Here’s my very first conversion of a regular “PR Bulb” (incandescent) into an LED Bulb that will work in my new Dollar Tree Flashlight.
Here is the flashlight the bulb is going into:
The original bulb is on the right and the shell on the left.
To get the bulb from the casing I put it in a bag and clamped down on it with some pliers. I pulled it out and put it back into the pliers to hold onto it while I drilled out the guts. I simply used a drill bit that was just a tiny bit smaller than the casing.
Here are the parts I used: 3 of each: 3mm blue LEDS and 30 ohm resistors
I cut off all the positive leads and soldered on the resistors. I bent over the negative leads to get them ready for insertion into the casing.
Here are the LEDs in the casing ready to be soldered into place.
The final product with the negative leads soldered to the casing and the positive leads all soldered together and snipped off.
The LEDs aren’t as bright as the original bulb, but at least they use 60% less power. I think it is because;
(1) These LEDs have a lesser MCD rating, and
(2) The 3mm LEDs have a wider viewing angle than my 5mm do.
While this first run doesn’t have as strong of a “hot spot” it does produce a cleaner / wider beam.
Here are some beam shots:
Order: First Mod, Second Mod, Original Bulb
Footnote: The original bulb was pulling 500ma with 4 NIMH batteries while the 4 LEDs pulled 200ma.
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2 thoughts on “Conversion of PR Bulb To LED”
i’m planning to do the same with my car brakelights. do you have an idea how?
For brakelights I would think you’d need a LOT of really bright LEDs. You may want to make up an array of LEDs similar to this: http://www.nifty-stuff.com/dollar-led.php
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