Hi Everybody
In my first Instructable I want to show you how to build an cheap and easy Doorbell to Arduino 'Interface' so you can let your Arduinoproject get triggered through it or simply use your Arduino as a bell.

Almost endless possibilities :D

Step 1: What You Need...

Here's what you'll need, its not that much...^^

First of all you need the 'heart' of the interface, the relay.
-My Doorbell has 12V DC so I used a FTR F1CA012V which is a 'Double Pole Single Throw'-relay but you can use 'Normally-open' or 'Change-over'-relays as well.

You also need:

1x 100k Ohm Resistor

1x small 3 port luster terminal

some bell wire

about 20cm control wire cable

shrink tubes to isolate the contacts and protect the 'Interface'

soldering tools

Thats it!
You forgot the diode. You MUST put a diode in parallel to the relay, elsewhere a current flows backwards when the relay is going off, which can damage the arduino!!!
Thanks for your response :)<br>Do you mean that current will flow from the GND to the Arduino I/O pin if there's a positiv current on GND and the relay 'off' respectively if there's a higher current on GND as on Vcc it will flow into Vcc?!<br>I thought about it too but it wasn't treated yet :( Doesn't the pull up resistor do the job?<br>What diode do you prefer?<br>MFG
Almost any standard diode should work. I tend to use 1N1004s, because it have them lying around. You should put it backward across the relay. This way, when the relay turns off, the positive voltage spike on gnd is shorted back to other sided of the relayy coil. Here is a schematic of this: http://www.rentron.com/images/rely-drv.gif
Ok, now I think I got it xD<br>You both mean a &quot;flyback diode&quot; to protect the relay coil-circuit (not the Arduino) from voltage spikes...<br>Yeah, I really should fix it.<br>Thanks for giving me food for thought :)<br>MFG
no need of any programm for arduino?
Well,.... what?!<br>Of cause you need to programm your arduino^^<br>But there's no need for a special progamm or library to use your D2A-'Interface' with, use it just like a normal pushbutton.<br>Everyone who is in arduino should know how to use a pushbutton...<br>MFG <br>

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