Raspberry talking to the relay

A project log for Sous Vide cooker and more

A sous vide cooker built from a Raspberry Pi with Adafruit LCD and code generated from a state machine.

Richard DeiningerRichard Deininger 04/30/2015 at 10:480 Comments

Since the Raspberry GPIO only support 3.3V and the Sainsmart relay module need 5V to switch the relay I used a ULN2803A and an external power supply (the same I use to power the Raspberry PI, since it supports more then enough amps) to operate the optical switches and protect the Raspberries GPIO.

To run a test on the whole thing I put together a small Python script.

Python Script:
import RPi.GPIO as gpio
import time
# peter ports = [6,12,13,19,16,26,20,21]

# port list 
#	GPIO-6  ==> relay 1
#	GPIO-12 ==> relay 2
#	GPIO-13 ==> relay 3
#	GPIO-19 ==> relay 4
#	GPIO-16 ==> relay 5
#	GPIO-26 ==> relay 6
#	GPIO-20 ==> relay 7
#	GPIO-21 ==> relay 8
ports = [6,12,13,19,16,26,20,21]

#set pins to BCM mode

#setup all pins for output
for port in ports:
 gpio.setup(port, gpio.OUT)

#set all pins to high (relay close NO, open NC)
for port in ports:
 gpio.output(port, gpio.HIGH)


#set alls pins to low (relay open NO, close NC)
for port in ports:
	gpio.output(port, gpio.LOW)
# free gpio pins