Ed Edmondson email (remove spam text)
I guess I am really "LED Challenged" as I can't find a circuit that will dim
an LED used as a backlight. The LED has a Vf of 3.5 to 4.0 volts @ If of 20
mA. I want to run it off 5 volts and want to vary the intensity from "Off"
to "On" (less the drop across the Vbe) using a 2N3904? I figured the LED
limit resistor to be about 45 ohms (5 - .6 - 3.5)/.020) ? Is this right?
How do I vary the base drive to vary the LED intensity? A resistive divider
with a pot? How do I calculate the values for the divider? The 2N3904 has a
hfe of 100 to 300. Does anyone care to help me out?
See also: www.piclist.com/techref/displays.htm?key=led
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