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Posted · Original PosterOP

I am going to be making a huge LED wall and i wish to buy tonnes cheap. anyone know where i can buy bulk cheapo, yet good ones. Thanks


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You would basically call the company you select , whatever it may be , and make a bulk order right from the factory. That's all any vendor would do.

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Just now, emosun said:

You would basically call the company you select , whatever it may be , and make a bulk order right from the factory. That's all any vendor would do.

I know, im just wondering if anyone had any recommendations of good companys


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TME.eu is a distributor for some asian companies, they have some single color leds that are cheap in volume, like 1-3 cents each if you buy a roll of 5000 , or less than 5 cents for a RGB led. 

Other distributors Digikey.com , Farnell.com/Newark.com , Mouser.com , rs-components ... these are "home user" friendly and big distributors of electronic components.

 

LCSC.com (and other chinese/asian stores like aliexpress/alibaba) may be cheaper in high volume, but you'll have no guarantee you'll get same binning (same color temperature, same cri, minimal batch to batch variation etc), you won't know how they were handled (some leds are sensitive about humidity, it's typically best to buy rolls as they come sealed with stuff to absorb humidity inside.

I'd use lcsc for led driver chips but not for actual leds, if I want to end up with quality display, as with a distributor I know I can order the same bins of leds, while on ebay/aliexpress etc you may get 10k of leds from a manufacturer and 10k from another, and you're out of luck (or difficult at the very least) if you want to return / refund

 

 

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Bulk on a led scale or on consumer scale?

When talking about bulk buy leds you are well above 10k units. So just order them at LCSC if you want china LEDs. Otherwise use octopart and compare the prices (mouser, digikey, etc.).

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I am assuming you're probably looking at thousands of 3mm or 5mm through hole LED's. Start brushing up on your inco terms and start talking to manufacturers on Alibaba. You can usually get 10k LEDs for 10 to 45 USD after some negotiations.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
On 9/11/2020 at 3:12 PM, mariushm said:

TME.eu is a distributor for some asian companies, they have some single color leds that are cheap in volume, like 1-3 cents each if you buy a roll of 5000 , or less than 5 cents for a RGB led. 

Other distributors Digikey.com , Farnell.com/Newark.com , Mouser.com , rs-components ... these are "home user" friendly and big distributors of electronic components.

 

LCSC.com (and other chinese/asian stores like aliexpress/alibaba) may be cheaper in high volume, but you'll have no guarantee you'll get same binning (same color temperature, same cri, minimal batch to batch variation etc), you won't know how they were handled (some leds are sensitive about humidity, it's typically best to buy rolls as they come sealed with stuff to absorb humidity inside.

I'd use lcsc for led driver chips but not for actual leds, if I want to end up with quality display, as with a distributor I know I can order the same bins of leds, while on ebay/aliexpress etc you may get 10k of leds from a manufacturer and 10k from another, and you're out of luck (or difficult at the very least) if you want to return / refund

 

 

Thanks! i will look into it!


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14 hours ago, Spoiled_Kitten said:

Thanks! i will look into it!

Or you can also buy stuff from AliExpress, taobao, alibaba, digikey, watterrot, alleletronics, mouser, arrow, avnet..

 

But before purchasing anything look to the times of elaboration and shippement, because a lot of those take a while to ship

 

Also a reverse search by using a led name/part number does also help into finding new stores

 

Anyway if you are planning to make some type of display/paper like sheet of led.. there are also those things:

https://a.aliexpress.com/_BT6Yj2

 

EDIT: whoops I didn't notice that many of those were already suggested, I'm sorry 😅

 

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10 hours ago, Xvaster said:

Or you can also buy stuff from AliExpress, taobao, alibaba, digikey, watterrot, alleletronics, mouser, arrow, avnet..

 

But before purchasing anything look to the times of elaboration and shippement, because a lot of those take a while to ship

 

Also a reverse search by using a led name/part number does also help into finding new stores

 

Anyway if you are planning to make some type of display/paper like sheet of led.. there are also those things:

https://a.aliexpress.com/_BT6Yj2

 

EDIT: whoops I didn't notice that many of those were already suggested, I'm sorry 😅

 

Nah algd xd, and ill look at it when i can, thanks.


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