# Do you need a resistor for LED lights?

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An LED (Light Emitting Diode) emits light when an electric current passes through it. The simplest circuit to power an LED is a voltage source with a resistor and an LED in series. Such a resistor is often called a ballast resistor. … If the voltage source is equal to the voltage drop of the LED, no resistor is required.

## What happens if you don’t use a resistor with an LED?

When hooking up an LED, you are always supposed to use a current-limiting resistor to protect the LED from the full voltage. If you hook the LED up directly to the 5 volts without a resistor, the LED will be over-driven, it will be very bright for a while, and then it will burn out.

## What resistance should I use for LED?

Basics: Picking Resistors for LEDs

Power Supply Voltage LED Color Resistor (rounded)
3 V Red, Yellow, or Yellow-Green 51 Ω
4.5 V Red, Yellow, or Yellow-Green 39 Ω
4.5 V Blue, Green, White, or UV 51 Ω
5 V Blue, Green, White, or UV 68 Ω
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## What happens if there is no resistor?

a) If there is no resistor in the circuit ( as in , if you completely remove the resistor) , then there will be no current flowing in the circuit. However, there will be a voltage at the 2 terminal points where the removed resistor used to be.

## Should resistor go before after LED?

It doesn’t matter! The resistor can go before – or after – the LED, and it will still protect it. the current that flows out of a battery is always equal to the current that flows back into the battery. … An LED has something called a “forward voltage”.

## Do I need a resistor for a 12V LED?

1 Answer. AFAIK there is no, or at least no common, led diode that is typically 12V forward voltage by it self. 12V led are modules that consist of some combination of diodes and resistors to make them suitable for 12V power applications without needing extra current limiting.

## Can I connect a LED directly to a battery?

Never connect an LED directly to a battery or power supply because the LED is likely to be destroyed by excessive current passing through it. resistor is suitable for most LEDs if your supply voltage is 12V or less.

## What resistor do I need for 12V LED?

Originally Answered: In order to light an LED with a 12V, what resistor value is needed? LEDs are forward biased for light emitting, In forward bias the resistance value will be less. typically 10 Ohms to maximum 100 0hms. For safe calculation you may take 50 ohms.

## What happens if a high voltage is connected to an LED directly?

The voltage drops across all of these resistors plus the LED’s intrinsic voltage drop will add up to the battery voltage. The only question is: At what current does this happen? If it is high enough your LED will cook and burn up.

## How many LEDs can a 12V battery power?

If you wire a whole bunch of LEDs in parallel rather than dividing the power supplied to them between them, they all share it. So, a 12V battery wired to four 3V LEDs in series would distribute 3V to each of the LEDs.

## How do you know if a resistor is ohmic?

A resistor is ‘Ohmic’ if as voltage across the resistor is increased, a graph of voltage versus current shows a straight line (indicating a constant resistance). The slope of the line is the value of the resistance. A resistor is ‘non-Ohmic’ if the graph of voltage versus current is not a straight line.

## Do you need a resistor in a circuit?

Resistors are needed to set currents and adjust voltage levels through a series circuit. They are used for other functions too, like part of frequency filters, oscillators etc. etc.

## Why do leds need a resistor?

The simplest circuit to power an LED is a voltage source with a resistor and an LED in series. … The ballast resistor is used to limit the current through the LED and to prevent that it burns. If the voltage source is equal to the voltage drop of the LED, no resistor is required.

## Do resistors go on positive or negative side of LED?

Since this resistor is only being used to limit current through the circuit, it can actually be located on either side of the LED. Placing the resistor on the positive (anode) side of the resistor will have no differing effects from placing the resistor on the negative (cathode) side of the LED.

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## Is there a positive and negative side to a resistor?

Resistors do not have positive or negative terminals. However, when current flows through a resistor then the voltage drop across the resistor do have a polarity. … The resistor doesn’t have positive or negative terminal.

## How do you attach a resistor to an LED?

Solder one end of a copper wire to the remaining resistor lead. Solder one end of a second copper wire to the long lead of the red LED. The long lead is the cathode (positive) lead of the LED. Hold the negative side LED/copper wire to the negative terminal of a 1.5 to 3.0 volt battery. 