Extremely Simple Laser Alarm Circuit - a Tutorial Using Only Four Components!

Introduction: Extremely Simple Laser Alarm Circuit - a Tutorial Using Only Four Components!

About: Hi there! My name is Patrick, and I am an electronics engineering technician who works full time as a lab tech, and part time as an electronics engineer/salesman. I own an ebay store, and two websites, which …

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In the past, I've done several laser and light sensor tutorials that were op-amp (Operational amplifier) based. I've always been fond of op-amp based circuits as they are to easy to customize. This circuit is much simpler. All you need is an NPN transistor, a resistor, a light dependent resistor (LDR), and an active 5v buzzer. This video shows you how to build it, and how it works. The video offers a theory lesson, and a lab build. I used a 10k ohm resistor, a 2N2222 NPN transistor, a random LDR (Most will work well with this circuit), and a 5v active buzzer.

I also show you how to employ a 5v regulator at the end of the video. Just in case you want to use a 9v battery to power your circuit. I use a 78L05 5v regulator in the video, but you can just as easily use a 7805.

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I hope that you enjoy the video. Thanks again, everyone! Happy building!

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    Robbie Garren.
    Robbie Garren.

    5 years ago

    If I switch places for the 10K resistor and LDR in the voltage divider, will the circuit only activate when the laser shines on it? Thanks.

    modern man
    modern man

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, great ible. Simple project, very well explained. I dabble in electronics & was looking for a simple, portable, laser tripwire circuit, et voila.