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  1. I'm new to SMPs but see that is definitely my way to go. For benefit of learning, what would be wrong with just PWMing a mosfet and putting a cap across the output? I can see that there could be fluctuations in output when the input changes but besides that is there any reason one couldn't do such a thing? Thanks, A
  2. I know this is getting a little off topic but while I have you all here... An led I'm considering is the Luminus Devices CST-90. It seems to be the best balance between $s and lumens. $45@2700lm with a perk of having a thermistor. Question: It runs at 3.2-3.7V @ 1-13A With a car as the source what is the best method of power supply which has the following qualities: cheap, easy, full dimming, and doesn't destroy led in 2 days?
  3. My HIDs are 8000k. So the idea was that if I decided on not doing the RGBs for financial and flux reasons then I want something to match. Do color temps differ between types of light sources?--> would 8000k on a LED be more blue than a 8000k xeon arc? My HIDs are blue-white...mostly white.
  4. Does anyone know of white leds at 8000k or are they all <6500k?
  5. Some very good things to think about on the last posts. Thanks My reasoning for the peltier is because I don't think a fan would be reliable enough because of dust/rain and I know peltier use a ton of power but I don't see too much of a problem there as long as the car is running, right? Some of the leds have a thermistor built right in so that would help and I could PWM the peltiers accordingly to save power as well. I just have no general idea of how big the heat sink needs to be so my vision is that heat sink only is out of the question. The fogs are mounted in what would be better called the bumper cover so there isn't much to work with except plastic but it's been a few months since I had it apart. Found something very helpful: "http://www.luminus.com/stuff/contentmgr/files/0/0179ad38a075ca3c31f708ed19392fa3/miscdocs/960031_rev_a_dk_414n_and_dk314n_development_kit_manual.pdf User manual for the dev kit for the RGBW led...it can approach 120W!!! $850 though :( Sink = 82 mm x 65 mm x 38mm plus fan
  6. I did notice that Phlatlight had a RGBW (perfect for my app) that is brighter than the 40W but its $200. yaouch My idea is to use these on my car as fog lights. Already have regular halogen ones so it would replace the bulb only, using the stock reflector. I would be able to precisely color match my HIDs and have a bazillion other options to fit whatever situation. My only worry is cooling. The brightest led I've worked with is a 1watt so I'm not sure how to approach it. All application notes have all these equations and junk but I need to see practical examples. My space and availability to mount and secure a giant heat sink is limited so I was thinking of using a peltier and maybe a small fan on the hot sink but I have zero experience with those as well. Tinkering is out of the question because of part cost so planning is vital. Has anyone ever worked with these super leds? If anyone knows of links to projects (videos/pictures/instructs) using 15+ watt leds that shows the cooling process that would be great. I'm still in the "is this possible?" stage of this one. Thanks
  7. What has everyone found for the brightest LEDs out there? For white I know PhlatLight has one pushing 6000lm and LedEngin will have a 40 watt RGB approaching 2000lm. Anyone know of brighter ones?
  8. Im really dumb and all so maybe I can provided some simpler input that's more than likely useless. The experienced guys confuse me a lot. Use a LED maybe? If it needs to be hooked to a comp then use a relay and have a high pin connect to a low pin through the switch. What ever your interface is, I dont know but theres a program called ParPort that will allow you to tun on pins and detect a high signal on the inputs. Be as cautious as possible when hooking stuff to a comp. When I was a little younger I hooked a phone line directly to my headphone jack (bad idea). 50V + soundcard = boom!
  9. I used an old RC car circuits to control 4 relays so your beyond me. It was a forward-backward type car that switched the polarity for two motors with two mom. center off switches. Use some diodes to split those 4 wires to 8 and you got yourself 4 relays. I know this was no help but I feel like typing ::)
  10. I don't understand what your doing but of course they make 110VAC relays (coil side) so 24VAC is no prob for the switching. just an example: (you probably dont need DPDT) http://www.allelectronics.com/cgi-bin/item/RLY-2120/500/120_VAC_DPDT_10_AMP_RELAY_.html
  11. Any ideas on what methods to use to check various lengths (max of at least 100') of audio cable for things that may cause line noise or cutting in and out? I have some ideas but need help. What specifically causes line noise? Another question I have that may play a part in this is how do devices detect different things using different voltages...Um how does a panel of buttons work that only have two wires going to it (with diff resistors). (How does the receiving end differentiate between the voltages??) Do transistor have a "cutoff point" or something or how does this work? Thanks for your help. Edit--- comparators--is that the thing in my last question? What are they? Also use for progress bar type thing.
  12. I went back to re-challenge these IR deals with a project that would make lights go on when you enter a room and off when you exit. The IR leds can communicate now but for only about 4-5 inches at a 1ms on / 5ms off pulse. (in low light conditions) I'm just learning but I want to know how to make the IR beam work at a farther length (across a doorway) without increasing the off time. I have 5V from the PIC board or could get 9V from the PS (then using a transistor) if that helps. Looking through a video camera these IR leds seem to be significantly dimmer than a remote control. How do they make them work so far away? Thanks
  13. I bought some infrared leds and phototransistors on ebay. Hooked them up to a microcontroller board and put them right face to face and no sound. I looked with a video camera and the infrared was blinking. Tried with a sterio remote and it did beep. I know the emmiter can do 940nm and I really don't understand this. If the phototransistor can only do a lower ammount 800 something? will it not work? Can I lower the wavelength of the emmitter somehow if this is the case? I just need help in understanding infrared. I checked the code and am pretty sure the "IF IN15 = 1" part isn't just during the off stages of the LED.
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