Inside a 3D LCD TV – CCFL to LED backlight replacement conversion

///Inside a 3D LCD TV – CCFL to LED backlight replacement conversion

Inside a 3D LCD TV – CCFL to LED backlight replacement conversion

Out with the old…

First things first, the CCFL tubes had to go!

In with the new…

We decided to bite the bullet and order 40 meters of white 5050 LED strip. When it arrived the build began. Considering the current requirements for the amount of LED strip we were planning on using (~36 meters), we decided on a 24v rail for LED power. This meant each 12v LED strip would be placed in series with another. So we got to soldering them in pairs like so:

We tied these all the way down to keep spacing and evening lighting from one end to the other. Next stage was to stick them down using the CCFL tube mount holes as a guide.

Ends terminated and stuck down with hot glue. Half way through, time for a pose and a coffee..

Done! Next time for some power! For dimming, it worked out cheaper to buy pre-made 24v tolerant LED strip amplifiers, so that’s what we did! We grouped these up to drive 4 strips each.

Keep the nice chunky current rich power supply cable nice and low resistance by stripping away the insulation and tagging to it rather than cutting 🙂 (Don’t worry that cable is already overkill!)

Our 24v 16.5A supply 😀


Bathe in you’re new light box!

Nasser contemplating what evil he can do with such power!

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By |2016-06-25T23:09:56+00:00September 1st, 2014|Hanging 3DTV, Projects|2 Comments

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  1. […] For those who have been following along, you will know that we replaced the CCFL backlight in the TV with LED strips connected in series, this is the maths we used to spec up out beefy 24v 16.5A power supply (Mostly outlined in this post). […]

  2. Jose Medeiros March 25, 2019 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Fantastic article and post, out of curiosity did you use to many LED strips, since they seem much brighter then the previous CCFL’s used by the TV?

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