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May 18, 2014 8:25 PM

Blinking LED

I have a very simple R_C_LED project that I'm working on and I need a wave generator at about 2Hz to have the indicator LED  blinking... Can anyone help me with the schematic?

  • LanceLK Journeyman 176 posts since
    Apr 4, 2014
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    May 23, 2014 2:19 AM (in response to Riley)
    blinking LED

    You could use an Arduino board as a source for your wave form. I say this because its a lot easier to manipulate and can be reused again and it's always fun to learn new stuff, assuming you're not familiar with arduino. Also you can easily change the frequency in case you move on to another project, you would just have to re code the Arduino.

    Check this out:


    if you would opt for a simpler circuit, try and check this out, it has a lot of simpler designs and a ot of variations to the design.

  • baycollie Novice 9 posts since
    May 29, 2014
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    May 29, 2014 10:01 PM (in response to Riley)
    Blinking LED - reply

       You can use a NE555 timer for a classic LED blinking circuit. Digikey has a copy of the datasheet online, Search for the timer and the datasheet is linked on the product description page. The 555 timer is readily available at Radio Shack as well. Wire it as an astable multivibrator and connect the LED to pin 3 through a 330 ohm or so resistor to protect the LED, (if running the timer at around 5 volts). The circuit will also require resistors and capacitor for the RC timing network. The datasheet will have a schematic for astable mode and formulas to help select RC values for 2 Hz output. Pay attention to the formulas for time the output is high and time the output is low. Using the right resistor values for the 2 timing resistors (one significantly higher resistance than the other)  can get the output closer to a square wave which should be preferable for the visual blink of the LED.

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