Originally Posted by Dezrae
I feel humbled that someone liked my idea and built on it.
But, you didnt say how the leds were wired up though.
Were they done in series or parallel. Maybe add another post with information of how to wire it up so that anyone can understand it and others may use your design or pick betwen your design or mine or even come up with their own.
How bright are the leds??? how many MCD are they???
I found with just 3 of them and a small resistor that it is way bright.my photos didnt do my job justice.
if you want buckets of light and just one led, you could use a luxeon led just a single 1 watt led would do the trick and mount it in the corner of the pannier.
Top work though!
and thanks for the comments. Some answers / explanations to your questions:
I had only once read your thorough instructions and as I have worked with leds before (built my own saddlebag reflector / led set) I just built my own led strip by connecting the leds parallel.
Actually I did not want to "steal the show" from you and I thought whoever wants to make his own set should look at your instructions in any case. Now I realized that maybe I connected my leds differently. I used a twin cable and soldered the leds + side (equipped with a proper resistor, don't ask the ohms, I just bought 14 leds and 14 resistors and the salesman picked the resistors as I told him that I'm feeding the led with 13,5 volts) to the other wire and the cathode (-) to the other wire.
And of course I did not take pictures of that part since I thought your instructios were so thorough...
How bright the leds are or how many MCD (???) they are? Well, all I know they light up the saddlebag nicely and they are 5 mm in diameter and if I remember correctly they were rated about 3,xx volts each, but that does not tell the brightness, does it? The salesman instructed me that it is wiser to rate the resistors so that the leds are not fed with too high voltage as that affects their lifetime. Therefore I rated my resistors to 13,5 volts instead of 12 V.
I took the pictures of those details that made differently (and should have taken pictures of the leds solderings as well...).
Anyone who wants to make similar or a combination can ask either one of us and we can sort him out.