# What voltage do LED lights run on?

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Typically, the forward voltage of an LED is between 1.8 and 3.3 volts. It varies by the color of the LED. A red LED typically drops around 1.7 to 2.0 volts, but since both voltage drop and light frequency increase with band gap, a blue LED may drop around 3 to 3.3 volts.

## Can LED run on 12V?

Quite intuitively, providing more than 12V DC on a 12V LED strip is not a good idea, because you may cause the LED strip to be over-driven, burning out the diodes or causing excessive heat buildup that can damage both the circuit and on-board components.

## Do LED lights work on AC or DC?

In most applications LEDs are driven by a DC power supply. LEDs consume DC current to produce light; with AC current the LED will only be lit when current flow is in the proper direction. AC applied to an LED will cause it to blink on and off, and at high frequency the LED will appear to be lit continuously.

## Can you run 5V LEDs on 12V?

1 Answer. Putting two in series is not going to work, since you’d then have to interface the serial data line. You could however use a small DC-DC (such as the many LM2596 based) to convert 12V down to 5V. It would also reduce the current requirements in the wiring.

## Will a 120v LED work on 12V?

Yes you can. But it will not glow that bright because the bulb is rated 120 volts to get the desired brightness. If you’ve ever tried it, you would find that even at 50% rated voltage, the bulb will be useless.

## Can I use 12V AC for LED lights?

To run an LED-based fixture from a mains supply (e.g. 120 V AC) requires electronics between the supply and the devices themselves to provide a DC voltage (e.g. 12 V DC) capable of driving several LEDs. A new approach is to develop AC-LEDs, which can operate directly from an AC power supply.

## Will 12V DC LED run on AC?

There is a circuit inside which probably incorporates a bridge rectifier and current limiting resistor. If so, it will work just fine on 12 volts DC.

## How do 120v LED lights work?

LED lights are designed to operate on low-voltage direct current similar to that supplied by batteries. To wire LED lights to 120-volt household current, a “step down” transformer is required to convert the alternating current into the lower voltage direct current.

## Can I use 12V for 5V?

The device will very likely burn out. In addition, depending on what the device is and the capacity of the 12V supply, connecting a 12V supply to a device rated 5V max could lead to a hazard – fire, explosion, etc. Mostly it will get damaged.

## How is LED strip voltage calculated?

Take the length of your LED strip in feet and multiply it by the watts consumed per foot, then multiply by 1.2. This will give you the minimum sized power supply you’ll need to run your strips.

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## Can LED lights run on DC?

Most LED lamps use a bridge rectifier which immediately turns the AC into DC, which the power converter then turns into the current supply that the LEDs use. So yes, they will run on DC of the proper voltage (not 12 volts).

## Can I use 110V LED on 12 volts?

If it requires 110V. A 12V will either supply an extremely faint light, or only abour 10th of the lights will work. You would need an 110 volt inverter or reconfigure the circuit so that the LEDS will operate on 12V DC.

## What happens if you put a 12V bulb in a 120v socket?

Be absolutely sure to check your fixture for voltage prior to installation. Putting a 12v bulb into a 120v socket will destroy the LED and void the warranty.

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