Soldering

LED Strip Lighting Soldering Lessons Learned

Blue and red wires soldered to LED strip lighting

When it comes to soldering I have very little experience. Over the past few years I've picked up a tip or two listening to friends with experience, but I've done very little hands-on soldering. Here's what I learned trying to solder together LED strip lighting to light up the back of our television.

Hakko FX-888D soldering station

Santa was good and brought me this Hakko FX-888D soldering station

Electronics-related skills seem more important now than ever, especially with the number of maker spaces opening up. When I was in high school I always wanted to take an electronics course, but we had none in the "Advanced" stream at our school. Oddly enough we had an advanced typing course. At the time there were three streams in high school, Basic, General, and Advanced. My impression (which was mistaken) was that in order to go to University you had to only take Advanced courses. So I never ended up learning any soldering or basic electronics skills.

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