Mega Powerful Flashy Beeper Module

Banks of LEDs and high power sounders can be activated by means of low power micro controller

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Whilst single LEDs may be sufficient for small 'indoor' projects, machines in noisy factories or 'outdoors' may require more intense visual and sound actuators for communication with their human masters.
This device uses a 'Push-Pull' chip (see components section) to effectively beef up the ampage available to the LEDs / sounders. Trying to run 8 LEDs from one MCU pin will burn out the circuit!
The PCBs are reversible so one side can be used for the LEDs and the other for sounders. I joined the two PCBs together with cable ties in the photo.
Video coming very soon!

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There are 8 available channels and on the front of the PCB are 8 banks of 8 1206 SMT LEDs and on the back are 8 surface mount 97 dB sounder / buzzers:

Will the buzzers be able to compete with the noise of my 90 dB petrol motor? Will the LEDs be able to out shine the glare of the sun?

LED Driver 01.pcb

opens with 'Design Spark' software.

pcb - 158.50 kB - 04/02/2018 at 09:14


LED Driver

Gerber files for PCB manufacture.

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  • Testing the Module

    Capt. Flatus O'Flaherty ☠04/14/2018 at 07:54 0 comments

    The module was tested in a very noisy environment - a small workshop with a 90 dB petrol engine running inside. The beepers were far louder than the engine and their rated power of 97 dB seemed accurate. The banks of LEDs were literally dazzling and the whole thing soon became extremely annoying!!

  • PCBs Arrived and Populated

    Capt. Flatus O'Flaherty ☠04/13/2018 at 07:11 0 comments

    The PCBs arrived super quickly from .... Cost $2.5 plus postage and are super good quality - no problems with silkscreen as with other suppliers.

    The PCBs are reversible, with LEDs on one side and sounders on the other, the idea being to join them together as shown above. The lower PCB has 4 sounders on the RHS and the 10 pin driver chips are hidden on the other side.

    Whilst the LEDs could be hand soldered fairly easily with a hot air gun, the sounder casings tended to melt so a reflux oven would have been more appropriate although I ended up using solder paste and soldering iron.

    A bit of trial and error selecting the correct resistors for the banks of LEDs. Red and green required 100 ohms and the others about 40 ohms (see instructions section).

    The whole PCB works really well and nothing gets too hot and the LED banks are incredibly bright! Watch this space for a video update with the device on an actual machine - the WEEDINATOR - where the sounders need to compete with the noise of a 90 dB petrol motor.

  • PCB manufacture

    Capt. Flatus O'Flaherty ☠04/03/2018 at 16:16 0 comments

    Gerber files sent to .... waiting patiently for boards to come back to produce some serious light and noise!

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    LED resistors

    Blue 466-4052 uses 7 ohm resistor

    Red 860-8946 uses 100 ohm resistor
    Yellow 860-8955 uses 33 ohm resistor
    Green 872-1847 uses 100 ohm resistor

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