Ever wondered what's inside a LED?
Gone are the days when LEDs were just used as replacements
for dial lamps and indicators.
I remember (probably back in the early ’70s) when a
then-much-younger Dick Smith used to advertise what was a pretty pedestrian
multi-band radio receiver with, wait for it, a "LED Lamp Indicator" which moved
up and down the dial as you tuned it. Wow! (Of course he sold thousands!).
That was only about a decade after LEDs were first commercially
produced. Even then, they were still relatively expensive and were rather dim by
today’s standards. LEDs have certainly come a long way, even in those thirty-ish
years. But let’s go back even further and have a look at where LEDs came