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How to Solder an LED Circuit
You want to be able to add LED's to your customs, but you don't know how to solder? Look no further, this tutorial teaches you how to solder and where to buy supplies.
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John Harmon’s Guide to Soldering an LED Circuit

Soldering is an essential practice when dealing with circuits. An LED circuit can be very useful for a number of projects, such as making part of an action figure light up. If you’ve come here looking to learn how to install an LED circuit into an action figure, that’s on another tutorial. This one deals specifically with the act of soldering itself. How to use a soldering iron, where to buy one, as well as where to buy all the LED’s, switches, and wires.

You can get all of your supplies for soldering and making circuits at Radio Shack. The soldering iron I use cost just a little over $7, and came packed with some solder, and a stand to prop the iron on when hot.

You can also buy LED’s, batteries, and wire there as well. They have an entire section with drawers full of supplies for making circuits, and it’s all inexpensive too. You can buy LED’s individually, or in packs. The switches come in different shapes, sizes, and with a different number of prongs. I just stick to two, because it makes things much easier.

Now let’s talk about solder. Solder is a fusible (meaning it easily melts) metallic alloy. As mentioned, it has a low melting point and conducts electricity easily. It’s ideal for connecting joints in a circuit.

Now that we’ve familiarized ourselves a bit with the tools, let’s get started. Obviously for this tutorial you’ll need your soldering iron, some solder, and your circuit (LED, wires, switch).

Alright, let’s begin!

And that’s the end of the guide. I hope it helps!

Make sure you have read the disclaimer before attempting anything mentioned in the tutorial.

WM23-CUSTOMS - Saturday, August 18, 2012
I saw this and wanted to say that this is a great beginner soldering tutorial, if I may add a bit of advice, before you solder the wires and terminals together, use Rosin Soldering Flux. Flux helps with the flow of the solder from wire to terminal or post of switch or LED. It comes in both paste and liquid form. It doesn't matter which you use, but paste is way better to handle.Also if you can't get flux online or at Radioshack (about 7 to 10$), there are some solder that have flux in the middle of the solder.Just a word of caution while using flux: flux is corrosive, so if you are using it, make sure you clean the solder joints that have excess flux with 70% or 90% isopropal alcohol in a well ventilated area because the flux will eat at the solder and cause a weak joint or cause an open in the circuit.also your basic circuit works with that type of led strip and a 9 volt, but if you are using leds keep in mind of the type of led you are using and the amount of power it consumes, because if you don't, you can overheat/overload the led and cause it to explode so to prevent that from happening,have a resistor(with the right value) in the circuit to kind of limit the amount of power the battery is sending the led.there are many tutorials online to wire up led's and other circuits. that is all, but great tutorial.

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