Introduction: Protect Your Home With Laserbeams!

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Here is an easy to make and powerful laser alarm system that can protect your entire home, indoors or out! My inspiration for this project came from Brad Graham & Kathy McGowan. Watch the video for details and the Test Results. You'll be impressed. I hope you enjoy this Instructable.

Step 1: What You Need...

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1. 2 small project boxes
2. 1 1000uF 35v Capacitor
3. 1 5K Variable Resistor
4. Photocell
5. IC Board
6. 9v battery and clip
7. 1 N3904 Transistor
8. Toggle switch
9. Small mirrors
10. HandiTak
11. 12v DC Piezo Siren - 102dB
12. Aixiz 650nm 5mw 12X30mm laser
13. Aixiz 3.2v AC Adapter

Step 2: Build the Circuit

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Build the circuit based on the diagram. I cut my IC board with a dremel to make it smaller so there was enough room in the box along with the 9 v battery.

Step 3: Install It...

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Install the circuit board and the 9v battery in the hobby box. Line up the photocell at the hole and hot glue everything in place. Also, attach the siren and run the wiring inside the box. Finish your solder connections with the siren.

Step 4: Build the Laser Housing

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Cut 3 holes in your second hobby box. One for the switch, one for the laser housing and one small one for the wires from the AC Adapter. Run the wires from the AC adapter in the box. Install the swicth and hot glue the laser in place. Wire the positive end of the AC adapter to the red wire from the laser and wire the negative ends of the laser and adapter to the switch.

Step 5: Tweaking...

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Turn on the laser and point it at the photocell box. You will have to adjust the resistor so the photocell is sensitive to the laser pointing at it during the day. At night, when the laserbeam is broken, the siren will sound.

Step 6: Mount the Laser System

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Decide where you want your protection, across what doorways and then decide on where you want the laser to plug in and where you want the photocell box to pick up the laser. I used 1" square mirrors (from an arts and crafts store) and HandiTak to mount the mirrors. You could use a more permanent solution for the mirrors. The idea is to angle all the mirrors to the next wall across where you want protection and then have it end up pointing at the photocell.

Step 7: Protection ON

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Now when it gets dark and the laserbeam is broken, the LOUD 102dB siren will wail! Hope you enjoy this Instructable!

Comments

fmitchell2 (author)2013-11-02

Does the siren make a loud enough sound! We would like to eventually uses it for a laser game. please help.

fmitchell2 (author)2013-11-02

It would be great if some one could create a demo on youtube displaying the actual project. like step by step. My son and I would like to make this project for the children at my job. Boys and Girls Club and it appears very difficult. Or if someone could walk me through it with baby steps. please need this project before monday
Also where can i find the materials? It would be nice to shope at one store. someone please help.

ivkeilic (author)2013-01-31

This a correct schematic
https://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/FPH/EPRP/HCJO37SL/FPHEPRPHCJO37SL.THUMB.jpg

ivkeilic (author)2013-01-31

I think this is right.

ivkeilic (author)ivkeilic2013-01-31

https://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/FE6/Y1WU/HCJO4QKS/FE6Y1WUHCJO4QKS.THUMB.jpg

sjumper007 (author)2009-05-05

hope this makes this diagram easier to understand

SammyJ265 (author)sjumper0072009-05-16

There's still 3 connections to the 9v battery. I'm confused. :s

DadhieMJ (author)SammyJ2652012-10-30

just tap them all in one. :) see voltage divider :)

Raqeeb (author)sjumper0072010-06-23

where to connect the positive and negative in the battery

dasimpson1981 (author)2010-09-25

this is the correct skematic just swap the led for a realy or buzzer

if you wont the circuit to detect darkness instead swap the ldr and variable resistor places

Which transistor (Q1) I should use?

