Adding LEDs to GPS panel


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Adding LEDs to GPS panel

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Had noticed that the incandescent bulbs on my GPS panel were not working and decided to replace with LEDs. Instead of buying new lights, I had some LEDs from a previous project.

Removed the GPS panel from the Wing (2008 HPNA) and removed the dash style connectors from the panel. Bulbs are "grain of wheat" type with blue rubber sleeve on the bulbs.


Reusing the bulb bases, I installed the 3 LEDs and added a touch of hot glue to secure the bulbs.


I used a wire wrap tool to make the connections to the LED in parallel and added a resistor. Again using hot glue to secure the wiring and resistors.


Once tested and knowing it all worked, I buttoned up the panel


And reinstalled on the Wing and tested.




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Re: Adding LEDs to GPS panel

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I looked at the picture of that resistor, and thought "that looks like it was done with a wire wrap tool!" Sure enough, I then read the text,and that's just what you used. I haven't used one of those in probably...35 years? I think I still have one somewhere, but I doubt I have any wire for it. :)

Looks good!

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WingAdmin wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 2:22 pm
I looked at the picture of that resistor, and thought "that looks like it was done with a wire wrap tool!" Sure enough, I then read the text,and that's just what you used. I haven't used one of those in probably...35 years? I think I still have one somewhere, but I doubt I have any wire for it. :)

Looks good!
Yep! It's a great little tool to keep around!


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1995 Bunkhouse Camper
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1975 CB550-4 mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maxim 30,000 miles
1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1982 CB750-FSS 60,000+ miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles

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worked on the other panel for the headlight adjustment..same issue, bad bulbs...replaced with LED .... now much better!!
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Can you tell what kind of leds and where buyed them pls.

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The LEDs I purchased were 3mm Flat Top LED's ... similar to these:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/10-x-LED-3mm-R ... 0005.m1851

Condition:
New: A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging (where packaging is ...
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Forward Voltage: 1.9-2.1v
Brand: Lighthouse LEDs
Current: 20mA Model:
3mm Flat Top
Wavelength: 620-630nm
MPN: 3MMFLATTOPLEDRED
Viewing Angle: 105-115 Degrees
Size: 3mm Flat Top
Mount Style: Through Hole (DIP)
Color: Red
Lens Color: Clear
Luminosity/Brightness: 8,000-10,000 mcd
LED Brightness Class: Super/Ultra/Extreme


If you are familiar working with component LED's you will know that you need to have resistors to reduce the current to the LED...otherwise direct connection to the 12v source will kill the LED(s). If you connect the LEDs in parallel or series, irt would require a 330 Ohm resistor:

Solution 0: 3 x 1 array uses 3 LEDs exactly

+12V----- +|>|- +|>|- +|>|----/\/\/\- R = 330 ohms
The wizard says: In solution 0:
each 330 ohm resistor dissipates 132 mW
the wizard thinks 1/4W resistors are fine for your application Help
together, all resistors dissipate 132 mW
together, the diodes dissipate 126 mW
total power dissipated by the array is 258 mW
the array draws current of 20 mA from the source.
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1995 Bunkhouse Camper
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1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1982 CB750-FSS 60,000+ miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles

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For those who aren't "electronics" people....

LEDs are polarity sensitive. As you get them, one "leg" will be longer than the other. The LONG leg is the Anode or positive and the short is obviously the negative. So wiring them up it would be POWER.... Resistor..... Long leg then short leg to long leg then short to long... then short to negative.... The resistor can be on either end of the LED chain.

Personally, I would just use 22awg stranded wire along with solder and heat shrink. Wire wrap does take a little bit of a touch to get it right..

Great idea none the less..

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k2mpw wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 7:53 pm
For those who aren't "electronics" people....

LEDs are polarity sensitive. As you get them, one "leg" will be longer than the other. The LONG leg is the Anode or positive and the short is obviously the negative. So wiring them up it would be POWER.... Resistor..... Long leg then short leg to long leg then short to long... then short to negative.... The resistor can be on either end of the LED chain.

Personally, I would just use 22awg stranded wire along with solder and heat shrink. Wire wrap does take a little bit of a touch to get it right..

Great idea none the less..
Started doing wire wrap in the late 70's...haven't lost my touch! :D
08' GL1800-HPNA - Red 68,000+ miles
1995 Bunkhouse Camper
Darkside #1720
1975 CB550-4 mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maxim 30,000 miles
1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1982 CB750-FSS 60,000+ miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles

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Re: Adding LEDs to GPS panel

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wingpilot08 wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:32 am
k2mpw wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 7:53 pm
For those who aren't "electronics" people....

LEDs are polarity sensitive. As you get them, one "leg" will be longer than the other. The LONG leg is the Anode or positive and the short is obviously the negative. So wiring them up it would be POWER.... Resistor..... Long leg then short leg to long leg then short to long... then short to negative.... The resistor can be on either end of the LED chain.

Personally, I would just use 22awg stranded wire along with solder and heat shrink. Wire wrap does take a little bit of a touch to get it right..

Great idea none the less..
Started doing wire wrap in the late 70's...haven't lost my touch! :D
I still have a wire wrap tool...somewhere. I doubt I have any of the wire, however.



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