- on Miscellaneous Electronics
- Published in issue 12/2001 on page 0
It is not always necessary to use special photoresistors or phototransistors to make light-sensitive switches. Although it is not well known, normal visible-light and infrared LEDs will also work. A voltage that depends on the intensity of the natural or artificial illumination falling on the LED can be taken from the anode of the LED. This behaviour can be easily verified by connecting a DVM or oscilloscope directly to the two leads of the LED. Since the load on the photoelectric potential should be kept as small as possible, a JFET is used here as a buffer.