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- High voltage drop LED on computer MB
- Robert Murphy
March 16, 2005, 12:24 am
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This is all a bit non-consequential, but thought I'd dive in anyway.
I'd like to replace the standard power LED on a computer with a white one,
(DSE part Z-3980), purely for aesthetic reasons. I don't want to drive it
at full brightness - the spec sheets claim 2000mcd with 30mA and 4V, I'd
settle for about 1/1000 of that brightness.
I haven't tested this, but I suspect that the power / hard drive LED headers
on a motherboard won't give 4V. My thought was using the signal from the MB
to drive a FET, fed from the +5V PSU rail via a dropper resistor to drive
My problem is not knowing enough to be able to choose a suitable FET, or
values of resistor suitable to bias the gate, or the dropper resistor. The
FET would only need to be hard off or on.
The dropper resistor should be easy; 4V across the LED, 0.5V (say) dropped
across the FET when fully on, and maybe 5mA for a non-lethal brightness. Fed
from 5V that leaves a resistor dropping 0.5V with 5mA through it ie 100ohm.
Just wondering if anyone's done this before, or any suggestions ?
Re: High voltage drop LED on computer MB
"Robert Murphy" <okami1,westnet,com,au> wrote in message
It won't hurt anything to try driving it directly from the motherboard.
series resistor on the motherboard and replace it with a suitable resistor
with your white LED. What your LED polarity.
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