Time-Controlled Switch Using PIC16F72

A time controlled switch is an automatic timer switch that turns an appliance ‘on’ for the desired time duration. After the preset time duration, the timer automatically switches off, disconnecting the appliance from the power supply. The time duration for which the appliance should be ‘on’ can be set from 1 to 99 minutes. This switch obviates the need to continuously monitor the appliance—an advantage over ...

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Lowest power magnetic switch uses nanoamps

Crocus Technology is a developer of ‘exotic’ magnetic technologies – spin electronics and Tunneling MagnetoResistance (TMR) – for devices such as magnetic sensors, where its technologies can offer greatly increased sensitivity for very low power usage. The company is introducing its CT832 Digital Magnetic Switch, in the CT83X series, a multi- function switching device with high sensitivity, reliability and ...

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Programmable relay switch using PIC MCU (revised version)

Programmable relays are key elements in numerous automation applications such as automatic street light control, watering and pump control, HVAC, home automation, power plants automation in industries, etc. This article describes a DIY programmable relay switch using PIC16F1847 (PIC16F628A can also be used) microcontroller. It is a revised version of my previous PIC-based relay timer project with added feat ...

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Dark Sensitive Switch – LED Light

Dark activated LED light is a simple project which operates a LED when the light falling on the LDR goes below a set point.  The circuit is built using LM393 comparator, LDR as light sensor, preset (potentiometer) for sensitivity adjustment, transistor to drive the LED. The project can also be considered for use in energy saving application. Features Input – 12 V @ 1A LED 12V 500mA Maximum (6W) Onboard Pres ...

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Latching power switch uses momentary-action pushbutton

Most inexpensive pushbutton switches, particularly pc-board-mounting and membrane types, have momentary action. Latching types are often larger and relatively expensive, and they frequently are unavailable in the style you'd like to use. You can thus have a problem if you need a small, inexpensive on/off switch for latching power to a load. The circuit in Figure 1 shows how you can use a simple, momentary-a ...

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Programmable relay switch using PIC MCU (revised version)

Programmable relays are key elements in numerous automation applications such as automatic street light control, watering and pump control, HVAC, home automation, power plants automation in industries, etc. This article describes a DIY programmable relay switch using PIC16F1847 (PIC16F628A can also be used) microcontroller. It is a revised version of my previous PIC-based relay timer project with added feat ...

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IR On/Off Switch Using Microcontroller

Turn ON or OFF electrical devices using remote control is not a new idea and you can find so many different devices doing that very well. For realization of this type of device, you must make a receiver, a transmitter and understand their way of communication. Here you will have a chance to make that device, but you will need to make only the receiver, because your transmitter will be the remote controller ...

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Using Transistor as a Switch

Most of microcontrollers work within 5 volt environment and the I/O port can only handle current up to 20mA; therefore if we want to attach the microcontroller’s I/O port to different voltage level circuit or to drive devices with more than 20mA; we need to use the interface circuit. One of the popular method is to use the Bipolar Junction Transistor (BJT) or we just called it transistor in this tutorial. I ...

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Microcontroller Clapper Switch

Introduction I always thought the clapper so cool. For those who are lazy like me, turn on or off the bedroom light without getting out of bed, simple clap your hands is amazing. Thinking about it I projected one for me. Several projects of clappers can be found on the Internet, and most of them do not use microcontroller. I chose to use a micro planning future updates, such as turn on or off the light with ...

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Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS) Topologies (Part I)

he industry drive toward smaller, lighter and more efficient electronics has led to the development of the Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS). There are several topologies commonly used to implement SMPS. This application note, which is the first of a two-part series, explains the basics of different SMPS topologies. Applications of different topologies and their pros and cons are also discussed in detail. Thi ...

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