How can I add LEDs safely to an existing power source?? Answered
I'm working on designing a way to light the interior of a NES (the original Nintendo Entertainment System.) What I would like to do is remove portions of the case and replace them with plexiglass... then wire some LEDs together to light the interior of the unit. I have a couple of questions.
1. Can I wire the LEDs and resistors into another piece of plexiglass that I've drilled holes into to accommodate them or simply affix them with hot-glue? Do I need to wrap bared bits of wire with electrical tape or should I spray them down with more hot glue? I've seen both in DIY projects...
2. How can I safely find a place on the system board to tap off of (power source and ground) or multiple sources if need be? How much power can I tap without causing problems with the system's primary functions themselves? Would I need to add any other setup to do this or is it possible to simply solder wires onto the source(s) and then "tap" the power from them to the LEDs/resistors?
Thank you in advance for your answers and please bare with me if I seem totally ignorant to the world of electronics as I am just starting off!