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.

LED Butterfly Pop Up Card

Craft an illuminated butterfly pop up card with copper tape, two LEDs, and a battery.

Vibe-O-Matic 3000

We attempt to emulate a car seat to ease a baby to sleep.

APA102 Addressable LED Hookup Guide

Connect, power, and control your APA102 addressable LED strip!

SparkFun RTK Express Hookup Guide

Learn how to use the enclosed RTK Express product to achieve millimeter level geospatial coordinates.

 

Interested in learning more about LEDs?

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

Take me there!

 

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