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# Timing circuit

Hey all, I'm thinking of building a timing circuit using a momentary switch that will start a circuit (a couple LEDs) and time out after 12 to 15 seconds.   I'd rather not use a microcontroller for such a small project and have some ideas of implementation but am looking for some feedback.  Does anybody have any good ideas of how to do this on the cheap?

Thanks, Rob

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Apr 18, 2014 8:01 PM (in response to boborrob)
Timing circuit

You are in luck, I just finished buildin this project for my grandson. I just used an analog comparator to compare a capacitor charging through a series resistor to tthe center of two resistors in series. Made the little fella's eyes light up! The LED was on the output of the comparator. I hope this works.for you.

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Apr 20, 2014 10:32 PM (in response to boborrob)
Timing circuit

Google -- 555 timer circuits and you'll find no shortage of ciruits like this you can make with bascially a few parts, 555 timer, electrolytic cap, var resistor, and your 2 LED's, if you want to run more than a couple low power leds you can toss in a 2N2222 transistor drive some bright ones. You might check our quickkits or JamesCo or ElectronicGoldMine hobby kits, you can get a kit with the pcb for a few bucks, probably cheaper than you can by the parts for.

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Apr 21, 2014 9:47 AM (in response to boborrob)
Couple Easy Timers

Here is a simple 2 LED flasher: (You can swap the 220k resistor for a pot and make the flash rate adjustable.)

Here is a very simple 555 flasher circuit and you can use the table below it to get your frequency and part values: (This will work from 3 - 12VDC)

 555 astable frequencies C1 R2 = 10kR1 = 1k R2 = 100kR1 = 10k R2 = 1MR1 = 100k 0.001µF 68kHz 6.8kHz 680Hz 0.01µF 6.8kHz 680Hz 68Hz 0.1µF 680Hz 68Hz 6.8Hz 1µF 68Hz 6.8Hz 0.68Hz 10µF 6.8Hz 0.68Hz(41 per min.) 0.068Hz(4 per min.)
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Apr 21, 2014 12:08 PM (in response to boborrob)
Couple Easy Timers

Use a LMC555 and the circuit of Fig. 5 at www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/lmc555.pdf for a single pulse each time the switch is pressed (monostable operation). Be sure to connect the reset pin to the + power supply. The trigger input also needs a pullup resistor to the + supply, and the switch should take the trigger input to ground. If the switch might be held down longer than the output pulse, you will need to couple the switch through a capacitor and provide another resistor to discharge the capacitor when the switch is released. A LMC555 is better than the older LM555 because the LMC555 has an output that is essentially rail-to-rail. A square wave oscillator (astable operation) with a LMC555 is simpler than shown in Fig. 8. of the TI document. All  it takes is one resistor from the output to the threshold and trigger inputs, tied together, and a capacitor from this point to ground. The discharge input is not connected to anything.

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