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Xenon Lamp Circuits
Last Updated on: Sunday, May 24, 2015 05:16 AM

Circuits Designed by Dave Johnson, P.E. :
  •  9v Powered Xenon Photoflash Controller -  This 9v battery powered circuit is designed for remote control flash needs. A charge control circuit turns off the high voltage generator when the photoflash capacitor is fully charged. A neon lamp is included to indicate when the system is ready to flash . . . [Circuit by David Johnson P.E.,  06/03/00]

  • Amplifier for a Xenon Lamp Flash Detector  -  This circuit uses a small 2. 5mm square photo diode in conjunction with a 100mH coil to detect the short light flashes from a xenon lamp. The coil makes the circuit immune to normal room lights. Its 10mv sensitivity can detect light flashes from a range . . . [Circuit by David Johnson P.E.,  02/15/02]

  • Controller for a 9v Powered Xenon Photoflash -  This 9v battery powered circuit is designed for remote control flash needs. A charge control circuit turns off the high voltage generator when the photoflash capacitor is fully charged. A neon lamp is included to indicate when the system is ready to flash . . . [Hobby Circuit designed by David Johnson P.E.,  06/03/00]

  • Detect Short Xenon Lamp Flashes -  This circuit uses a small 2. 5mm square photo diode in conjunction with a 100mH coil to detect the short light flashes from a xenon lamp. The coil makes the circuit immune to normal room lights. Its 10mv sensitivity can detect light flashes from a range of over 100 feet.  . . . [Hobby Circuit designed by David A. Johnson P.E.,  02/15/02]

  • Detects Xenon Lamp Flash -  This circuit has a very low standby current requirement yet has very high sensitivity toward the light flashes from a xenon lamp. When connected to a flip/flop it can serve as an on on/off Controller . . . [Hobby Circuit designed by David A. Johnson P.E.,  12/18/04]

  • Line-Powered Xenon Flash Transmitter -  This line powered xenon flash circuit drives a small camera type flash tube. It has an optical isolator to allow the flash to be safely triggered from some remote device. A flash rate of 2Hz is possible with the circuit . . . [Circuit by Dave Johnson P.E.,  06/03/00]
  • Transmitter for Line Powered Xenon Flash -  This line powered xenon flash circuit drives a small camera type flash tube. It has an optical isolator to allow the flash to be safely triggered from some remote device. A flash rate of 2Hz is possible with the circuit . . . [Hobby Circuit designed by David A. Johnson P.E.,  06/09/00]
  • Xenon Lamp Flash Detector Amplifier -  This circuit has a very low standby current requirement yet has very high sensitivity toward the light flashes from a xenon lamp. When connected to a flip/flop it can serve as an on on/off Controller . . . [Circuit by Dave Johnson P.E.,  12/14/04]
  • Xenon Photoflash Controller -  This 9v battery powered circuit is designed for remote control flash needs. A charge control circuit turns off the high voltage generator when the photoflash capacitor is fully charged. A neon lamp is included to indicate when the system is ready to flash . . . [Circuit by David A. Johnson P.E.,  06/03/00]

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1.5V Touch Activated Switch -  A single 1. 5v silver oxide button cell powers this complete touch activated switch circuit for 5 years. It features both a normally open and a normally closed set of solid-state switch thermals. It also has an adjustable sensitivity, which can be set for a touch capacitance change as small as 1 picofarad.  . . . [Circuit by David A. Johnson P.E.,  01/18/02]

 

12 Volt Strobe Circuit -  Strobes are useful devices for seeing fast moving components freeze or just as lighting effects. Unfortunately for a really good result you need to use a Xenon flash tube which can produce intense brief discharges of light but it needs high trigger voltages - upwards of 4KV! . . .  [Designed and Written by Phil Townshend 2009]

 

12 Volt Strobe, Coil Driven -  This circuit will give provide a Good Strobe Effect for a variety of
Portable Uses. Nominal current draw is "up to about" 1 amp at 12 volts. Depending on value of capacitor on pin 2 of the 555 and the particular choke that is used. The . 01 cap on pin 2 of the 555 may be slightly changed in value to optomize the output drive to the 22 mfd capacitor. . . .  [G.L. Chemelec, designer]

