I bought this LCD screen to use with my Unohttp://www.hacktronics.com/datasheets/20x4_white-blue-lcd.jpg
and i'm trying to follow this tutorialhttp://learn.adafruit.com/character-lcds/wiring-a-character-lcd
I'm stuck on calculating the resistor i need for the backlight. It says that most LCD displays come with a series resistor. I'm not sure if they mean to check if there's a resistor on the board itself or that it came with a separate resistor because mine did not if that's the case.
It then says the following to calculate the required resistor:
To calculate the value of the series resistor, look up the maximum backlight current and the typical backlight voltage drop from the data sheet. Subtract the voltage drop from 5 volts, then divide by the maximum current, then round up to the next standard resistor value. For example, if the backlight voltage drop is 3.5v typical and the rated current is 16mA, then the resistor should be (5 - 3.5)/0.016 = 93.75 ohms, or 100 ohms when rounded up to a standard value.
I've never had to read a datasheet before so i'm struggling with figuring out the datasheet. Which value is the maximum backlight current and the backlight voltage drop?
I know the tutorial says to use a 220 ohm resistor if i can't find the datasheet but i'd like to learn how to do this when i don't have a tutorial.
Should i be looking at the "Type" value of LED Voltage and LED Current? or should i also be adding these values to their respective 'Operating' values when doing the calculation?
Any clarification would be awesome.