Can I connect a LED directly to a battery?
Never connect an LED directly to a battery or power supply because the LED is likely to be destroyed by excessive current passing through it. resistor is suitable for most LEDs if your supply voltage is 12V or less.
How do you wire an LED to a battery?
Connect one end of the resistor to the positive terminal of the battery. Connect the other end of the resistor to the positive (anode) terminal of the LED. Connect the cathode of the LED to the negative terminal of the battery. The LED should illuminate.
Do I need a resistor for a 12v LED?
LEDs can be ran off multiple voltages, but a series resistor is required to limit the current in the circuit. Too much current in an LED will destroy the device. As with all diodes, LED’s will only allow current to flow in the direction from the anode to the cathode.
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.