I was looking over my photos and was curious to know what exactly you would like to see in this assembly guide.
Currently I follow these steps per unit.
- Preselect LED's for each "string" and put them in a breadboard so I can just grab them as I need them, not a necessary step but I still do it.
- Start at string 1 and solder in the resistor after bending the leads.
- Place each LED in the string in the board, make sure it lays flat, then bend leads and cut. Then flatten leads against the PCB with a flat edge to secure LED in place.
- Repeat 2 and 3 till all strings are in.
- Solder all the leads in place.
- solder the output and input leads and wires in place.
- Test unit with paper over the LED's to prevent going blind lol
I am going to assume for the guide the person wishing to use the guide will know how to solder and deal with electronics in general.
The lights take about 1 hour to make, so doing a full assembly video wouldn't be desirable. But if you think there is something above you would like to see in video I can do it.
Right now I have photos of
- Each LED string being placed in the PCB one string at a time.
- Tools used in the process
- How I hold LED's while securing them in place (might want to do a video on this though)
- End units with wires
I do not have images of
- Units pre-finished stage where I am adding each wire jumper to the board. I believe this could be figured out by looking at the images but might be wrong :)
- LED's in bread board
- How to test LED's if you mix them up
- How to tell the LED's apart in general (red vs other colors based on anodes alone)
- How to use pieces of leads to bridge holes for inputs / outputs on PCB (assumed if pointed out in image it should be easy to understand)
- Each LED being placed in the board (this would be tedious and I did do this on the first unit I made but the process of assembly has changed to speed the process up now)
- Images / Video about trimming the LED bumpers (posted an illustration in a previous blog if you think this is enough then I will go with it :) )
- Process used to test the units (simply wiring up leads from the DC jack [hooked up to the power supply] to the boards illustrated INPUTS)
Did I miss anything?
So, tech minded people out there, how would you like to see this guide undertaken so I can produce it in a way you desire. I have to make 28 more units so I have room to adjust the "guide" as needed. I have also not figured out how I will mount these and that will have to be eventually included. However since I have not started this yet I will test the waters to see what you guys would like to get out of this and run with it from there...
Thanks for your input :)