# Question: What voltage do LEDs use?

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Typically, the forward voltage of an LED is between 1.8 and 3.3 volts. It varies by the color of the LED. A red LED typically drops around 1.7 to 2.0 volts, but since both voltage drop and light frequency increase with band gap, a blue LED may drop around 3 to 3.3 volts.

## What voltage do white LEDs use?

3.5V The power supply has the task to provide a constant current with a typical forward voltage of 3.5V for a white LED. In general two power supply topologies exist to drive white LEDs, which is the charge pump or switched capacitor solution and the boost converter.

## Do LEDs run on AC or DC?

In most applications, LEDs are driven by a DC power supply, but AC offers several significant advantages. Lynk Labs has developed technology that allows LEDs to be driven directly from an AC supply. LEDs are usually considered to be DC devices, operating from a few volts of direct current.

## How much voltage does a RGB LED need?

The three LEDs inside a single RGB LED often have different operating voltages and current levels, so check the datasheet. A red LED typically needs about 2 volts. The voltage drop tends to rise as the frequency of the light wave increases. A blue LED may drop around 3 volts.

## How many volts can a 5mm LED take?

LEDs - those blinky things. A must have for power indication, pin status, opto-electronic sensors, and fun blinky displays. This is a very basic 5mm LED with a red lens. It has a typical forward voltage of 2.0V and a rated forward current of 20mA.

## Does voltage matter for LED?

does the supply voltage matter, as long as the correctly calculated current limiting resistor value is used? No. The voltage at the LED itself will be the diodes voltage drop, which will depend a little on the current through the diode, but mostly on the composition of the diode.

## What burns out an LED?

Though you may not know what is causing the problem, there are a couple of reasons why your LED lights keep burning out before their time. The most common reasons for LED blowing out are high voltage, bad contacts, use of incompatible dimmer switch, or recessed lighting.

## How do I protect my LED from High voltage?

A surge protection subassembly that can suppress excessive surges to lower voltage levels is an optimal way to protect the LED luminaire investment. Metal Oxide Varistor (MOV) technology is not only inexpensive but also a highly effective technology for suppressing transients in power supplies.

## What resistor do I need for LED?

LEDs typically require 10 to 20mA, the datasheet for the LED will detail this along with the forward voltage drop. For example an ultra bright blue LED with a 9V battery has a forward voltage of 3.2V and typical current of 20mA. So the resistor needs to be 290 ohms or as close as is available.

## Is 24V LED better than 12V?

Amperage (amount you can put on a controller): 24v LED strips draw half the amperage of 12v, so when it comes to control gear 24v is the clear winner. It allows you to power double the amount of LED strips on the same receiver.

## Why are LEDs connected in series?

Running a series circuit helps to provide the same amount of current to each LED. This means each LED in the circuit will be the same brightness and will not allow a single LED to hog more current than another. When each LED is receiving the same current it helps eliminate issues like thermal runaway.

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