This kit allows you to build an economic mains powered lamp that takes power from a standard Micro USB phone charger (available separately).
The kit comprises a very bright 1W Power LED which connects (with the cable provided) to a PCB that has a power switch, Micro USB connector and power resistor.
All that is required to assemble the kit is to connect the LED to the desired length of cable and solder the resistor to the board.
Note: Parts only, example case shown not included.
Here is a video we have put together demonstrating the kit:
- Easy to build lamp kit.
- Ultra bright 1W Power LED.
- 1 x Wirewound Resistor, 2.5W, 10 Ohms.
- 1 x 1W Warm White Power LED Star.
- 0.5m Figure 8 Speaker Cable 2x (7x0.18mm).
- 1 x Micro USB Breakout, with Power Switch.
- PCB Length: 38mm.
- PCB Width: 28mm.
- Click here to download the essential information.
- Click here to download the full teaching resources.
Teachers can order a sample of this kit (one per school) request a sample kit.
You will need to select the kit from a list of all the sample kits; the stock code for this kit is 2152.
Note: this service is only offered to schools for evaluation purposes only.
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- Orders placed online before 3:00pm Monday - Friday (excluding public holidays and our Christmas shutdown period) are always dispatched the same day provided the goods are in stock. If the goods are not in stock we will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible to discuss a dispatch date.
- If you live on the UK mainland and don't have any large materials or lithium batteries in your order it will cost £3.95 (£4.74 including VAT) if you spend less than £40 (£48 including VAT).
- If you spend between £40 and £200 (£48 - £240.00 including VAT, excluding large materials or lithium batteries) delivery is free to most locations, £12 (£14.40 including VAT, excluding large materials or lithium batteries) to Northern Ireland and £15 (£18.00 including VAT, excluding large materials or lithium batteries) to UK remote locations. For a list of postcodes that will be charged the remote location rate: remote area list.
- If you spend over £200 (£240.00 including VAT, excluding large materials or lithium batteries) delivery is free within the UK.
Rest of the world
- These orders are sent via UPS, and the cost is dependant on the service you choose at checkout. Alternatively you can choose the free collection option and have your own courier collect it from us. International orders can only be shipped to the registered card address. Please note: International orders may be charged import duty dependant on local import laws and duty rates. These charges are usually billed to you directly from UPS.
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- If you would like to collect your order, or use your own courier then there is an option you can select during checkout. We do not charge a packaging or handling fee for this service, and you will receive an email when your order has been processed, you can collect half an hour after receipt of this email.
- For information about all of the delivery options we offer see full delivery details.
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Hi Julie, If the 1W power LED star is being connected to a USB power source you should be using a 10 Ohm power resistor to ensure the LED doesn’t become damaged. Also if you are wanting to connect two of the LED stars in a circuit you may be better using a 12V power supply. Each LED star draws around 310mA and as such some USB plugs may not be able to deliver the amount of current required. This resources shows a few methods for connecting the power LED’s how-to-use-1w-star-led
Hi Al, If you are referring to the image on the product page I believe this is frosted white Perspex and frosted red Perspex.
Hi Jeff, Unfortunately this only comes in the 1 colour, however if you placed a transparent or frosted piece of material such as Perspex in front of the light you can create a diffused light effect that is coloured. Transparent would work better as you wouldn’t lose the brightness of the light but would still get the tint in colour, a blue sheet can be viewed here transparent perspex sheets blue
We don’t currently have any light kits that work on a push button switch. However there wouldn’t be an issue with creating a circuit with a push button switch as long as the switch was suitable rated to the voltage and current you were using. You could either use the 1W power LED star and a push switch, here are some examples of how you can use the 1w LED star. how-to-use-1w-star-led
You can have a maximum of two 1W Warm White Power LED Star connected to the Micro USB Breakout board, however you wouldn't be able to use the switch as it is only rated up to 3A. Alternatively you can connect three up in series if you didn’t use the breakout board, how-to-use-1w-star-led
You wouldn’t be able to use the Polymer Lithium Ion Battery or AAA/AA Batteries with this kit as you wouldn’t be able to connect them to the Mirco USB Breakout Board. However you can use both of these to power just the 1W LED star on its own, you would roughly get around 3 hours use of the Polymer Lithium battery and possibly slightly longer from 3XAA batteries.
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