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Hello Everyone,
Way back in my College Days When i was studying for my HSC exam in 2012, It was the time for me to
submit my Electronics projects .But I was nowhere with the project , as at that time the only thing in my life
was just Study Study and study!!!!! .At that time i had no interest in Electronics and also Computer
programming. Then i was allotted a project by my professor Titled "LIGHT SENSITIVE SWITCH" and this was the
project which actually brought me closer to Electronics.
The project was simple but still very important for me, as it is what has helped me discover my true passion in
life and and , it is after this project that i took up electronics as my Hobby and started going deeper in this
So lets get started up with this SIMPLE But IMPORTANT project which may become instrumental in helping
someone like me discover his/her own passion.


The project as the name suggest is nothing but a switch which is triggered by Light.So lets begin with the basic
working of this "TechProject".
Introduction: The most important part of the above project is a LDR-Light Dependent
Resistor.The LDR is a resistive element Whose resistance decreases with the increase in Intensity of
incident Light.So it can be said that a LDR is a Photoconductive device.So a LDR acts as a sensor to tell
our circuit that the Light in the surrounding is increasing or Decreasing.Then depending on the input
from LDR the remaining circuit does its task ahead

Components and Circuit:

The Circuit for the above project is as follows:

The Circuit has been taken from Visha Electronics Kits ,I have used this circuit to explain because this was the
circuit which i had actually made as my project.
The Basic components are:

IC 555:
If you are
new to electronics then remember that in your starting years this IC will be very important for you ,because it
has so many applications that you will actually fall in love with this IC as i had years ago.It is 8 pin IC in DIP
package(A package is basically the shape of the IC DIP-dual inline package is the most useful for beginners and
then you can go ahead with much complex ICs with SSOP,SOIC etc packages.).IC 555 is generally used in two
modes Monostable and Astable mode in above Circuit we will be using the IC in monostable mode. In monostable
mode whenever the voltage at pin 2(Trigger) falls below Vcc/3 then the output of the IC pin 3 Goes HIGH for a
time period decided by the RC circuit values.In above circuit the values of R1,R2 and C1 determine the time
period But if the Pin 2 is kept below Vcc/3 then the Output remains HIGH irrespective of RC Circuit values.
It is a Electromagnetic switch.It gets actuated when given a Electrical Signal.It looks small but is the most important and
most widely used element in most of the circuits today.It works Similar to our old bells.It has a arm which is

said to be in NC(Normally open position) when unexcited, and a coil which when energized forms a
electromagnet and attracts the arm towards it ,the arm is now said to be in NO(Normally open position).The
following animation explains it aptly.

LAMP: We will be using a Lamp in our circuit as a load to indicate the switching action of the LDR

3. Working:
Under normal conditions when the LDR is present in daylight it has a low resistance and the value
of R1 is so adjusted that voltage across LDR is less than VCC/3 thus the 555 is triggered and the output pin3 goes
HIGH.When a intruder comes in and its shadow falls on the LDR or if the Daylight fades than the resistance of
LDR increases and thus voltage across it goes above Vcc/3 and thus the output goes low now the output will
remain low unless the Daylight intensity increases again.
When the Output is High the Diode is forward biased and the relay is not Triggered and thus lamp remains
off When the output goes Low the relay coil is Energized and thus the relay arm is attracted to NO position thus
completing the circuit and hence the lamp glows.
4. Specifications and Cautions:
The general relay rating is 230V and 3/6A so see to it you don't exceed any one of the above limit
while trying to modify the circuit.

Keep the lamp away from the LDR or it may itself trigger the LDR.

If possible you can use a transformer and a Bridge rectifier circuit to obtain a 12 V Dc would
be more interesting,I did the same instead of using a battery to trigger the relay.
5. Materials:

R1-pot of 1Mohm








IC 555






Diode(IN4007 preferred)


12 or 9 V battery to trigger the relay(a 9V transistor battery will work)

6. Applications:

To detect the Intensity of light in the surrounding and provide automatic lighting system.
To detect the presence of a intruder when the shadow falls on the circuit.