Micro Dark Activated Switch

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Introduction: Micro Dark Activated Switch

About: Worked in electronics for 15 years. The soldering iron is mightier than the pen! ✍

At just 10mm x 10mm, this is quite possibly one of the smallest light sensitive switches you will ever find!
At last, a great replacement for LDR circuits.
Welcome to the future!!!

Step 1: You Will Need:

Bare PCB
Scalpel
Solder
Flux
Soldering Iron
SMT 81k 0603 resistor
SMT 0603 100n Capacitor
SMT 3904 NPN Transistor (SC-70)
0603 LED
APDS-9005 phototransistor

Step 2: Making the Circuit

I would add that I have been experienced in Electronics for 15 years, so this might not come easy to most hobbyists.

Most components are easy to solder. The phototransistor has 6 pads underneath, and only 2 are actually used in this circuit.
I have used 2 unused pads just to secure the transistor firmly to the circuit, so just etch two pads that are disconnected from the rest of the circuit. Follow the data sheet for the phototransistor if you are unsure.

Step 3: Power and Uses

Really this circuit demonstrates that in the dark, the circuit will light up the LED.
In theory you can use the circuit in parallel with another circuit. Just replace the LED with the positive and negative connections.
Experiment with power. It runs from 3v and the very maximum the phototransistor will handle is 6v.
Be careful when using USB power, add a resistor to safe guard from damaging components with too many milliamps. Check all maximum ratings from the datasheets of the components.

GOOD LUCK!

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    Seems you use two resistors. One from + to the base of the transistor and one from - to the emitter of the phototransistor

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    0hm 0201 because I cut the track accidently!