# Is 9V too much for an LED?

## Is 9V too much for an LED?

Yes, way too much voltage for a single LED. Although, you can use a 9v battery if you use a series resistor to limit current to less than the LED’s maximum rated current.

## How many LEDs can a 9V power?

9v can power 2 white/blue LEDs in series, or 3 red / (most) green / yellow. Each chain would need an appropriate resistor in series.

Can a LED be connected directly to a 9V battery?

Connecting the light emitting diode (LED) to a higher voltage will normally quickly destroy the LED, by causing it to burn out. Five-volt LEDs can be connected to a nine-volt battery, but an external resistor is also needed in order to drop the voltage to the five volts required.

Do I need a resistor for LED lights?

An LED (Light Emitting Diode) emits light when an electric current passes through it. The simplest circuit to power an LED is a voltage source with a resistor and an LED in series. If the voltage source is equal to the voltage drop of the LED, no resistor is required.

### Will a 12V LED run on a 9V?

No. You cannot power a 12V rated load with 9V battery, at least directly. Because a 12V rated load present a high resistance (it would be a open circuit) to the 9V battery.

### Will a 12V LED run on 9V?

Does voltage matter for LED?

You’re correct that LEDs are current devices and therefore forward voltage does not matter. However, in some applications, we may apply AC to an LED, still current limited, but then the LED reverse voltage is exceeded and the device is destroyed.

How do you make a homemade battery torch?

If you want to make a homemade flashlight, use electrical tape to attach a piece of wire, like copper speaker wire, to the negative end of a D battery. Tape the bottom of a toilet paper roll so it’s completely covered, then insert the battery, wired end first, into the roll.

#### What resistor do I need for LED 9V?

LEDs typically require 10 to 20mA, the datasheet for the LED will detail this along with the forward voltage drop. For example an ultra bright blue LED with a 9V battery has a forward voltage of 3.2V and typical current of 20mA. So the resistor needs to be 290 ohms or as close as is available.