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I already ordered 8! Any idea when they will be shipping? Not going to hold you to it just a rough estimate. I just want to make sure I have all the LEDs ordered by then and would like to space that out (they get pricey when you're ordering over 300) :giggle:

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Has the LED burnout issue been resolved to everyone's satisfaction? Has CeCe's (sp?) switched to using the proper resistor values that people now recommend? I haven't kept up on the thread over at DIY recently...

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Has the LED burnout issue been resolved to everyone's satisfaction? Has CeCe's (sp?) switched to using the proper resistor values that people now recommend? I haven't kept up on the thread over at DIY recently...

It sure has! Here is a presentation from my DIY workshop on the Mighty-Mini - it should answer most of your questions and includes a link back over to DIYC:

http://www.holidaycoro.com/2010LSHWorkshop/Mighty-Mini.pdf

I used 8 of these (I have 16 now) Mighty-Mini's and as of now, they are a good choice. I will be interesting to see what LOR and RJ may develop this year. Lots of great flood options this year! No reason to not have some great floods on your house in 2010. ;)

Here is my display with 8 of Frank's floods:

http://www.holidaycoro.com/2010LSHWorkshop/Mighty-Mini.pdf

Here is Gary Martin who used his Mighty-Mini floods to up-light his snowmen:

http://www.vimeo.com/8276118

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Oooooooo,

A project after my own heart! Being a ham radio op., have been dreaming about dyi ' ing something like this. Mmmmmmm.

Will have to check this out. Group buy? Mmmmmm. Might be tempted :-)

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ok, I get that the resistor values have been changed due to the Frying LEDs, but has the supplier changed? What's the difference between C-LEDs.com and CeCe's on eBay? Are they one in the same? I already started ordering from CeCe's (have all the reds) and was planning on ordering the components from mouser. Seems like the breakdown is a bit less than the "kit" online. Thoughts??

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has the supplier changed?

There is no specific supplier for the LED's or resistors - these are just "generic" parts and can be from any vendor, though c-leds.com (cece) and the hong kong e-bay vendors.

Seems like the breakdown is a bit less than the "kit" online. Thoughts??

The LSH group had considered doing a group buy and the "magic" sweet spot for discounts is around 160 complete units (LED's, boards and resistors). If you purchased single unit quanities - expect to pay about $45 between the board, resistors and LEDs + an extra $10-15 in additional parts.

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There is no specific supplier for the LED's or resistors - these are just "generic" parts and can be from any vendor, though c-leds.com (cece) and the hong kong e-bay vendors.

C-leds.com has a "Kit" for this fixture, which includes the LED's as well as the resistors. I believe the question that magi has, and I asked it earlier in this thread as well, is whether the resistor values shipped with this 'kit' have been corrected. Last I heard, they had not, but I haven't paid attention in the past month or so...

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C-leds.com has a "Kit" for this fixture, which includes the LED's as well as the resistors.

I can't get to the site. Is it still up???

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C-leds.com has a "Kit" for this fixture, which includes the LED's as well as the resistors. I believe the question that magi has, and I asked it earlier in this thread as well, is whether the resistor values shipped with this 'kit' have been corrected. Last I heard, they had not, but I haven't paid attention in the past month or so...

I think you've answered your own question - the answer is at c-leds.

magii - Go here: http://www.holidaycoro.com/2010LSHWorkshop/Mighty-Mini.pdf it's got everything you need to know.

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I think you've answered your own question - the answer is at c-leds.

Last time I went there, I saw no indication that the resistor values had been corrected. As noted above, the site is now down, so I can't look again...

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EDIT: what are you using to get the 24 volts?

24v switching power supply from ebay. You need about 24watts per light with all LED's on. Usually about $15 to $50 depending on how many lights you have.

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24v switching power supply from ebay. You need about 24watts per light with all LED's on. Usually about $15 to $50 depending on how many lights you have.

so a 100 watt output if I'm planing on 4. What kind of light coverage will one unit give out. I was thinking 4 for my house, but maybe I can get away with 3. One for the peaked left side and 2 for the right side.

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That wall wart would NOT work. It's not regulated.

Here's one: http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a-store/item/PS-24150/24VDC-6.5A-150W-POWER-SUPPLY/1.html

That's the one I'm going to use... but I got it somewhere else... it's slipping my mind at the moment.

I got the exact same unit from circuitspecialists.com for around $20, and have used it with Frank's boards for 4 units without a problem.

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I sure wish this were designed at 12V. PC supplies are plentiful and free...

So did we ever get a final answer on the resistor question at c-LED's? :) (yes I see she lists the resistor values, no I have no clue if they're the right ones or not ;) )

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