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The future of low voltage LED (light emitting diode) lighting has arrived. Innovative flexible lighting designs can be realized using LED lighting technology. Inherent features to LEDs are very low power consumption (80% less power than conventional incandescent bulbs) and virtually no heating effect, making LED lighting ideal for a wide range of exciting new and existing applications. Long lifetime characteristic of LEDs means savings on maintenance and replacments.
Applications range from lighting in aquariums, recreational vehicles, marine & aircraft vehicles to computer case mods, under-vehicle lighting, emergency/security lighting and accent-lighting at home - the options are endless. With numerous possibilities for LED display boards, we have created two models of LED Lite Bar boards. The LED Beam is a tiny 4" x 3/8" (9mm x 102mm) model holding six LEDs, while the LED Lite is a large 9" x 1/2" (229mm x 13mm) model holding nine LEDs. Further information on the larger LED Lite system is available here.
The LED Beam and LED Lite systems utilize 5mm round or oval LED packages using any industry standard White, Red, Green, Blue, Violet, Pink or Yellow LEDs. The boards can be used on their own, mounting with double sided foam tape or using convenient high-impact resistant clear tubing.
The LED Beam and LED Lite systems generate more than enough light that is easily bright enough to read by and small enough to be conveniently concealed.
One challenge with LEDs is the mounting of the individual displays. We have produced the LED Beam, a versatile mounting system which holds a total of six equally-spaced LEDs on a compact 4" x 3/8" (9mm x 102mm) display board. Shown below is the layout of the LED Beam, clearly showing the mounting of the six LEDs and two resistors.
Construction of the LED Beam is extremely simple and can be completed by the novice builder in less than 30 minutes requiring only minimal soldering skills. With only six LEDs and two resistors, this system is likely to be one the simplest and most satisfying kits you will ever construct.
The complete instruction manual, construction guide and schematics for the LED Beam is available for download.