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Xenon Lamp Circuits
Zenon Circuits:  #'s - C      D - K      Ls      T - Z

Last Updated on: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 06:50 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]


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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]

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