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LED chaser

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Based on CD4017 this fun circuit works for a line of six LED in bidirectional sequence. Unlike many similar circuits, this uses the negative signal of each output. In other words a dark LED runs back and forth.
As you can see on the circuit schematic, each middle LED is controlled by two outputs. If these are both low (so they put out the negative signal) the central pin of the transistor is supplied with a resistance of 23,5K(due to the diodes the current does not flow through the low resistances).
When one output takes the high level the central pin of the transistor is bypassed by the low resistance connected to that output.
So the transistor collector turns off and the LED becomes dark.
In the video the circuit works at the maximum speed, but you can make it faster by using a smaller capacitor. 
amitra35 months ago

i found this schematic for an audio controlled led chaser. can you please tell me if it's correct or not because i made it and it isn't working as of yet. please help!!

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HomuraRun1 year ago
I love this. It's hard to find projects like this. I commend you for this project of awesomeness.
I had something pretty close to this already in LTSpiceIV, so I modeled this for fun. It works, and you can play around with it until your hearts content.

SCREENSHOT
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LTSpiceIV FILES
http://fightcube.com/555_Inverse_Larson_Scanner_(FightCube.com).zip