This is a circuit for a street light. When the natural light is bright, the LED is switched off. When it dims, the LED comes on. It is cool to look at!

It is simple to build. It is also pretty cheap since it uses no ICs. Also, the circuits consumes almost no power when the LED is off so it is pretty efficient.

Step 1: Circuit Diagram

This is the diagram of the circuit we are going to build

Step 2: Collect All the Parts

Collect all the parts required for the circuit as per the diagram in the previous step. All of these should be available from any electronics supply store. Match the colour bands in the registers carefully.

Here are the parts:

Bread board (I have connected the top row for Power and bottom row for Ground using the small red and black wires)

LDR (Light Dependent Register)

BC 548 transistor

Registers - 15K Ohm & 1K Ohm


connecting wire - one small piece

6V battery in a battery box with snapper to connect it to the bread board

Step 3: Insert the Transistor

Insert the transistor on the bread board. It is a general NPN transistor. I have used BC548 which is commonly available.

Note the positions of the Emitter, Base and Collector leads. I have inserted Emitter lead one row ahead of Base and Collector leads to easily identify it later

Step 4: Connect the LDR

Connect the LDR between Base and Emitter leads of the transistor.

Step 5: Connect the 15K Register

Connect the 15K register from base of the transistor to the power line

Step 6: Connect the LED

Connect the negative lead (shorter lead) to collector of the transistor

Step 7: Connect the 1K Register

Connect the 1K Ohm register between positive lead of the LED and the positive power line.

Step 8: Connect Emitter to Ground

Connect Emitter lead of the transistor to ground line using a small connecting wire

Step 9: Connect the Batteries

The circuit is now done.

Connect the positive terminal of the battery to upper line (see red wire) of bread board and negative terminal to lower line (see black wire in the photo)

Step 10: See It in Action!

The LED will be switched off normally but when you darken the room, it will glow. I have used white LED which glows very brightly.

The circuit is also sensitive to amount of darkness. You can see that the LED brightness will increase when darkness in the room increases. Look at the video where I am slowly drawing and opening the curtains.

<p>Well done Instructable. Clear and understandable procedures and parts <br>required, images tell nicely. End result doesn't have to be an <br>extraordinary build, but if explained intelligently and with enough <br>detail, it ranks as a good one.</p>
Thanks for the encouragement!
beautiful :-)

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