 

12v Touch Switch Exciter Circuit -  This circuit is designed to generate a 20KHz pseudo sine wave signal that can power about 50 remote touch activated switch circuits.   It can support a cable length of about 2500 feet.   A typical remote switch circuit is also shown as well as a receiver circuit for those switches.  . . . [Circuit by David Johnson P.E.,  02/10/02]

 

3 Xenon flashing circuits found in flash for disposable cameras -  You are going to like this project. It costs less than $3. 00, contains six BUILDING BLOCKS, re-cycles a disposable flash camera and you are going to learn a lot about electronics.
Everyone has seen a disposable flash camera. . . .  [email Colin Mitchell: talking AT tpg.com.au]

 

9v Powered Xenon Photoflash Controller -  This 9v battery powered circuit is designed for remote control flash needs. A charge control circuit turns off the high voltage generator when the photoflash capacitor is fully charged. A neon lamp is included to indicate when the system is ready to flash . . . [Circuit by David Johnson P.E.,  06/03/00]

 

A doozy requiring some parts you can't get at the 'Shack. -  You can make a doozy of a xenon strobe using the 12 volt DC in, DC output mercury lamp ballast here at http://www. donklipstein. com/ebdc12. html. You may run into a problem with the flashtube arcing continuously after a flash. If you use an open-collector comparator such as a 339 in the overvoltage sensing section of this circuit, you can wired-AND the comparator output with some sort of scheme to disable the circuit for a few to a few tens of milliseconds after a flash (by "pulling down" Pin 5 of the 555). . . .  [Don K Lipstein]

 

A mad idea for a blacklight strobe -  CAUTION - May be both hard on your eyes and a bit disappointing. . .  [Don K Lipstein]

 

A repetitive trigger circuit -  Based on the 555 timer IC, useful for strobe lights. A bit on the 4017 counter IC for multiple flashes and sequences of flashes. . .  [Don K Lipstein]

 

Adjustable Strobe Light -  This Adjustable Strobe Light is the bigger brother of the plain old strobe light. This one uses a much more powerful "horse shoe" Xenon tube which produces more light. You can also control the flash rate up to about 20Hz. Do not look directly at the flash tube when this thing is on!. . .  [Aaron Cook's design]

 

Amplifier for a Xenon Lamp Flash Detector  -  This circuit uses a small 2. 5mm square photo diode in conjunction with a 100mH coil to detect the short light flashes from a xenon lamp. The coil makes the circuit immune to normal room lights. Its 10mv sensitivity can detect light flashes from a range . . . [Circuit by David Johnson P.E.,  02/15/02]

 

Beat Tracking Strobe -  Strobe lights have always been an integral part of dance parties, adding an additional element of excitement to the festivities on hand. The combination of flashing lights and music-especially those with a definitive strong beat- are a natural complement to one another, where the strobing of light is an extension and links one's aural perception to his visual senses. The applications of strobe lights are numerous. In more involved and comprehensive applications the strobe user would like the strobe to help fuse together the music and light. For our final project we opted to attempt to create such a strobe system appropriate for the more complex application by creating a light strobe system that flashes a light source directly in sync with the music in real time. . .  [by Chris Chan and Kenneth Liu]

 

Capacitance Touch Switch -  A single 1. 5v silver oxide button cell powers this complete touch activated switch circuit for 5 years. It features both a normally open and a normally closed set of solid state switch thermals. It also has an adjustable sensitivity, which can be set . . . [Hobby Circuit designed by David Johnson P.E.,  01/18/02]

 

Controller for a 9v Powered Xenon Photoflash -  This 9v battery powered circuit is designed for remote control flash needs. A charge control circuit turns off the high voltage generator when the photoflash capacitor is fully charged. A neon lamp is included to indicate when the system is ready to flash . . . [Hobby Circuit designed by David Johnson P.E.,  06/03/00]

 

