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Police Siren

555 timer ICs,
• 2.2K
• 2.2K
• Variable resistors:
• 0.01uF
• 47uF
• 0.1uF
• 1uF/15V
ON/OFF Switch
Speaker 8ohm/0.5Watt

Production of police siren


1. It makes use of two 555 timer ICs used as astable multivibrators.

The frequency is controlled by the pin 5 of the IC.
2. The first IC (left) is wired to work around 1Hz. The 47uF capacitor
is charged and discharged periodically and the voltage across it
gradually increases and decreases periodically.
3. This varying voltage modulates the frequency of the 2nd IC. This
process repeats and what you hear is the sound remarkably
similar to the police siren.

4. Two presets VR1 and VR2 are provided to vary the siren period of
repetition and the tone of the siren.
5. By varying VR1 you can set how fast the siren changes from high
freq. to low freq.
6. VR2 sets the siren frequency. Adjust VR1 and VR2 to suit your
Diagrammatical representation of the circuit


1. It has many applications in every daily life.

2. Emergency situations.
3. As a traffic siren.

Precautions :
1. ICs should be handled carefully.
2. Bipolar capacitors should be properly placed in the circuit.
3. Voltage supply must be in the range of 5V and 15V.
4. Variable resistors should function properly as amplitude of siren
depend on its variation.
5. Wiring should not be loose.