I received 1000 clear white, daylight balances LED’s today in the mail and quickly set about screwing some of them up. Apparently, when you have an LED that is rated for 3.4 volts(V) and you hook it up to a 9V battery, well, it burns it out. So, I now have 996 LEDs. Anyways, Im wading through all of the electrical connections and the math involved with it and I think that I have it down. I still need to decide on either a 12V power supply or a 20V supply. Its not a huge deal and I guess I will go with the 12V to be safe. I have also figured out that I need to run these in parallel rather than series. All in all, almost ready to start soldering.
Still on the shopping list…
About 400 resistors
Some sort of perforated board to hold the LED’s (ideas here? Unfortunately peg board will not work)