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zgetman

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About zgetman

  • Birthday 11/14/1980

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The Birth of my Savior
  • Location
    Dumas, Texas
  • Biography
    I'm 33, married with 2 boys, one is 16 and the other is 2 1/2. I am a faithful christian and work in corrections.
  • Interests
    Church, Church group called Royal Rangers, DIY, Games, woodworking,
  • Occupation
    Jailer
  • About my display
    Simple display, nothing to write home to mom about.
  1. The plug says it is dc volts. Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk
  2. I have this question in my first thread and decided to bring it to here and get some more information. Here is what I am trying to do. One of my inflatables light wires pulled apart from the terminals, and at the time I didn't have a way to fix them so I just threw the three LEDs away. I now am trying to wire 3 white LEDs in Series to my inflateble to get it to light up. I initially hooked up 9 incandescent to the blower motor and had problems with it working, although the light would glow dim it was not my desired effect. So, not knowing anything about LEDs I cut a string of LED lights that I bought and wired 9 up in series and tired to get them to work. As you guys probably know, there wasnt enough volts to light them. I then did research and found that my inflatable had a 12v adapter and I figured I had picked to many LEDs to light. I then tried to light 3 LEDs and that did not work. Thinking that the LEDs were burnt out I made a LED tester from 2 AA batteries and found that all my LEDs worked. I did even more research and found that LEDs have to hooked up a certain way to work and can not be run in reverse polarity. With all this new knowledge I thought I had figured it out. I ran my lights and thinking my lights were rated for 3.4v I figured 12v would be plenty to run 3 of these LEDs and not t much to make them burn out. Well I plugged them in and still no light. Here is the information I have so far.. The string was 50 mini LED warm white lights. The string is rated 4.8 watts (.04amp). The lamps are to be replaced with 3.8v .076watt LED only. That converts to 5.6ma per LED. I checked each of my LEDs with my 2 battery LED tester and they all glow. What I have found now is my DC power supply is alternating volts from 8 to 11 and back again. I think my Power Supply may be bad. My latest test was like this. " I Plugged in my power supply. Tested the volts and got 12.24v. Connected my string of 3 warm white LEDs at that are rated for 3.8v, and nothing happened. I checked my voltage from the beginning of the string to the end of the string and got 12.24v. Scratched my head and asked my self "Shouldn't I have had some sort of power drop through the whole string?" I am not sure but I think I should have. I tested again and the Volts started alternating. I checked my outlet and was getting a steady 116v. Why is it people say 20ma across the LEDs and these are needing 5.6ma? Can to much amps cause them not to light up? My wife asked me "Why don't you just through away the inflatable?" I told her I am not excepting defeat from this thing. So with your help I hope I can get this figured out, lol
  3. zgetman

    Texas Newbie

    Lol, Only in Texas do we say, "Driving the speed limit..."
  4. zgetman

    Texas Newbie

    Here is the information I have so far.. The string was 50 mini LED warm white lights. The string is rated 4.8 watts (.04amp). The lamps are to be replaced with 3.8v .076watt LED only. That converts to 5.6ma per LED. I checked each of my LEDs with my 2 battery LED tester and they all glow. What I have found now is my DC power supply is alternating volts from 8 to 11 and back again. I think my Power Supply may be bad. My latest test was like this. " I Plugged in my power supply. Tested the volts and got 12.24v. Connected my string of 3 warm white LEDs at that are rated for 3.8v, and nothing happened. I checked my voltage from the beginning of the string to the end of the string and got 12.24v. Scratched my head and asked my self "Shouldn't I have had some sort of power drop through the whole string?" I am not sure but I think I should have. I tested again and the Volts started alternating. I checked my outlet and was getting a steady 116v. My wife asked me "Why don't you just through away the inflatable?" I told her I am not excepting defeat from this thing. So with your help I hope I can get this figured out, lol.
  5. zgetman

    Texas Newbie

    If I wasn't 10 hrs from conroe I would probably go. Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk
  6. zgetman

    Texas Newbie

    I am trying to figure out the forward drop voltage of the leds. I had already pulled the string of lights apart before your post. I have a 2 AA batteries that I had put together and soldered a lead from them to test my single leds, but I can not figure out the FDV. I tried using the diode tester on my Multimeter but it says its rated for 2.8v and I cant get the leds to light with that low of voltage. I have tried testing the voltage across the LED but it gives me the same reading as the batteries, I think I need more volts running more lights to get an actual FVD off of the leds, am I correct? My DC adapter puts 12.24 volts.
  7. zgetman

    Texas Newbie

    Thank you for all the info. It can never be an easy answer, lol. Well I just bought a multi-meter and I will be reading through the post to find what I need to do. I will probably have more questions later. Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk
  8. zgetman

    Texas Newbie

    JackStevens, You are very knowledge person about LEDs it seems and I have a question... I have an inflatable that the lights went out on, after further inspection the LEDs had pulled apart from the terminals. I initially started to reattach them but something went wrong. I am not sure what it was but I ended up tossing the string of 3 lights. I then got a idea that I would cut a string of 9 incandescent lights and solder them to the blower like the LEDs were. I did not notice that the inflatable used a DC adapter and it caused the lights to glow very dim but also I had to remove a light and replace it to make them light up. Well, since it didn't workout like I had planed I knixed that idea. I bought a string of LEDs for 1 buck and decided to do the same with them as I did with the incandescent lights. I cut down the strand about 9 lights down and wired them in series to the blower motor but I didn't get any glowing. I don't know much about LEDs but I have researched a bunch about them and learned a lot. I now know that my inflatable uses a 12v dc adapter, and my LEDs are rated for 3.4v per LED. So with that info I assume I can run 3 LEDs in series and get a them to glow. However, I can not get these lights to glow when I plug the adapter in the wall. I made sure that I wired them up so that the polarity was correct. Any ideas why they wont light up?
  9. zgetman

    Texas Newbie

    Howdy from Texas, yes I know its cliche but that is how we roll here in the panhandle, lol. My name is Zach, I am married with 2 boys, one is 17yrs old and the other is 2yrs old. I am a complete noob to chirstmas lighting. I have had a few strands of lights up for the last couple of years, and last I year added 3 inflatibles. My youngest son absolutely loves christmas lights, and I am wanting to go bigger next year. There is a house down the block from us that has an animated light show and I have to take my son by there every night during the season. I was thinking about building up to that some year, but before I go to big I need to evaluate my electical capabilities. I live in an old house and I have one outlet outside that I run my lights on my house from. I just bought all new LED lights this year for really cheap thanks to the 75% off sale at Walmart, and an 180.00 inflatible for 40 bucks. I plan on doing some DIY this year. I love DIY projects and I have noticed that there are some good DIY projects on this site to help me along. I may make some arches to start out with. Well that is enough for now. I hope you guys have a wonderful new year and will be talking soon. Peace and good will to you all, Zach.
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