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March 10, 2010 AT 6:29 pm

DIY LEDs @ Popular Science

Greymatter Led 1
Greymatter Led 2
DIY LEDs @ Popular Science

The first light-emitting diodes went on sale in 1962, and you could have any kind you wanted as long as it was dim and red. Green, yellow and orange came next, but blue LEDs didn’t debut until 1989. So it may surprise you that the first LEDs, discovered in 1907, included blue—and were made of sandpaper.

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