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Old 11-23-2008, 12:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The red thing is another form of capacitor.

Here's what I know so far. the 4 diodes and 1 capacitor are a bridge rectifier. they convert the AC into DC since LED's are DC only.

the Resistors control current. I am not sure what the second capacitor does. the unit is wired in series.

the LED's appear fine. for the second that they light up they light up properly. Its not a matter of voltage. even if I ran 25% of the needed voltage they would still illuminate just not a brightly. This is how I fixed my "tube" led fixtures that were running too hot. Lowered the voltage to 80volts with a variac so that they would consume fewer watts and therefore stop overheating.
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