Electronics - Illuminating a display case

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by gwelmarten, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. gwelmarten macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2011
    I have an olympic case in a display case. I want to illimunate it from the bottom. Basically I just want to put a high intensity LED at the bottom of the torch. How can I connect electrical components like LED to a UK mains socket? Are there devices that convert mains to DC and then downstep it so I can run individual components from it?
  2. samiwas macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    Of course. All you have to get is an LED driver which will support the LED you want to use. I don't know the size of this display or the LED you want to use, but this is extremely common.

    I have seen these used on exhibit dimply cases running 240v:

    And there are even now MR16 (no idea what they call them in the UK) sized lamps that run on mains voltage (using a GU10 base), at least here in the US. I'm sure they have them there as well.

    Also, a lot of LEDs nowadays will run off standard 12v AC, so even a standard wall wart transformer will power them.

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