes. Personally, I have no clue how to use it and where I can put it. I have read on the internet about how you can use them for reading lights, buses, planes, etc etc. They are extremely small, and only 2 very small places where I can solder wires to. I have no clue how to use this. Do you use it on a circuit board? Not using a circuit board? I have no clue. Thanks a ton, Brennn10

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FrenchCrawler
FrenchCrawler

14 years ago

Just as LasVegas said... You can use it on circuit boards or just solder it to some wires.... the choice is up to you. The way I solder SMDs is use tweezers or helping hands to hold it in place while the solder cools... If you're soldering it onto a circuit board, you could improvise and use a small nail or paper clip to hold it down. I'd suggest first marking on the bottom which side is the positive terminal using a red marker or a black marker to show the negative terminal. I personally use the leads cut off of a regular LED along with a 3V coin cell battery to test the LEDs.

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LasVegas
LasVegas

14 years ago

SMD LEDs work exactly the same as other LEDs.