Install LED stars onto heatsink
Table of Contents
- Materials List
- Tank Drawings
- Heatsink & LED Placement Drawings
- Polish The Heatsink
- Drilling & Tapping The Heatsink
- LED’s, Optics, Power Supply & DC Jacks/Plugs
- Install LED stars to Heatsink
- Wiring Project Box & Power
- Power Up Test
- Hood Prep
- Potentiometer Controls & Buckpuck Installation
- Finish Up
- Notes, Questions & Answers
Time to Install LED stars onto heatsink
Now that you have completed drilling & tapping remove your tape from heatsink. Give it a nice cleaning with some warm water & dish detergent. This will remove the cutting oil and any shavings. Dry it off and use some Windex for a final wipe.
Have all your screws, washers and LED’s at hand along with your tools. I applied a very thin layer of Artic Silver under each star & screwed them into place. Once all LED’s are in place I plugged in my soldering iron with solder at hand. My advice is to use a two color wiring scheme. This will allow you to not mix up positive & negative polarities.
Using my super soldering skills, super after 10 or so tries, I wired everything. I wired the leds in series NOT in parallel so keep everything straight as you wire.
For more information on wiring in series visit the Wikipedia article here
Components of an electrical circuit or electronic circuit can be connected in many different ways. The two simplest of these are called series and parallel and occur very frequently. Components connected in series are connected along a single path, so the same current flows through all of the components. Components connected in parallel are connected so the same voltage is applied to each component.
Take your time with solder, you can practice on scrap if you wish to build up your soldering skills.
The process to install LED stars onto a heatsink is less tedious than some of the other steps. Keep it up your getting closer to the finish line.