I want to connect 8 white high brightness LED's together. What is the safest way to connect them? I've thought about 1 resistor per LED, but is it really necessary if all the LEDs have the same specs and power requirements? I want to save as much room on my PCB as possible.
Power supply = 12V DC LED type = White, 7000mcd, 3.5V Forward V, 30mA typical current.
If I connect them all in parallel, and use one single 3 or 5W resistor at say, 39ohms, would that be ok? Or would it be better if I just do two groups of 4 LEDs instead (with separate 82ohm or so 3W/5W resistor for each group)?
The reason for the question is because as you know, the high brightness LEDs are still quite expensive.
Thanks in advance, Jason.