SMD LED - Red 1206 (strip of 25)

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 red 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 red LED that shows up on our LilyPad Micro LED boards, and are slightly larger than a 0603 SMD LED.

  • Forward Voltage: 2.0 V
  • Brightness: 120 mcd

SMD LED - Red 1206 (strip of 25) Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Soldering

This skill defines how difficult the soldering is on a particular product. It might be a couple simple solder joints, or require special reflow tools.

3 Soldering

Skill Level: Competent - You will encounter surface mount components and basic SMD soldering techniques are required.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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  • mwwalk / about 8 years ago / 1

    1) Thanks for carrying these, it's so annoying to have to put a seperate order in to digikey for only a few things like this.

    2) I wish you'd carry more smd parts like these, especially in the 0805 size, which is the smallest my old eyes can work with.

    3) I think these should be pretty bright at 120mcd. For maximum current, use a 150 ohm resistor for 5V or a 60 ohm resistor for 3.3V. Though personally, I'd just use a 330ohm.

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