# Best answer: How many volts does it take to light a small LED?

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## What is the power of small LED?

To calculate an LED’s power use, simply multiply the LED’s voltage (in volts) by the LED’s current (in amperes). The result, measured in watts, is the amount of power your LEDs use. For example, if your LED has a voltage of 3.6 and a current of 20 milliamperes, it will use 72 milliwatts of power.

## How much current is needed to light an LED?

Most common LED’s require a forward operating voltage of between approximately 1.2 to 3.6 volts with a forward current rating of about 10 to 30 mA, with 12 to 20 mA being the most common range.

## Can an LED take 5 volts?

No, you cannot safely power an LED with 5V without a resistor. The resistor is absolutely 100% required. The resistor isn’t put there purely on a whim, it’s required to set the current based on the supply voltage minus the LED forward voltage and the resistance of the resistor.

## Will LED lights work on 12V?

Most LED lights are arranged so that they can run off of a 12v battery—in fact, 12v lights can cause a short when plugged directly into a socket, which usually have 110v current. This can be very dangerous, and so the best solution is to run these lights through a relay instead.

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## How many volts is an LED bulb?

“It’s usually between 2 and 3 volts and it depends on the color and type of LED”, says MIT Electrical Engineer grad, Luz Rivas. Luz said that you need to look it up the voltage to know for sure.

## How do I know what voltage my LED is?

How to find voltage and current of LED

1. The easiest way is to look it up in the datasheet.
2. You could find the LED voltage by using a multimeter with diode function.
3. You could connect a battery to the LED and a potentiometer.

## How many volts can a 5mm LED take?

This is a very basic 5mm LED with a red lens. It has a typical forward voltage of 2.0V and a rated forward current of 20mA.

## Can you run 5V LEDs on 12V?

1 Answer. Putting two in series is not going to work, since you’d then have to interface the serial data line. You could however use a small DC-DC (such as the many LM2596 based) to convert 12V down to 5V. It would also reduce the current requirements in the wiring.

## Can 12V LED run on 6V?

yes 12v LEDs will be much dimmer or possibly wont wont work at all if ran on 6v. Too dim to safely use as tail light.

## Will a 9V battery power a 12V LED?

LEDs will run on 3/4 voltage, just not as bright, and a little, square, 9V battery will not last long. That’s all.