# Flow of electrons

I feel like this is an extremely stupid question, but I am not from electronics! In diagrams, they use conventional current. If I were to make this circuit in real life connecting battery + with diode + with lightbulb +, does this mean electrons flow through the lightbulb first then the diode?

• Conventional current direction is directly opposite to electron current direction.
– jonk
Oct 26, 2018 at 3:28
• So to create this circuit in real life, i would connect the negative of battery to negative of diode since the electrons flow from -terminal of battery? Oct 26, 2018 at 3:40
• At this level, just pay attention to the flow of current and don't confuse yourself with electrons. Conventional current flows through a diode in the direction of the arrow, so the circuit you've drawn on the left will conduct. Oct 26, 2018 at 3:45
• @zenarthra Read this NASA page on Ben Franklin to get an idea why we are today "stuck" using conventional current notation. That may help. Either way, it's just about being consistent. You could decide you want to always "work upstream" and think in terms of electron flow. But then no one else would understand you nearly as well. So it is better if you just go with the flow (bad pun, I know.)
– jonk
Oct 26, 2018 at 4:16
• Oct 26, 2018 at 5:30