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Photo cell (CdS photoresistor)

SKU: ADA161

$1.50 AUD, inc GST

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Photo cell (CdS photoresistor)
1.5 AUD

SKU: ADA161

$1.50 AUD, inc GST
100 units ship in 4 to 6 days (delivered by Mon, 30th of Jan)
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CdS cells are little light sensors. As the squiggly face is exposed to more light, the resistance goes down. When its light, the resistance is about 5-10KΩ, when dark it goes up to 200KΩ.

To use, connect one side of the photo cell (either one, its symmetric) to power (for example 5V) and the other side to your microcontroller's analog input pin. Then connect a 10K pull-down resistor from that analog pin to ground. The voltage on the pin will be 2.5V or higher when its light out and near ground when its dark.

CdS photocells are not RoHS compliant, so if you need something equivalent but RoHS compiant, check out the photo transistor.

For a full tutorial with wiring diagrams, code examples and project ideas, please read the photocell tutorial page!

Technical Details

Dimensions:

  • Length: 4.46mm/0.18in
  • Width: 5mm/0.20in
  • Height: 2.09mm/0.08in
  • Weight: 0.25g/0.01oz

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Documentation and Resources:
  • What Are NeoPixel LEDs?
  • So in case you haven’t heard yet, digital LEDs are the go-to solution for any project that uses RGB LEDs and you want to avoid the rat's nest that ensures when using multiple RGB LEDs, each colour requiring its own connection. Digital...

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