dx.... I am talking about the information is not matching the experiments. Look what is written about LEDs:"So it's vital to stay within the limits of the LED. If you would attach an LED to a 5 Volt power supply directly, you would burn it instantly. The high current would destroy the pn-gate. That's the point where the current limiting resistor comes in."This is not true or not complete. LEDs are ok with 5V without any resistor.
QuoteDepends where the 5V is coming from, if its from a digital pin on the arduino, the gate on the processor is acting as the current limiter.What 'gate' on what 'processor' are you talking about? Arduino output pins comprise of simple N and P channel transistors wired to ground and +5vdc, Their junction becomes the output pin. there is no current limit to how much current a load can try and draw from the pin, just a limit on how much current will flow for how long before one or the other transistor burns open. You're too tight to buy resistors ? Agreed, one must use series current limiting resistors to drive leds at their designed current level.Lefty
Depends where the 5V is coming from, if its from a digital pin on the arduino, the gate on the processor is acting as the current limiter.
and the gate in Arduino is probably acting as the current limiter -
A regular led should not be powered more than 30ma or you willl get a shorter life, An arduino pin can only provide 40ma maxNot correct, an arduino output pin cannot limit it's output current to 40ma if the load resistance is such that more then that will flow. The 40ma specification is just a warning that pin damage is certain to follow if you attempt to cause the output current to exceed that amount by having a load resistance that is too small. so the internal pin resistance is actually acting as a series limiting resistor, except the heat will destroy the internals of your arduino instead of being dissapated in a normal resistorif you leave 10 leds like that, most likely they will all be out in a weeksome leds actually do have internal resistors and are rated for 5v, most do notI've tried the same to se how far I can push a 1w lled before it burns outI got it to 1.81 amps(normally rated for 350ma) without it burning out, I had a cpu heatsink and fan on it to dissapate heat, and I thought wow it survived untouched and gave off the light of a 10w ledhowever when I attempted to use it at the rated power again you can tell it was damaged from the high current because it was half as bright as a fresh ledim sure a regular led can't withstand 1.8 amps but say you drive 80ma thru it, you will permanently damage it even tho you see it workingspec sheets are there with max operating values for a reason
I think it is because Arduino supplies voltage and current with PWM, which switches on and off the LED for very small durations. That might protect to LED to burn out. Since it is not a continuous current.
I read any information about them, it is written almost everywhere that series resistor is a must to use, otherwise LED will burn out instantly.