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Title: LED flourescent tubes
Post by: TrevL on November 08, 2019, 07:54:50 AM
Due to me being careless, I let the tailgate of the car hit and smash one of my LED FT's in in the garage. I now have a 5 ft strip of smd's  on a very thin length of damaged printed circuit tape.  Do you think I will be able to utilise these as a source of lighting on my layout please? TIA.
Title: Re: LED flourescent tubes
Post by: Bealman on November 08, 2019, 08:45:29 AM
Yes. It could involve some fiddly work, tidying up the end and resoldering connections, but definitely doable.
Title: Re: LED flourescent tubes
Post by: sprogman on November 08, 2019, 03:55:31 PM
Yes, but...

You'll need to figure out how they are wired. Assuming they are mains powered, the LEDs may be in a long string requiring a high voltage. That's the most efficient way but does introduce a single point of failure at each LED. In practice it will be somewhere between this and every LED in parallel.

See http://www.epanorama.net/newepa/2010/07/12/circuit-inside-led-tubes/ (http://www.epanorama.net/newepa/2010/07/12/circuit-inside-led-tubes/)
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