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LED series parallel array wizard http://led.linear1.org/led.

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The LED series/parallel array wizard is a calculator that will help you design large arrays of
LEDs. The LED calculator was great for single LEDs--but when you have several, the wizard
will help you arrange them in a series or combined series/parallel configuration. The wizard
determines the current limiting resistor value for each portion of the array and calculates power
consumed. All you need to know are the specs of your LEDs and how many you'd like to use.

Source voltage
diode forward voltage
diode forward current (mA)
number of LEDs in your array
View output as: ASCII schematic wiring diagram
help with resistor color codes

Solution 0: 4 x 4 array, 3 extra LEDs

R = 33 ohms

R = 33 ohms

+9V R = 33 ohms

R = 33 ohms

R = 150 ohms

The wizard says: In solution 0:

each 33 ohm resistor dissipates 13.2 mW


the wizard thinks 1/4W resistors are fine for your application
the 150 ohm resistor dissipates 60 mW
the wizard thinks 1/4W resistors are fine for your application
together, all resistors dissipate 112.8 mW
together, the diodes dissipate 798 mW
total power dissipated by the array is 910.8 mW
the array draws current of 100 mA from the source.

Solution 1: 3 x 6 array, 1 extra LED

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+9V R = 150 ohms

The wizard says: In solution 1: R = 150 ohms

each 150 ohm resistor dissipates 60 mW


R = 150 ohms
the wizard thinks 1/4W resistors are fine for your application
the 390 ohm resistor dissipates 156
R = 150 mW
ohms
the wizard thinks 1/2W resistors are needed for your application
together, all resistors dissipate
R = 516 mW
150 ohms
together, the diodes dissipate 798 mW
total power dissipated by theRarray is 1314 mW
= 150 ohms
the array draws current of 140 mA from the source.
R = 390 ohms

Solution 2: 2 x 9 array, 1 extra LED

R = 270 ohms

R = 270 ohms

R = 270 ohms

R = 270 ohms

R = 270 ohms
+9V
R = 270 ohms

R = 270 ohms

R = 270 ohms

R = 270 ohms

R = 390 ohms

The wizard says: In solution 2:

each 270 ohm resistor dissipates 108 mW


the wizard thinks 1/4W resistors are fine for your application
the 390 ohm resistor dissipates 156 mW
the wizard thinks 1/2W resistors are needed for your application
together, all resistors dissipate 1128 mW
together, the diodes dissipate 798 mW
total power dissipated by the array is 1926 mW
the array draws current of 200 mA from the source.

Solution 3: 1 x 19 array uses 19 LEDs exactly

+9V R = 390 ohms

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R = 390 ohms

R = 390 ohms

R = 390 ohms

R = 390 ohms

R = 390 ohms

R = 390 ohms

R = 390 ohms

R = 390 ohms

R = 390 ohms

R = 390 ohms

R = 390 ohms

R = 390 ohms

R = 390 ohms

R = 390 ohms

R = 390 ohms

R = 390 ohms

R = 390 ohms

R = 390 ohms

The wizard says: In solution 3:

each 390 ohm resistor dissipates 156 mW


the wizard thinks 1/2W resistors are needed for your application
together, all resistors dissipate 2964 mW
together, the diodes dissipate 798 mW
total power dissipated by the array is 3762 mW
the array draws current of 380 mA from the source.

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