very simple led sign. cant understand electronics.

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  1. martindev

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    what i want to do is create a very simple led sign. it consists of 80 leds. i would like to have it charge in the day, then power at night. i am wondering what kind of battery i need, the type of schematic i would need, and if i can do this withought resistors. i am on an extremmely low budget. also, car batterys are plentiful. people throw them away like nothing. can i use a car battery? if you would like i can upload a drawing of the idea i have.


    if you must know, it is for an led throwie project i have in mind. instead of having lots of little leds, i could have one sign. and i could place this on a building or somthing.

    also, to try to visualize this, imagine a sign, saying urban ninja. urban, containing 43 leds, and ninja, containing 37 leds. i dont need it blinking, or moving. all i want is it to last a long time.
     
  2. martindev

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    also, i meant that if i can do it with out resistors for each individual led.
     
  3. Gadget

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    5 red LEDs in series would need a single limit resistor of around 270 ohm with a 12 volt supply.
    5 Green or yellow LEDs in series would need a single limit resistor of around 150 ohms
    3 white LEDs in series with a 12 volt supply would need around 100 ohm series resistor
    All made on the assumption that there is a 12 volt supply.. around 12 - 15mA thru the LEDs, Red LEDs with 1.7 volt forward drop, yellow and green with 2 volt forward drop, and white with 3.5 volt forward drop.
    Several banks of these series strings could be wired up in parallel to give you your display.
     
  4. martindev

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    i think my mind just imploded. how would i go about doing that? i still want it to charge during the day.
     
  5. martindev

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    again, i know nothing of electronics. about the only thing i know how to do is, mess with leds.
     
  6. Gadget

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    Heres the LED array for red or green or yellow LED's
    This doesn't include charging or Auto night day switching....
    Can you see why using the Series/parallel array would work, and why if would be 5 times more effiecient than single resistor/LED's off a 12 volt battery..?
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  7. martindev

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    thanks man, i think i understand now. ill just google around for some charger stuff, and figure it out from there. i have another question, that is for a different project, ill ask in another thread. its completely different. thanks gadget.
     
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