# Question: Is It OK To Use A Higher Wattage Resistor?

## How do you know if a resistor is burnt?

Measure resistance from one end of the resistor to the damaged section.

Again measure the resistance from the damaged section to the other end of the resistor.

Add these two values of resistances.

This is the approximate value of the burnt resistor..

## Can I use LED without resistor?

When hooking up an LED, you are always supposed to use a current-limiting resistor to protect the LED from the full voltage. If you hook the LED up directly to the 5 volts without a resistor, the LED will be over-driven, it will be very bright for a while, and then it will burn out.

## What would cause a resistor to burn?

Burning of Resistor When a resistor has been overloaded with voltage exceeding its power rating, the resistor will become very hot to touch, darken considerably and possibly even melt or catch on fire. Although a resistor may appear damaged at this point, it can still be functioning.

## Does the wattage of a resistor matter?

Resistors come in a variety of different ratings based on wattage. As a rule, lower wattage resistors are smaller than higher wattage resistors. I understand the wattage determines roughly how much current it can handle before it burns up.

## How many watts can a resistor handle?

Generally these types of resistors have standard power ratings up to 500 Watts and are generally connected together to form what are called “resistance banks”.

## What does the wattage rating of a resistor indicate?

The power rating of a resistor is the specification given with a resistor that serves to tell the maximum amount of power that the resistor can withstand. Thus, if a resistor has a power rating of 1/4 watts, 1/4 watts is the maximum amount of power that should be fed into the resistor.

## How do I make a high wattage resistor?

Yes, you can make a high power resistor from multiple low power ones. The simplest way to do this is to put them all either in series or all in parallel. With N resistors in series, make each 1/N the total desired resistance. Similarly, with N resistors in parallel, make each N times the desired resistance.

## How do I determine the wattage of a resistor?

The physical size of the resistor is directly related to how much wattage it can accomodate. The larger the resistor the more wattage, or the more power it can dissipate. The amount of heat dissipated per unit time is measured in watts. Exercise 1: You have 15Vdc and a 100 Ohm resistor.

## What happens if I use the wrong resistor?

If you are using such a resistor in a current-sensing application in a switch-mode circuit, you will get spurious readings or inaccurate behaviour. … For a simple LED circuit there are no bad consequences of using a resistor of higher power.

## What resistor should I use with my LED?

Basics: Picking Resistors for LEDsPower Supply VoltageLED ColorResistor (rounded)3 VRed, Yellow, or Yellow-Green51 Ω4.5 VRed, Yellow, or Yellow-Green39 Ω4.5 VBlue, Green, White, or UV51 Ω5 VBlue, Green, White, or UV68 Ω4 more rows•Aug 29, 2012

## How do I choose a resistor?

A rule of thumb is to find a resistor with twice the power rating. Here I would choose a 250 mW resistor since those are the most standard ones. Usually, you can just use the cheapest resistor you can find with the correct power rating.

## How many volts can a resistor handle?

The maximum power drawn by the chip through the resistor (by equation #2) will be 5 * 5 / 10000 = 0.0025 W, or 2.5 mW. That’s fine even the tiniest surface mount resistors. Manufacturers typically give a maximum voltage for a particular resistor range, such as 200V for a 250 mW resistor.