# Question: What Type Of Resistor Should I Use?

## What are the 4 types of resistors?

The types of resistors include:Carbon Composition Resistor.Thermistor.Wire Wound Resistor.Metal Film Resistor.Carbon Film Resistor.Variable Resistor.Varistor﻿Light Dependent Resistor..

## Do I need a resistor for LED?

Resistors in Light Emitting Diode (LED) Circuits An LED (Light Emitting Diode) emits light when an electric current passes through it. … The ballast resistor is used to limit the current through the LED and to prevent that it burns. If the voltage source is equal to the voltage drop of the LED, no resistor is required.

## What happens when an LED is directly connected to a power supply?

When LED is connected to a power supply with a voltage higher than its forward voltage, a current limiting resistor is connected in series with the LED. The current limiting resistor limits the current for the LED and regulates the difference in voltage drops between the LED and the power supply.

## Can I connect a LED directly to a battery?

Powering an LED is not as easy as simply hooking it up to a battery. An LED has almost no internal resistance. Therefore, if you hook it up directly to a battery, it will burn out quickly as the current flows unimpeded through the LED. You must add a resistor to the LED circuit.

## How many LEDs can be connected in parallel?

Wiring LEDs in parallel allows many LEDs to share just one low voltage power supply. We could take those same four 3V LEDs and wire them in parallel to a smaller power supply, say two AA batteries putting out a total of 3V and each of the LEDs would get the 3V they need.

## How do I know what resistor to use with LED?

To calculate the resistor needed for a simple LED circuit, simply take the voltage drop away from the source voltage then apply Ohm’s Law. In other words…

## What resistor do I need to reduce voltage?

To reduce voltage in half, we simply form a voltage divider circuit between 2 resistors of equal value (for example, 2 10KΩ) resistors. To divide voltage in half, all you must do is place any 2 resistors of equal value in series and then place a jumper wire in between the resistors.

## What resistor should I use with my LED?

Basics: Picking Resistors for LEDsPower Supply VoltageLED ColorResistor (rounded)4.5 VBlue, Green, White, or UV51 Ω5 VBlue, Green, White, or UV68 Ω5 VRed, Yellow, or Yellow-Green150 Ω5 VRed, Yellow, or Yellow-Green56 Ω4 more rows•Aug 29, 2012

## What happens if you don’t use a resistor with an LED?

When hooking up an LED, you are always supposed to use a current-limiting resistor to protect the LED from the full voltage. If you hook the LED up directly to the 5 volts without a resistor, the LED will be over-driven, it will be very bright for a while, and then it will burn out.

## Do resistors waste power?

But the energy dissipated by a resistor used in a circuit is almost always “wasted” energy in a sense. A resistor turns valuable electrical energy into heat. Unless this heat is used productively (in a baseboard heater, for example) that heat is normally considered wasted.

## Do resistors go on positive or negative side of LED?

Since this resistor is only being used to limit current through the circuit, it can actually be located on either side of the LED. Placing the resistor on the positive (anode) side of the resistor will have no differing effects from placing the resistor on the negative (cathode) side of the LED.

## Why do you need a 330 ohm resistor for an LED?

330 ohms may be used by some people as a “get you going” value that works “well enough” in many cases. The purpose of the resistor is to “drop” voltage that is not required to operate the LED, when the LED is operating at the desired current.

## Can I use a higher ohm resistor?

In general, no. Resistor values are carefully selected by the circuit designer to allow the circuit to work correctly. While there is some allowable tolerance, it won’t usually be as much as a different value in the series.