This calculator finds the **resistor value** to be used with an LED and a **+5 Volt **supply. It also provides **the power dissipation** in the resistor – an important number for resistor selection.

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**LED Resistor Calculator**

To find the resistor, enter the following for the LED

- Forward Voltage (
**Vf**) - Current (
**I**)

## LED Resistor **Formula**

**R = (V-Vf)/I**

In this case **V = 5 Volt**.

**Example Calculation**

The data sheet for a diode can be used to find its forward voltage and current.

For the diode current-voltage plot shown below, **Vf = 2.1 V** and we use** I = 10 mA**.

Use these values in the calculator above to find a resistor value of **290 Ohm**. Approximately **29 mW of power** is dissipated in the resistor.

Referring to the picture from an LED datasheet, any of the resistors below can be used. The 0402 resistor for instance, is able to dissipate 63 mW of power which provides adequate margin.

**Summary**

For a supply voltage of **5V** and a forward voltage of 2.1V, a **290 ohm** series resistor should be used to provide a forward current of 10 mA.