Lighting up my fume extractor

I have a fume extractor for soldering, from OK electronics. It only works when it get vertical and close enough to my board. So it’s blocking a lot of light. I’m thinking of putting some LED strips on it to help me solder. I found this on ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Super-Bright-5M-SMD-3528-Waterproof-600-White-LED-Light-Strip-US-Store-DC-12V-/360888111369?pt=US_Car_Lighting&hash=item54069b9109

If I understand correctly, I just have to cut it to length at the “cut” marks and supply 12V to the strip at + and -. What’s limiting the current? Is it the 150 resistor? I guess the three LEDs are in series and then in series with the resistor, right? Just don’t want to get the wrong stuff :slight_smile:

Thanks.

Hi. Yes the resistors are on the strip and they are connected one resistor for 3 LEDs' so you can power it from a lower supply if you like. Yes, you cut where the + - marks are so that you get the grouping right.

I use mine as a strip light over my work bench.

http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=209522.0

Tom........ :)

TomGeorge: Hi. Yes the resistors are on the strip and they are connected one resistor for 3 LEDs' so you can power it from a lower supply if you like. Yes, you cut where the + - marks are so that you get the grouping right.

I use mine as a strip light over my work bench.

http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=209522.0

Tom........ :)

I use these over my bench as well. The 300+ point sources of light are fantastic for taking pictures. My webcam picture now looks like i'm using professional studio lighting.

They also make nice battery powered emergency lighting.

Thanks Tom! Looks nice!

wizdum, can you post pictures of your work space and pictures taken from your webcam? BTW, I have an annoying MS webcam. It autofocuses now and then, and its autofocusing noise gets recorded in the video. I wanted to find a way to mount my digital camera as an overhead camera but I'm renting. Can't put stuff on the ceiling and expect a full deposit back :)