Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

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Resources and Going Further

You've made it! You know, like, almost everything... about LEDs. Now go forth and put LEDs on whatever you please! And now... a dramatic reenactment of an LED without a current limiting resistor being over powered and burning itself out:

LED GIF

Yeah... it's not spectacular.

If you'd like to learn more about some LED related topics, visit these other tutorials:

Light

Light is a useful tool for the electrical engineer. Understanding how light relates to electronics is a fundamental skill for many projects.

IR Communication

This tutorial explains how common infrared (IR) communication works, as well as shows you how to set up a simple IR transmitter and receiver with an Arduino.

Das Blinken Top Hat

A top hat decked out with LED strips makes for a heck of a wedding gift.

How LEDs are Made

We take a tour of a LED manufacturer and learn how PTH 5mm LEDs are made for SparkFun.

Electric Power

An overview of electric power, the rate of energy transfer. We'll talk definition of power, watts, equations, and power ratings. 1.21 gigawatts of tutorial fun!

Sound Detector Hookup Guide

The Sound Detector is a microphone with a binary output. This guide explains how it works and how you can use it in your projects.

micro:bit Breakout Board Hookup Guide

How to get started with the micro:bit breakout board.

Lumenati Hookup Guide

Lumenati is our line of APA102c-based addressable LED boards. We'll show you how to bring the sparkle to your projects!

 

Interested in learning more about LEDs?

See our LED page for everything you need to know to start using these components in your project.

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Or check out some of these related blog posts:

Interested in learning more foundational topics?

See our Engineering Essentials page for a full list of cornerstone topics surrounding electrical engineering.

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