Types of LED’s used in e-textiles or electronic textile
There is a huge choice of lights available to use in your e-textile or STEM projects. Any type of light will need to have a circuit so understanding how these lights work is essential to make your project work for you. Depending, on your project choosing the right lights can be difficult, this simple guide will help you make your decision easier.
There are many types of LED’s from non-flashing to flashing two prong 5mm lights. This type of light is easy to use and most cost effective. This type of light comes in many colours including red, green, blue, pink, orange, white and multi coloured. Using this type of light in e- textiles involves shaping the two prongs into small circles oreyelets. This type of light has a positive (+) and a negative (-) prongs. The positive (anode +) is identified by the longer length and the negative (cathode -) is identified by the shorter leg and the side is flatter.
There are many types of sewable lights including Teknikio star and heart LED’s, Adafruit sequin lights and our own sewable lights available in many colours including blue, white and orange. This type of lights can be easier for the novice as the + and – are clearly marked on the LED. They can be used for more delicate fabric projects such as quilting and fashion work. We use this type of light when making needle felting cards, our camper van felt and needle felting projects and The Christmas quilt.
The Chibi circuit stickers by Chibtronics can be sewn into your e-textile project or used in other crafts such as card making, copper tape is used in making a circuit. These lights are very flat and have a sticky surface so they easily adhere to paper projects. They can be used for craft projects but in our opinion are not the best choice.
All these types of lights are stocked at Light Stitches so you can choose the best lights for your projects.
For e-textile project ideas visit our resources page.