Which transistor (Q1) I should use?

hi, your skematic works well with led or buzzer for example but doesent activate relay for some reason, somebody noted that its AC and for that the realy doesent work. i tried to convert it to DC with four diods but this didnt help either. can somebody please help ?

have you checked to see if the realy can be triggerd on 9 volts

works fine with 9 volts, actually works even from 5 volts

this was the other circuit i found

oh, i just tested out this skematic and it worked fine :), used 5k ohm pot and 2n3904 transistor, thanks alot for that

no problem always glad to help

ok also wat current is used to hold the really open maybe the electro magnet needs more current then the transistor can supply

this might be the problem, it says 1A on it but i dont know if its min or max current for this relay to be functional

pep2798 (author)2012-01-03

it all works but is backwards like when i shine light on photocell it makes the buzzer louder please help me

manikantak136 (author)2011-12-17

sir,
iam interested in making laser security system,so can u please send
me the steps and the things to use in making it.please send it to my
email (manikantak136@gmail.com)
thankyou.....!

amioten1 (author)2011-09-30

is it possible to instead use an indicator light instead of a speaker

sputhran (author)amioten12011-11-30

but it then if ur far from the machine i can u know that intruder came

lazarzoltan (author)2011-04-07

from where can i get the photocell peoples?????

amioten1 (author)lazarzoltan2011-09-30

buy it from e-bay

nporter2 (author)2011-09-21

hi

could someone please post a schematic for a 12v dc 1A power supply to 4.5v 45mA laser with a 'normally closed' output on it.

cheers

lazarzoltan (author)2011-09-01

Hell!
I can use other transistor?

pizza1993 (author)2011-07-15

Hello everyone!I just want to built a similar protect system but i face off some difficulties.I built this (http://lookfwd.doit4me.gr/ge99149/electronics/alarm/alarm.gif) circuit for laser receiver and this siren(http://www.eleccircuit.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/asiren.png) but when the beam look the laser diode the output is 1.36v and when the beam is interrupted the output goes to 3v which isnt enough to drive the 12v siren.
Any Idea?

Thank you in advance!

dasimpson1981 (author)2010-09-25

a normal realy wouldent stay on you would need a latching realy that keeps the realy on when triggerd

maremil143 (author)dasimpson19812011-06-29

I mean , CAN i ask you.. for the circuit diagram or connection
of all the given..?

dasimpson1981 (author)maremil1432011-06-29

hope this helps

maremil143 (author)dasimpson19812011-06-29

PROTECT YOUR HOME WITH LASER !
that's the title MR. DASIMPSON
TNX..

maremil143 (author)dasimpson19812011-06-29

Ahh MR. DASIMPSON1981.... CAN i ask you.. for the circuit diagram or connection
of the given..? i saw that on youtube..

maremil143 (author)2011-06-29

Ahh MR. DASIMPSON1981.... CAN i ask you.. for the circuit diagram or connection
of the given..? i saw that on youtube..

maremil143 (author)2011-06-29

PROTECT YOUR HOME WITH LASER !
that's the title MR. DASIMPSON
TNX..

abalachandran (author)2011-05-09

My brother says the circuit is wrong, is he wright and if he is can someone send me wright circuit plzzzzzzzz . This is my email amruthj10@gmail.com.

umar abbas (author)2011-05-06

hey can i use this variable resistor....

umar abbas (author)2011-05-01

plz help me ....... when i connect the circuit it didn't works .... i change my materials two time still its not working ... also i make it on printed circuit board but still not working ... hope for any help

engineer mohammed saber (author)2011-04-23

this is the correct skematic just swap the led for a realy or buzzer

if you wont the circuit to detect darkness instead swap the ldr and variable resistor places

xqw (author)2011-04-04

plz tell how cn v adjst the resistor

loganemacf (author)2011-04-03

For a MUCH better schematic, check out cinnamon424's video on youtube!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejdgshO0k8g

bo0mbo0mpao (author)2009-11-06

what is that BLUE thingy at the back of the photocell? the rectangular one? what is that?

akinich (author)bo0mbo0mpao2009-11-27

that is the variable resistor

TheWaddleWaaddle (author)akinich2011-03-13

YES IT IS!!!!

hasow (author)2010-02-14

Hi people, I have tried to make the circuit but it doesn't work i'm not that good witch schematics, can someone help me please. i have linked all the parts like this:

EngineeringShock (author)hasow2011-03-11

The Schematic makes no sense. It is suggesting that there is always 9v tied to the base of the transistor. This will not only hurt the transistor, as there is no protective resistor, bit it renders the entire photo resistor divider circuit useless.

lazarzoltan (author)hasow2011-02-06

is no good

hasow (author)lazarzoltan2011-02-06

Can you help me do it good?

lazarzoltan (author)hasow2011-02-08

i dont can because dont found a good
sorry

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