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Xenon Lamp Circuits
Last Updated on: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 04:30 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.

  • 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.
  • Xenon Lamp Flash 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. 
  • 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 of over 100 feet.  Reflections from a room’s walls and ceiling is usually enough to trigger the circuit.  The entire circuit draws only 3 Microamps from a 6 to 9 volt battery.

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12 Volt Strobe Circuit -  this circuit uses12V DC instead od mains AC.  This is very good idea if you don't want to mess with direct mains voltage connected circuit or you want to run  stroboscope from batteries. (added 5/02)
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….(electronic schematic / circuit added 05/07)
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. …. [Designed by David A. Johnson]
Adjustable Strobe Light -  120-Volt mains power source, up to20 Hz flash rate (added 5/02)
Air Transparency Monitor, Xenon Flash Transmitter -  This is the matching transmitter for the above receiver. The transmitter launches powerful 1000-watt light pulses that last about 20 microseconds.... [Designed by David A. Johnson]
Beat Tracking Strobe -  project description using AT90S8515 microcontroller and some electronics (added 5/03
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]
Disco Lights -  software and hardware for controlling disco lights from your PC....
Easy Xenon DC-to-DC Converters! -  (electronic schematic / circuit added 4/02)
Emergency Strobe Flasher Generates 250V -  08/05/99 EDN-Design Ideas....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,  [Design Idea by Jose Luis Arce, Tecnosuma Havana, Cuba]
Flash Slave Trigger (Aaron Cake) -  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. (added 5/02)
Flashing Beacon -  ....
Flashing High Intensity LED 3rd Brake Light -  This circuit to make a flashing3rd brake light assembly was designed to be easy to locate all the needed components and reasonably in expensive to build.....
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.
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. (added 5/02)
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…
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. …. [Designed by David A. Johnson]
Mini Pocket Strobe Circuit -  works from two1.5-Volt AA batteries, based on modified camera flash unit (added 5/02)
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 (added 4/02)
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  (added 2/05) [Reverse engineered schematic by Stepan Novotill]
Photo Flash Charger Minimizes Parts Count -  10/22/98 EDN-Design Ideas.... 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.... [Design Idea by Steven Chenetz, Micrel Semiconductor, San Jose, CA]
Photoflash Capacitor Charger has Fast Efficient Charging & Low-Battery Drain -  DN303  Design Notes (Linear Technology) (app note added 1/06)
Slave Flash Trigger Circuit -  (electronic schematic / circuit added 4/02)
Strobe Controller -  simple controller for professional stroboscopes, adjust the flash rate in1..15 Hz range (added 5/02)
Strobe from Flash -  After using a disposable camera, you can build a strobe light (flashing light) with one simple modification. (6/02/2006)
Strobe Light -  Designed as a companion to the LX800, can also be used by itself… [Rod Elliott (ESP)]
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.... [Designed by Aaron Cake]
Strobe Light (Randy Linscott) -  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....
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 page contains some information on circuits which can be used for triggering stroboscopes from external circuits. The circuit here are designed to be integrate to strboscope circuits so that they can triggered using external trigger pulse. The standard trigger pulse used in professional stroboscope controllers is 3-10V pulse. If you don't already have a suitable controller,.... [Tomi Engdahl's design]
Trigger Circuit for Strobes -  circuits which can be used for triggering stroboscopes from external signals (added 4/02)
Typical Strobe Light Trigger Circuit -  555 based Timing circuit which triggers a SCR which controls the trigger transformer (added 5/02)
Welch Scientific Model 2153C Stroboscope
Welch Scientific Model 2153C Stroboscope -  a schematic for a typical line operated variable rate stroboscope used for the visualization of moving parts as well as rotation speed or frequency determination of rotating or vibrating machinery (added 5/02)
Xenon DC-to-DC Converters! -  (electronic schematic / circuit added 4/02)
Xenon Flash & Strobe Page -  (circuit / schematic added 2/03)
Xenon flash valve -  An experiment of the xenon flash valve.  (added 10/05)
Xenon Flasher (Colin Mitchell) -  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….
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 of over 100 feet.  Reflections from a room’s walls and ceiling is usually enough to trigger the circuit.  The entire circuit draws only 3 Microamps from a 6 to 9 volt battery. …. [Designed by David A. Johnson]
Xenon Lamp Flash Detector Amp -  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.... [Designed by David A. Johnson]
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)]
Xenon Strobe Light (Aaron Cake) -  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.
Xenon Strobe Light (Linscott) -  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 ….(added 4/02)
 
Xenon Lamp Circuits


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