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So I've been keen to light up some of my models for a while now, but find the whole prospect to be a bit daunting. Just wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of a good tutorial. I'd like to know what type of LEDs to use, how to wire them, and how to power them. I've looked through a few online lighting shops, and the amount of stuff to choose from is overwhelming. I assume that most of it's no good for miniatures, but have no idea what's right. Anyway, a tutorial would be great, failing that, any tips anyone has from doing similar projects would be much appreciated
I've been looking for the same of late, here's what i've found.
What I haven't found is a good place to purchase surface mount LED's. The highest quality website is a UK site, the US sites seem to not want to give detailed information on 12 cent products. Websites also don't really make it clear what the power requirements are for these LED's at least not for someone with as little knowledge on the subject as I do.
This is the best website i've found, it seems to have everything I can think of, switch, LED, wire, resistors (although I have no idea on which resistor I need). http://www.rapidonline.com/
Last edited by Narse; April 10th, 2010 at 13:00.
Hello I have actually put LED's on 3 of my tanks two Vindicators and my new home made Manticore well the missiles. If you want pics I will put some up when I get off work later.
As for what you need you just need a battery, wires, an LED or LED's if you want more then one on a string, and you might need something called a resistor if your using a heavy battery with a low voltage LED. a good site to figure out the resistors is Design Aids
you also might like to get a switch of some sort to turn you light on and off. and as for a place to get the materials is simply Radio Shack.
If you do things right people wont be sure if you have done anything at all.
Radio Shack I went to didn't have surface LED's just had the larger sizes... maybe i went to a bad one?
Ok guys, thanks for the replies, and especially the links, they were very helpful. I've done a bit more research, and I've decided that the best thing to use would be a 0805 surface LED. I've been into Jaycar (electronics dealer in Australia, sounds similar to Radio Shack) and they have the LEDs, but no spec sheets. They were unable to tell me what voltage or amps they run at, and therefor I cant work out what resistor I'd need. I also found similar, if not the same LEDs on ebay, much cheaper, and they have a link to the datasheet. This is where i need someone with a little electrical know-how. Here is a link to the datasheet PDF: http://www.kingbright.com/manager/up...89136491.10%29. What I need to know is the ideal voltage, and the amps. I may just not be interpreting it right, or maybe I'm just missing it somewhere, but it's all very confusing to me. If someone could take a look and let me know how to read it or where to find the info I'd greatly appreciate it.