Detect Short Xenon Lamp Flashes -  This circuit uses a small 2. 5mm square photo diode in conjunction with a 100mH coil to detect the short light flashes from a xenon lamp. The coil makes the circuit immune to normal room lights. Its 10mv sensitivity can detect light flashes from a range of over 100 feet.  . . . [Hobby Circuit designed by David A. Johnson P.E.,  02/15/02]

 

Detects Xenon Lamp Flash -  This circuit has a very low standby current requirement yet has very high sensitivity toward the light flashes from a xenon lamp. When connected to a flip/flop it can serve as an on on/off Controller . . . [Hobby Circuit designed by David A. Johnson P.E.,  12/18/04]

 

Disco Lights -  software and hardware for controlling disco lights from your PC. . . 

 

Doozy requiring some parts you can't get at the 'Shack. -  You can make a doozy of a xenon strobe using the 12 volt DC in, DC output mercury lamp ballast here at http://www. donklipstein. com/ebdc12. html. You may run into a problem with the flashtube arcing continuously after a flash. If you use an open-collector comparator such as a 339 in the overvoltage sensing section of this circuit, you can wired-AND the comparator output with some sort of scheme to disable the circuit for a few to a few tens of milliseconds after a flash (by "pulling down" Pin 5 of the 555). . . .  [Don K Lipstein]

 

Dual-Color Stroboscope -  This stroboscope circuit produces light pulses in two colors, red and green. Stroboscope is a device used to make a cyclically moving object appear slow-moving or stationary. . . .  [ EFY Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. All rights reserved.]

 

Easy Xenon DC-to-DC Converters! -  . . .  [Don Klipstein's Web Site]

 

Emergency strobe flasher generates 250V -  08/05/99 EDN Design Idea   Figure 1 shows a complete circuit for an emergency lamp that operates from a 12V automotive battery. The xenon flash tube requires a 250V-dc anode voltage and a 4-kV trigger pulse. To generate the 250V dc, IC1, . . .  [by Jose Luis Arce, Tecnosuma Havana, Cuba]

 

Flash Slave Trigger -  Flash slaves are used when you need to supplement1-flash unit with1-or several more. This slave trigger simply triggers those other units. It does this by "seeing" the first flash (using a phototransistor) and triggering the other flashes a few microseconds later. The sensitivity of the circuit is adjustable to compensate for ambient light or dimmer than usual master flashes. . . .  [Circuit designed by Aaron Cake]

 

Flashing Beacon -  . . . 

 

Flashing High Intensity LED 3rd Brake Light -  This circuit to make a flashing 3rd brake light assembly was designed to be easy to locate all the needed components and reasonably in expensive to build. . .  [National Semiconductor]

 

Flashing Indicators -  Need to flash "turn indicators" using a 555 and a single 20 amp relay. Here is our suggestion. The timing resistor needs to be selected for the appropriate flash-rate. . . .  [Name of designer is not given]

 

Hacking the Kodak Max Single Flash Camera into a Self Repeating Strobe -  this approach is recommended mainly for homebrewing a strobe that is powered by a single1. 5 volt battery. If you can use a higher supply voltage, there are better ways to do this. . . .  [Don Klipstein's Web Site]

 

Hacking the Kodak Max Single Use Flash Camera into a Self-Repeating Strobe -  NOTE - this approach is recommended mainly for homebrewing a strobe that is powered by a single 1. 5 volt battery. If you can use a higher supply voltage, there are better ways to do this. . . .  [Written by Don Klipstein]

 

Kodak Max flash unit -  Schematic for the Kodak Max flash unit. . .  [Written by Don Klipstein]

 

LED Strobe -  with high power led's available, their replacement for a xenon tube is viable!. . .  [by P. Townshend - EduTek Ltd]

 

Led Strobe 2 -  this version has been built and tested and is very simple indeed - based on alien project astable!. . .  [by P. Townshend - EduTek Ltd]

 

Line-Powered Xenon Flash Transmitter -  This line powered xenon flash circuit drives a small camera type flash tube. It has an optical isolator to allow the flash to be safely triggered from some remote device. A flash rate of 2Hz is possible with the circuit . . . [Circuit by Dave Johnson P.E.,  06/03/00]

