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 5th September 2003, 03:42 PM #1 diyAudio Member   Join Date: Apr 2003 Location: London, UK Adding LED to gainclone hi, finished my lm3975 gainclone and just putting the finishing touches to it. (sounds great btw, with just a few hours burn in) Want to add a blue led in the amp case (one case is psu, one case is amp). Can i just connect one leg the led to one of the dc power lines going into the chip and the other to the power ground? (with suitable resistors ofcourse) Is it gonna effect the output of the amp, if its only connected to one of the channels? thanks Amit
 5th September 2003, 04:06 PM #2 diyAudio Member     Join Date: Jul 2002 Location: Nottingham Adding an LED Hi, No it shouldn't make any difference to the sound of the amp, just make sure you get the polarity correct. I guess you know how to calaculate the series resistor? LED SERIES Supply voltage = 24 - operating led voltage ( normally around 3.3 v) Divided by the forward current of the led(50Ma) =24-3.3 /.05= 414 Ohms I used a 1k 2w resistor on mine, as that's what i to hand and it works fine.
 5th September 2003, 04:15 PM #3 diyAudio Member   Join Date: Apr 2003 Location: London, UK yep, thanks. just tryin to figure out if i have a high enough wattage resistor in the parts box. could i just use p=iv? p = (supply voltage-working voltage) * current draw p = 26-4.5 * 0.02 p= 0.43 W hmm, think i only have 1/4 W resistors about..
 5th September 2003, 04:32 PM #4 diyAudio Member     Join Date: Aug 2002 Location: Belgium just keep some old pcb's of whatever in the nailbox, should find what you need on them.
 6th September 2003, 12:20 AM #5 diyAudio Member     Join Date: Aug 2003 Location: Sweet lake city And for those who are afraid to put a led on the secondary power, there is a small pcb available for a couple of € and you can feed the led from the main power. if that will affect the sound than everything op to the generator will so it will be out of your control anyway (example conrad partno:184985-44) __________________ better be indoubt untill you're sure
 6th September 2003, 12:24 AM #6 diyAudio Member     Join Date: Nov 2002 Location: Charlotte, NC - USA Another option? I recall a while back that Peter Daniel and others suggested wrapping additional windings around the outside of a torroidal transformer to create a separate power supply. If this is a viable solution, it would be practically free and unrelated to the circuit. Just trying to throw something else out there. Sandy.
 6th September 2003, 03:14 AM #7 diyAudio Member   Join Date: Aug 2003 Location: WGTN, NZ the resistor wattage is irrelevant as the LED will only be drawing typically 20mA. the formula is R=(E-Vf)x1000/I where R is the series resistance in Ohms, E is the supply voltage, Vf is the LED's forward voltage (typically 2V), I is the LED current in mA so for a normal, 5mm LED for example, running of +22V you need 1KOhm for an ultra bright blue LED, Vf=3.8V, you need 910Ohms, using 1K is fine. 25V would give 1060 use 1.1 or 1.2K 32V would give 1410 use 1.5K simply use the formula and then the nearest, HIGHER, common value i.e. 800=820, 910=1K, 1100=1200 etc (@10%tol, less tol will provide more divisions and a closer match - but again, that's totally unnecessary)
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A bit off topic- sorry- but I couldn't help notice the date format on your website e.g. 20-08-2k3. We ain't there yet....
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 6th September 2003, 04:10 AM #9 diyAudio Member   Join Date: Aug 2003 Location: WGTN, NZ ummmm... okay. 20-08-2k3= 20th of the 8th (august)=2003 2k=2000 and 3 makes 2003 = 2k3 just like roman numerals really MMI = 1000+1000+1 logical eh?
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 2k=2000 and 3 makes 2003 = 2k3
Except that in 2K3, the 3 is 300! I'm not nit picking here but many less experienced may get confused when selecting resistors or capacitors specified like that.

Think of the letter like a decimal point . So 2.3 (k=thousand) = 2,300.
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