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Learn About LED Lighting


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Hands-On Application for LED Lighting – Wiring LED Lights for specific applications – LED Lights are becoming very popular for several applications around the home. This will help you learn more about LED Lights.

Practical Applications For LED Lighting

Electrical Question: I have an old Air Hockey Table and today I replaced the power chord because the old one had broken, works great now, minus the fact that it’s an old fan giving it the air power. I’m going to be wiring up a switch to it, a simple ON/OFF light switch I had handy will work.

The problem though, is that I want to wire some LED’s to it to have some more light on the playing surface. The issue is not getting the LED’s but how to wire them to the power source because they require so little voltage compared to the Hockey Table, I think the table is 125v. So I can’t just wire them directly to the Main power source.

I know how to wire them so they have a separate power source such as some batteries but I don’t want to do that. Some one was telling me to use some Resistors but I don’t know how to wire these or which to buy. Here’s the specifications on the LED’s I’ll be using:

–WHITE–
Source Material: InGaN
Emitting Colour: White
Emitting Wavelength (nm): NA (Broad)
Size: 3mm
Intensity (mcd): 7000-9000
Viewing Angle (deg): 20
Forward Voltage (V): 3.0-3.4
Forward Current (mA): 20-30

–BLUE–
Source Material: InGaN
Emitting Colour: Blue
Emitting Wavelength (nm): 465-470
Size: 3mm
Intensity (mcd): 5000-7000
Viewing Angle (deg): 20
Forward Voltage (V): 3.0-3.2
Forward Current (mA): 20-30

–GREEN–
Source Material: AlGaInP
Emitting Colour: Pure Green
Emitting Wavelength (nm): 520-525
Size: 3mm
Intensity (mcd): 12000-15000
Viewing Angle (deg): 20
Forward Voltage (V): 2.8-3.2
Forward Current (mA): 20-30

–RED–
Source Material: AlGaInP
Emitting Colour: Red
Emitting Wavelength (nm): 625-630
Size: 3mm
Intensity (mcd): 8000-10000
Viewing Angle (deg): 20
Forward Voltage (V): 1.8-1.9
Forward Current (mA): 20-30

This electrical wiring question came from: James from Carson, California.
Additional Comments: Your website is very very helpful on everything else I have looked up.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question James.

Hands-On Application for LED Lighting

Wiring LED Lights for specific applications
LED Lights are becoming very popular for several applications around the home. This will help you learn more about LED Lights.

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2 Responses to “Learn About LED Lighting”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Jonathan,
    The lighting industry is always changing towards more efficient lighting technologies, and we see this happening with LED lighting as well. Some countries are retrofitting public lighting fixtures in mass quantities which will require an initial up front investment, but in the long term will end up being a great savings in energy, and help in the movement towards a more Green Environment. There are several opportunities within the LED and other lighting technologies, from design, manufacturing, distribution, and best of all the application and installation. You may work with a interior designer or decorator who is knowledgeable about these new lighting technologies, where they may refer their clients to contractors and installers to perform the work.
    Best of luck with your career in LED Lighting Technologies!
    Dave

  2. Jonathan Mazanec says:

    Hello,
    I am looking to start a career in the new LED technology. Can you please give me an idea where to start, because finding a school that offers information on the LED is almost impossible. Any help is greatly appreciated!
    Thank you.
    Jonathan