 

Mad idea for a blacklight strobe -  CAUTION - May be both hard on your eyes and a bit disappointing. . .  [Don K Lipstein]

 

Mini Pocket Strobe Circuit -  works from two1. 5-Volt AA batteries, based on modified camera flash unit. . .  [Tomi Engdahl's web]

 

Mini pocket stroboscope -  This circuit is a mini storoscope which you can make so small that it can fit into your pocket. The circuit is not very powerful, but is works out of two small 1. 5V batteries for an hour constantly and maximum flash rate. The flash rate is variable from zero to about 10 Hz. Quite nice small device to have with you in parties to gain attention. . .  [Designed by Tomi Engdahl]

 

Mini Strobe Light using LED -  adjustable for flash rates between40 Hz and166 Hz, based on555 Timer. . .  [Sunamura Kazuhiro]

 

Miniature Strobe Light -  It is a circuit for a strobe light that uses a neon glow lamp with reflector to create an effect of a strobe light. . . .  [ EFY Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. All rights reserved.]

 

Momentary Touch Activated Switch -  A single 1. 5v silver oxide button cell powers this complete touch activated switch circuit for 5 years. It features both a normally open and a normally closed set of solid-state switch thermals. It also has an adjustable sensitivity, which can be set for a touch capacitance change as small as 1 picofarad.  . . . [Hobby Circuit designed by Dave Johnson P.E.,  01/18/02]

 

Opto-isolated logic level trigger for general strobe applications -  Schematic only, no circuit description. . . . 

 

Photo Flash at 1.5 Volts -  This model is very simple and charges as long as you hold the pushbutton. . .  [Reverse engineered schematic by Stepan Novotill]

 

Photo Flash Charger Minimizes Parts Count -  10/22/98 EDN Design Idea   (File has several circuit ideas. Scroll to find this one. )  Photo-flash and strobe devices operate by discharging a high-voltage capacitor into a bulb. Charging the capacitor from a battery or other low-voltage source requires a step-up DC/DC converter to boost the voltage, typically to 300V. One way to generate the high voltage is to use a flyback converter. The circuit in Figure 1 provides a simple and reliable way to charge a high-voltage capacitor. The flyback converter performs two functions. . .  [by Steven Chenetz, Micrel Semiconductor, San Jose, CA]

 

Photoflash Capacitor Charger has Fast Efficient Charging & Low-Battery Drain -  DN303 Design Notes (Linear Technology). . .  [Linear Technology]

 

Photo-flash charger minimizes parts count -  10/22/98 EDN Design Idea   (File has several circuit ideas. Scroll to find this one. )  Photo-flash and strobe devices operate by discharging a high-voltage capacitor into a bulb. Charging the capacitor from a battery or other low-voltage source requires a step-up DC/DC converter to boost the voltage, typically to 300V. One way to generate the high voltage is to use a flyback converter. The circuit in Figure 1 provides a simple and reliable way to charge a high-voltage capacitor. The flyback converter performs two functions. . .  [by Steven Chenetz, Micrel Semiconductor, San Jose, CA]

 

Repetitive trigger circuit -  Based on the 555 timer IC, useful for strobe lights. A bit on the 4017 counter IC for multiple flashes and sequences of flashes. . .  [Don K Lipstein]

 

Slave Flash Trigger Circuit -  . . .  [Don Klipstein's Web Site]

 

Strobe from Flash -  After using a disposable camera, you can build a strobe light (flashing light) with one simple modification. (6/02/2006) . . .  [designed by Jose Pino]

 

Strobe Light -  Disco anyone? Actually, this strobe serves a much more useful purpose then making it look cool when you dance in the dark. You can use it to view fast moving objects, look for craks in PC boards (hold the strobe on the trace side of the board and look from the component side) , and it is a great attention getter in a store window. . .  [Design by Aaron Cake]

 

