Description: There are more and more hobbyists taking advantage of surface mount technology these days. With affordable tools like hot air and hotplate reflow ovens, electronics enthusiasts are shrinking their projects down to new levels of portability. Unfortunately, It’s not always easy to get your hands on small amounts of SMD parts so here’s a part that every project could use more of: tiny little LEDs.
That’s right, each pack includes 25 tiny blue 1206 SMD LEDs in cut-tape packaging. These are great for status lights or for building really small LED matrices. Don’t expect them to be super bright, they’re basically the standard blue LED that shows up on our LilyPad Micro LED boards, and are slightly larger than a 0603 SMD LED.
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I got these to illuminate some vacuum tubes from below expecting them to be just bright enough for a little effect. Apparantly Sparkfuns definition of “Not super bright” is rather misleading. these little guys are very bright to the point i had to use PWM to bring their brightness to a fraction of their rating just so they won’t flood my room with blue!
Don’t underestimate these little leds. they are far better then i expected from a few cheap smd leds!