So I’m soldering on a KD 8×7135 V2 and trying to set the modes to HIGH and MEDIUM but got a little too much solder on those two pads (4 all together) and bridged them together. Now I have a single mode light. For now I’m leaving it as is until I figure it out.
Question: Is it single mode because I combined the two bridge points or would it already have been single mode if I didn’t solder at all? I’ve never tried this driver before soldering the bridge points.
It’s a common mistake it happens all the time. The ground wire to the LED is grounding on the outer ring. Just clean off the blob of solder and you should be good to go otherwise it’s grounded at the reflector on the same wire.
This is definitely what happened, upon further inspection. In fact, it’s easier to tell now because the light started flickering a little so I figured the solder was contacting the body as well.
The driver soldering isn’t quite as nice as the LED star because I did it without a clamp. The best I could to hold it in place was poking a hole in a piece of cardboard and resting the spring in there. That, coupled with the fact I’m no master soldering by any stretch of the imagination, and you have a messy looking driver