Light Emitting Diode (LED) Workshop?

Hi All,

I would really like to take a workshop to learn how to work with LEDs. Does anyone have any suggestions of where I might look to find a class like this?

I’m looking for something accessible and not overly scientific - a certain amount of technical information would be great, but I’m not trying to become an electrician. Probably a class specifically oriented towards artists and designers. Maybe something that takes place over a long weekend, or even a more in-depth workshop that lasts about a week.

I am aware that there is a lot of information online and that I could teach myself - I’ve watched a lot if videos on YouTube and know about Instructables. But I’d really rather treat myself to a workshop. If there is such a thing.

Can anyone help?

Thanks very much,

I would suggest checking out MAKE magazine They have a lot of info on electronics projects and make them very easy to understand. On their blog they also post info on maker fairs/events in cities around the country which normally have specific topics or themes like robotics, soldering etc. I would also look at any engineering/technical schools in your area since they often spawn clubs that are open to the public and may cover your area of interest. Hope this helps.

Thanks Dubya. I will definitely check those leads out.

Also, I forgot to mention that I live in a very rural area, which I hope explains my cluelessness. :wink: But I’m certainly willing to travel and will apply your suggestions to the nearest metropolis (Boston, most likely).

jjello: What kind of work do you want to do? Artistic? Architectural lighting?

Two places to start:

  1. Manufacturers. Take a look at:

Philips is the undoubted leader in LED tech. They have really great PDFs and other resources to help you understand how they work and what they can do. Mind you, this stuff is high end where single LEDs cost $10-20.

  1. Basic electronics and circuitry. Here is a good book:

For most LED circuits, you just need to understand very basic electronic theories: resistance, voltage, amperage, etc. This book is a perfect introduction.