# LED As a Solar Cell

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## Introduction: LED As a Solar Cell

Here the presented instructable shows you how to generate electricity from LED. LED acts as a solar cell when it is kept in reverse bias condition. Read the complete instructable to know how to use LED as a Solar Cell.

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## Step 1: Materials

1. LED

2. Multimeter

3. Source of Light

## Step 2: LED

LED is the light emitting Diode. In my previous instructable I have shown you how to Generate Electricity from Diode. Here, LED is used which is also one type of Diode.

Here LED is to be kept in Reverse Bias i.e. Negative terminal of the LED should be connected to positive terminal of Multi meter and vice versa.

## Step 3: How To

As decided earlier Connect the LED in Reverse Bias Condition

## Step 4: Observations

When the LED is open in the sun there are readings on multi meter and when the Sunlight is blocked then there are no voltages.

See the images for the observations.

## Step 5: In Artificial Light

Here I have kept the LED under the Tubelight very near to it. It generates about 1.5v.

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## 7 Discussions

Well that is Interesting have you measured the current of the led is exposed to light? I never knew LED could act like that.

which led i can use means which color or type

I suspect that for any "usefull" applicatons, this would require several leds in parallel. Is that correct? Havd you tried measuring current output? Four in srries with enough parallel rows to get a useful current might just charge your cell phone. Worth comparing to a solar cell with similar padameters.

Yes you are definitely perfect. Well it can't charge your cell phone due to very less or no current obtained.

Great project. I just tried this on a few LEDs and it does work remarkably well. I got 1.6 volts when I exposed them to the outside sun light. And it was a solid 1.6 volts as well, measured on a Fluke multi-meter. Sure makes my head wonder now. Hummm.

cool! have u tried using it to power somethin? (I havent been able to see the vid yet, so, apology if its on vid)