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Re:Magnetic Connectors Wall Mod 2 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
Shadaraman wrote:
limbolance wrote:
Rather than use batteries, do you think its possible to hook them to wires and "string" them? Would probably need some kind of converter for low voltage...


Most of my electrical knowledge comes from high school physics and from osmosing things from electrical engineers when I hang out with them, but I think all you need to drop the voltage for the LED is a resistor.


Yup. In fact, if you order LEDs off of ebay from Hong Kong or China sellers they will often provide you with the resistors as well.

@limbolance,
As far as hooking them to wires... well, in my mind, there are too large a benefit to using batteries and making the piece truly modular that I would never hardwire the pieces up.
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#64681
Re:Magnetic Connectors Wall Mod 2 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
jchunick wrote:
Shadaraman wrote:
limbolance wrote:
Rather than use batteries, do you think its possible to hook them to wires and "string" them? Would probably need some kind of converter for low voltage...


Most of my electrical knowledge comes from high school physics and from osmosing things from electrical engineers when I hang out with them, but I think all you need to drop the voltage for the LED is a resistor.


Yup. In fact, if you order LEDs off of ebay from Hong Kong or China sellers they will often provide you with the resistors as well.

@limbolance,
As far as hooking them to wires... well, in my mind, there are too large a benefit to using batteries and making the piece truly modular that I would never hardwire the pieces up.


I briefly considered making some pieces that were battery powered but could be wired to each other anyway, either for more power or for communications. I don't think I could fit all the parts I would need in a 2x2 piece, but maybe someday I'll experiment with some larger pieces (resin caverns, maybe?).

More on topic, this mod continues to be amazing. My wallet is somewhat fearful of the day you start selling these. Any guess what you'll charge?
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#64789
Re:Magnetic Connectors Wall Mod 2 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
I am looking at using the 12volt wiring systems used in miniature doll houses - what voltage do the tea lights you used require?
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#64790
Re:Magnetic Connectors Wall Mod 2 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
limbolance wrote:
I am looking at using the 12volt wiring systems used in miniature doll houses - what voltage do the tea lights you used require?

All LEDs you will find for miniature work will require 3-5V to function. You need to use a resistor if using a 12V power source. If you buy a LED already wired up then look for one rated for 12V as it will then have the proper resistor wired in.
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