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I snagged a nifty clear-bodied Nerf Maverick the other day:
and i thought it would be neat to take advantage of the transparency and make it light up. to that end, i stopped by radio shack and picked up 2 20-pc baggies of random LEDs and a single-cell AA battery holder.
i giddily started hooking things together, and found out:
1. a single AA battery doesn't make anything light up (due to the one-way nature of LEDs i did try them both ways)
2. TWO AA batteries in series burns out an LED. now i've got 2 dead ones and my room smells like a robot farted.
obviously these aren't the flashlight bulbs i used to work with.
the circuit i'm trying to make needs to use at least 6 LEDs. i've picked out 6 standard-size green ones that i want to use (they're identical). no idea on how much voltage each needs to properly light up, but logic dictates that it's somewhere between 1.5 and 3 volts.
due to space constraints within the maverick's rotating barrel, the maximum number of batteries i can fit in is probably 3 AAAs. i don't need the lights to stay on for any great duration, so a total battery life of a few hours (3-5 mebbe?) is fine.
to sum up: 6 identical green LEDs, maximum power supply voltage is 4.5v. google says something about resistors, but i don't know what i'd be looking for there. any tips on getting this to work would be great.
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