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Old 08-02-2008, 10:54 AM
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I Don't Want to Blow these LEDs Up!

So a week ago my friend bought this ****ty 1800 watt Visonik amp. For some reason it went wack and he threw it in a trashcan at my house without even troubleshooting it really.

So its fairgame right? The only thing I ever liked about this amp was that it had 14 red LEDs built inside of it. They are kind of expensive to buy at the store! So i managed to rip it apart and attain two strips with 7 LEDs on each one.

They even have nice positive and negative wires coming from them. But I dont wanna just hook them up and blow them. Im figuring since theyre from a car amp they are 12v but do I need any resistors or anything?
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Re: I Don't Want to Blow these LEDs Up!

basically all you need is just a 12v lead to your battery with a fuse on it.. then have a switch on your dash or something
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Re: I Don't Want to Blow these LEDs Up!

It should be fine but you would have to run them in series, the only bad thing is if one blows the other wont light up.
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Re: I Don't Want to Blow these LEDs Up!

you don't nnnneeeeed to run them in series. But you should unless you want one + and one - wire coming from each led lol..... Spider webs are fun.....
As long as you run at 12v you should be fine..... LED's really arnt to picky..... Unless for some great odd and unknown reason the amp manufacture had the amp lower the voltage to the leds to some 4 volts or come crap which is a ridiculous thought. Especially since led's that run bright at lower volts are more expensive....
Run an inline fuse just for saftey incase you get a short or somthing. Don't wnat your car catching on fire lol....
And just like yogi said the one thing that sucks is that since you will be going in series with the lights if one goes the rest down the line won't light..... Kinda like christmas lights and under the same theory.....
What do u need with red led's anyway? Plan on going knight rider?
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Re: I Don't Want to Blow these LEDs Up!

Well it sounds pretty simple. I don't have any idea yet. It's free so what the heck. I have red leather interior.
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Re: I Don't Want to Blow these LEDs Up!

wire them into your dome light so when u open the door they turn on it looks sexy
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Re: I Don't Want to Blow these LEDs Up!

www.superbrightleds.com for replacement bulbs
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Re: I Don't Want to Blow these LEDs Up!

Hold on here! There are different voltage LEDs out there and you will rarely find 12v LEDs. Most have a resistor in line. 4v is very common. Im not entirely sure what resistance you wil need to get your desired brightness. But in the same breath you would possibly hook them up and they will be golden. If you can hook up the amp and use a meter to check what voltage they run off of. Better safe than sorry.
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Re: I Don't Want to Blow these LEDs Up!

i know that some leds come with resistors build into them
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Re: I Don't Want to Blow these LEDs Up!

Get a 3v battery and connect it to the series. See how well it lights up. If you sent too much voltage to the LED's you will fry them. I know from personal experience. Odds are on the amp, there was a resister somewhere that dropped it down to 3v. The climate control LED's are 3v, but the bulbs that light up the icons are 12v. So don't think just because its in an environment that receives 12v input, that the LEDs are run off of 12v. Play it save and test. you can use the small type batteries that are 3v (in series too if 3v isn't enough), or just some AA batteries.
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Re: I Don't Want to Blow these LEDs Up!

u should put some pics of where u install them after u put them in
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