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how to tell the diff between pos or neg on led Answered

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Junk_Wizard
Junk_Wizard

12 years ago

If you have scavenged the LED (like I do most of the time) the longer (positive) side has already been cut. You can tell (99.9% of the time) which side is positive and negative just by looking at the contacts inside of the LED. Usually there are two pieces of metal inside an LED, the bigger one (usually with a 'bowl' shape at the top) is the negative while the smaller, longer one (usually with a VERY small wire going into the 'bowl') is positive Doesn't work ALL of the time, but I'm sure you won't encounter any problems...

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11010010110
11010010110

12 years ago

in 5 mm leds there is cut side on the base of the plastic. this side is - in new leds the longer wire is + try with battery and resistor and see. wet finger is subsitute for the resistor (and good one for blue or white leds) in most leds the cup is - snd the stick is + (not s rule though - there are lots of leds where its the other way)

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stevebb99
stevebb99

Answer 12 years ago

thank you it works yea