Going to try out SMD LEDs on something soon...

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Re: Going to try out SMD LEDs on something soon...

Post by Father Cool » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:50 pm

Solder paste is the way to go.

A tiny blob of that, sit the LED on it and hold it with a matchstick or something. Apply the iron for a fraction of a second and the paste melts and does the job. You can solder direct to wires but you need to be creative with how you hold the led and wire while you apply the soldering iron.

Just a standard iron with a very fine tip required.

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Re: Going to try out SMD LEDs on something soon...

Post by KevinHoggard » Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:39 pm

No can do... that's why I get the pre-wired SMD's hahaha. I solder all the other lights myself but not those SMD's too small for me.

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Re: Going to try out SMD LEDs on something soon...

Post by Father Cool » Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:42 pm

Fair enough. They are very small.

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Re: Going to try out SMD LEDs on something soon...

Post by trekriffic » Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:08 pm

I have some SMD's in my stash but they are so tough to solder I mostly just admire them now but I have soldered them in the past. You really need a set of "helping hands" - one clip to hold the SMD and the other to hold the wire to the contact while your hands handle the soldering iron. If the SMD is too delicate for the alligator clip place the LED in a self closing pair of tweezers then place the other end of the tweezers in the clip. Pre-wired sounds like a good choice if you don't have good soldering skills.
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