Flashing LED Using an Astable 555
This project will use the 555 timer IC to flash an LED with the eventual aim of using the timer to provide a regular timing pulse.
Use the 555 timer to flash an LED with a period of 1 second.
The timer being used is a standard NE555N timer. This is a cheap general purpose timer circuit and has been around for many years. In fact I remember using them when I first became interested in electronics at school.
The circuit for setting this chip up in astable mode is as follows:
So along with the chip itself we will need 3 resistors, 2 capacitors and an LED. Thye values of R1, R2 and C1 determine the frequency of the pulses according to the following equation:
A frequency of 1 Hz was chosen to make the pulses clearly visible to the observer. A little reordering of the equation and a sift through some standard components gave the following values for these components:
|R2||2 KOhms (two 1 KOhm resistors in series)|
|C1||470 micro Farad|
Putting it all together
Gathering all of the components together along with some breadboard gave a LED flashing at approximately 1 Hz. I say approximately as I’ll need to feed that output through a logic analyser / oscilloscope to verify the exact frequency.Electronics • RSS 2.0 feed Both comments and pings are currently closed.