Adding LEDS to BOSS etc pedals

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  1. jaywalker

    jaywalker Member

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    Quicky question that could change the face of almost every pedalboard.

    Let's say I want to add an extra high powered LED to a BOSS pedal or anything similar.
    Would it cause any damage to the pedal?? i.e. running 2 LEDs in parrallel.
     
  2. FrankieSixxxgun

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    It shouldn't. Worst you might do is kill the battery sooner.
     
  3. guitarpkr67

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    You might have to change the resistor going to the led so it will power a bigger one.
     
  4. alvagoldbook

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    I would guess that you would have to change the LED resistor. But I don't know if that would only apply in series or parallel. To get a brighter LED, you definately would have to change the resistor.
     
  5. jaywalker

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    tis done!!!!!

    I applied the same principle to the tier and bottom of my chrome pedalboard (now stolen):

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    The resistor was removed with the LEDs in parallel. all my pedals are getting this treatment.....
    Just have to build another one of these:
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    And we should be looking prettttyy grooooovy...........

    Thank's guys!!!!!
     
  6. FrankieSixxxgun

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    That's officially cool as **** looking! Great job!
     
  7. jaywalker

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    Took 10 mins and cost less than 2 dollars FWIW.
     
  8. AL30

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    You may want to run your pedals via a power supply instead of a battery - if you aren't already doing that. Like Frankie said - you'll drain your battery faster. Not too much of a problem on OD pedals but a delay eats batteries as-is.

    AL
     
  9. jaywalker

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    All my pedals are on power supplies with battery backup, no problems. Tomorrow I'm going to employ the same principle on a DD6 with the tempo LED indicator thingy.
     
  10. jaywalker

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    Sorry to rain on the parade...
    The original LED is heating up a little too much for my liking without the resistor. Anyone have any suggestions? I tried a lower value resistor but both LEDs were totally dim with it.
     

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