Strobe Light -  The way that this circuit works is as follows. The AC line voltage is rectified by D1 and D2 which connects to a voltage doubler circuit made up of the two 22uf capacitors. The Flash Freq. Pot and the 10uf capacitor charge up which triggers the Diac and causes the triac to turn on. This allows the trigger transformer T1 to send a very High Voltage. . .  [Circuit by Randy Linscott]

 

Strobe Light -  Designed as a companion to the LX800, can also be used by itself. . .  [Rod Elliott (ESP)]

 

Strobe Light 12 Volt Coil Powered -  This circuit will give provide a Good Strobe Effect for a variety of Portable Uses. . . .  [G.L. Chemelec]

 

Strobex Schematic -  Schematic only for a Variable Intensity Variable Speed Stroboscop, no circuit description given. . . .  [Samuel M. Goldwasser]

 

Strobo Control -  Remote controller for professional lighting system stroboscope, controls the flashing speed. . . .  [Design and copyright by Tomi Engdahl]

 

Stroboscope trigger circuits -  This circuit typically uses a voltage around 300 volts for the main high voltage supply and needs a low voltage supply of typically 6 to 15 volts. . . .  [Written by Don Klipstein]

 

Touch Activated Switch -  This circuit provides about one watt of non-isolated DC power for an automotive type 12v LED array lamp in addition to a standard incandescent table lamp.  . . . [Circuit by David A. Johnson P.E.,  01/18/02]

 

Transmitter for Line Powered Xenon Flash -  This line powered xenon flash circuit drives a small camera type flash tube. It has an optical isolator to allow the flash to be safely triggered from some remote device. A flash rate of 2Hz is possible with the circuit . . . [Hobby Circuit designed by David A. Johnson P.E.,  06/09/00]

 

Xenon DC-to-DC Converters! -  . . .  [Don Klipstein's Web Site]

 

Xenon DC-to-DC Converters! -  . . .  [Don Klipstein's Web Site]

 

Xenon Flash & Strobe Page -  . . .  [Don Klipstein's Web Site]

 

Xenon flash valve -  An experiment of the xenon flash valve. . . .  [The Electronic Lives Manufacturing-presented by Chan]

 

Xenon Flasher -  You are going to like this project. It costs less than $3. 00, contains six BUILDING BLOCKS, re-cycles a disposable flash camera and you are going to learn a lot about electronics.
Everyone has seen a disposable flash camera. . . .  [Colin Mitchell]

 

Xenon Lamp Flash Detector Amplifier -  This circuit has a very low standby current requirement yet has very high sensitivity toward the light flashes from a xenon lamp. When connected to a flip/flop it can serve as an on on/off Controller . . . [Circuit by Dave Johnson P.E.,  12/14/04]

 

Xenon Photoflash Controller -  This 9v battery powered circuit is designed for remote control flash needs. A charge control circuit turns off the high voltage generator when the photoflash capacitor is fully charged. A neon lamp is included to indicate when the system is ready to flash . . . [Circuit by David A. Johnson P.E.,  06/03/00]

 

Xenon Strobe Light -  Disco anyone? Actually, this strobe serves a much more useful purpose then making it look cool when you dance in the dark. You can use it to view fast moving objects, look for craks in PC boards (hold the strobe on the trace side of the board and look from the component side) , and it is a great attention getter in a store window. . . .  [Circuit designed by Aaron Cake]

 

Xenon Strobe Light -  The way that this circuit works is as follows. The AC line voltage is rectified by D1 and D2 which connects to a voltage doubler circuit made up of the two 22uf capacitors. The Flash Freq. Pot and the 10uf capacitor charge up which triggers the Diac. . . .  [Circuit by Randy Linscott]

 

Xenon Strobe Light -  A xenon flash tube is a triggered gas discharge device. A voltage may be impressed across the tube and it will not conduct until the xenon gas is ionised by an external high voltage (typically 3 to 5kV). Once triggered, the gas becomes a very low impedance, and discharges the storage capacitors in about 1ms (this varies considerably, but this figure is fine for basic calculations) . . .  [Rod Elliott (ESP)] 

 

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