Secure LED Holders

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I'm looking for plastic LED holders that will securely hold 5 mm LEDs in a 1/8" thick wooden control panel without any wiggle on either end of the LEDs. I want to snap the holders/LEDs in place through a hole on the panel and wire the two poles from the panel's underside without having to hold the LED itself.

I got these from All Electronics, but the holders easily pop loose from the hole:

https://www.allelectronics.com/item/hled-4/two-piece-led-clip-for-5mm-t-1-3/4/1.html

I then found these on eBay that look like they'll do the job:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/20Pcs-5mm-...=item36302f0dcf:g:8RgAAOSwAExZmz2-:rk:48:pf:0

Will the eBay example do what I want? If not, please refer me to a style and souce that will.
 
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Greg@mnrr

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The LED's I used on my Control Panels have the holders similar to the ones at AllElectronics. They hold the lamps securely in the holes drilled in the 1/4 inch Lexan plastic which forms the panel face. Maybe a bit of Canopy glue to help hold yours in place.

The 1/8 inch thickness of the panel maybe not be enough to hold the LED trim pieces.

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Greg
 
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I've been using similar LED clips for about 40 years. Some thoughts:
- When mounting in a wood panel, drill holes that are somewhat smaller than than mounting clip so the clip is a very tight press fit in the panel.
- Or, as Greg suggested, glue the clip to the panel, then optionally glue the LED to the clip using a semi-permanent adhesive so the LED can be replaced if necessary.
- Solder the connecting wires to the LED first, then insert the LED into the mounting clip after the wires are attached.

- Jeff
 
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I've been using similar LED clips for about 40 years. Some thoughts:
- When mounting in a wood panel, drill holes that are somewhat smaller than than mounting clip so the clip is a very tight press fit in the panel.
- Or, as Greg suggested, glue the clip to the panel, then optionally glue the LED to the clip using a semi-permanent adhesive so the LED can be replaced if necessary.
- Solder the connecting wires to the LED first, then insert the LED into the mounting clip after the wires are attached.

- Jeff
Jeff,

Similar to this from All Electronics?:

https://www.allelectronics.com/item/hled-4/two-piece-led-clip-for-5mm-t-1-3/4/1.html

Thanks for the suggestions. I've just re-measured the holes in my old panel so that the new ones will also have that tight fit in the new one.
 





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