Sunday, April 29, 2012

4017 LED Knight Rider Running Light Circuit Diagram

In this  4017 Knight Rider circuit, the 555 timer is wired as an oscillator. It can be adjusted to give the desired speed for the display. The output of the 555 is directly connected to the input of a Johnson Counter (CD 4017).
 The input of the counter is called the CLOCK line. The 10 outputs become active, one at a time, on the rising edge of the waveform from the 555. Each output can deliver about 20mA but a LED should not be connected to the output without a current-limiting resistor (220Ω in the circuit above).

The first 6 outputs of the chip are connected directly to the 6 LEDs and these “move” across the display. The next 4 outputs move the effect in the opposite direction and the cycle repeats. The animation above shows how the effect appears on the display. Using six LEDs, the display can be placed in the front of a model car to give a very realistic effect. The outputs can be taken to driver transistors to produce a larger version of the display.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Mobile Incoming Call Indicator Circuit Diagram

This circuit can be used to escape from the nuisance of mobile phone rings when you are at home. This circuit will give a visual indication if placed near a mobile phone even if the ringer is deactivated.

When a call is coming to the mobile phone, the transmitter inside it becomes activated. The  frequency of the transmitter is around 900MHz.The  coil L1 picks up these oscillations by induction and feds it to the base of Q1. This makes the transistor Q1 activated.Since the Collector of Q1 is connected to the pin 2 of IC1 (NE555) , the IC1 is triggered to make the LED connected at  its output pin (pin 3) to blink. The blinking of the LED is the indication of incoming call.
  •    The coil L1 can be made by making 150 turns of 36 SWG enameled copper wire on a 5mm dia   plastic former.Or you can purchase a 10 uH coil from shop if available.
  •     The circuit can be powered from a 6V battery.
  •     Assemble the circuit on a good quality PCB.
  •     C1 & C3 are to be polyester  capacitors.
  •     The electrolytic capacitor C2 must be rated 10V.