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Hey guys... I've been wondering on how to do a led strip similar to this. http://jab-tech.com/Flex-Light-Pro-3...V-pr-3932.html

I want to buy leds like this http://cgi.ebay.com/5mm-UV-LED-Bulb-...2em118Q2el1247
and put them in a flexible on a wire... For the power, it would connect to a molex, does anyone know how to do this? Thanks in advance!

MAybe use this http://jab-tech.com/300MCD-5mm-UV-le...k-pr-2392.html, instead of th ebay one?
Edited by puzzledazn - 5/15/08 at 9:34pm
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post #2 of 26
um, just hook them all up to the yellow wire and the black one right beside it.

nothing more to it.
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Uhh... where can i purchase this kind of wire? And... they do have positive and negatives, how do i do it, am a total newb. Also, where can i purchaes a molex that connects to a wire... am really confused lol.
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are you wanting flexibility within this chain, what kind of circuit are you going to use? (Series or Parallel)
    
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I want to solder it onto a flexible wire and then I can adjust to where ever I want to put the LED. As for parallel or series, that i need help on lol.
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post #6 of 26
yellow molex <-> (+ LED -) <-> (+ LED -) <-> (+ LED -) <-> black molex

Pretty simple stuff... the above is a series chain (like hooking up batteries basically)... The range on those LEDs are 6-12V, and since I'm sure you want them bright, I would use the yellow molex (12v line)

Give me a second and I'll draw it up on MS Paint

*edit* there

Edited by killa_concept - 5/15/08 at 9:52pm
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yellow molex <-> (+ LED -) <-> (+ LED -) <-> (+ LED -) <-> black molex

Pretty simple stuff... the above is a series chain (like hooking up batteries basically)... The range on those LEDs are 6-12V, and since I'm sure you want them bright, I would use the yellow molex (12v line)

Give me a second and I'll draw it up on MS Paint

*edit* there
Thanks killa_concept, I really needed that ! lol


Also, one leg on the led represents + and the other represents - right? How do i know which is which?
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post #8 of 26
And to prettify it and turn it into an actual singular strip...



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Thanks killa_concept, I really needed that ! lol
Also, one leg on the led represents + and the other represents - right? How do i know which is which?


Longer leg is always postive
Edited by killa_concept - 5/15/08 at 10:01pm
post #9 of 26
If you look closely at each led, one leg of the LCD is longer than the other! That's the Anode (+) the shorter one is the cathode (-).
If you happen to have clipped the wires before checking; Look at the LED from the top--->
there is one side of the base that is flattened ( so looks like a D instead of an O) The leg next to the flattened side is the (-). If all else fails, just hook it up - it's a diode; one way round it will work, the other it won't.
cheers
Good luck

[Edit] Killa's picture sure is mo purdiffiier than my description
Edited by SpcCdr - 5/15/08 at 10:06pm
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post #10 of 26
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I sent to research and saw someone doing this...

http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/9963/img0072qu4.jpg

Is that what you are describing killa? also, where can i get that type of wire ?

Thanks again to everyone!
Edited by puzzledazn - 5/15/08 at 10:07pm
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