David Ardouin
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Versatile capacitive switch in a wall box

Based on a Labs project | February 2013 | Find it here
This capacitive-detection dual wall touch-switch, designed to fit into domestic electric wall-boxes, uses analog technology throughout. A single multi-purpose version that you can configure as you wish to function as a simple on/off switch, a 2-way switch, or momentary button, on two independent channels. At low cost, modernizing your home electrics has never been so tempting.
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Component list
Component List
Resistors (SMD 1206, 5%)
R1,R2 = 47Ohm 0.25W
R3,R9,R11,R12,R29,R30 = 470kOhm
R4,R19,R24 = 120kOhm
R5 = 330kOhm
R6,R7 = 2.2MOhm
R10,R13,R27,R28 = 10kOhm
R20,R22,R23,R25,R26,R31,R32,R33 = 1kOhm
Capacitors (ceramic, SMD1206, 20%) 
C2,C3 = 4.7µF 16V
C4 = 22pF 50V
C7,C8,C10,C12,C16,C17,C18 = 100nF 50V
C9,C13 = 4.7nF 50V X7R
C11,C15 = 1nF 50V
Capacitors (miscellaneous)
C1 = 470µF 25V, Panasonic EEEFK1E471AP, (1244419)
C5 = 100nF 305V, X2 Class, 15mm pitch, Epcos B32922C3104M (1112840)
C6,C14 = 100µF 25V, Panasonic EEEFK1E101AP (1244416)
L1 = 22µH 0.11A, Multicomp MCFT000190 (1711917)
D1,D5,D6 = BAT54 (9526480)
D2 = BZX84C12 (1902445)
D7,D8,D9 = LED, yellow, Kingbright KPT-3216SYCK (2099249)
Q1,Q2,Q5,Q7 = 2N7002ET1G (2317616)
U1 = TPS62120DCNT (1864820)
U2,U3 = AT42QT1010-TSHR (1841593)
U4 = SN74HC74D (9591680)
U5,U6 = ZXGD3005E6TA (1904033)
F1-1 = fuse holder, Littelfuse 64900001039 (1271673)
F1-2 = fuse, 5A slow, 5x20mm, Schurter 0034.3124 (1360818)
J1 = 2-way PCB spring terminal block, 5.0mm pitch, Wurth 691414720002 (1841365)
J2 = 4-way PCB spring terminal block, 5.0mm pitch, Wurth 691414720004 (1841367)
J3-1,J4-1,J5-1,J6-1 = 10-pin pinheader, low profile, 0.1” pitch (1668506)
J3-2,J4-2,J5-2,J6-2 = 10-way receptacle, low profile, 0.1” pitch (1668102)
K1,K2 = relay, bistable, 12V, TE PE014F12 (9913459)
R8 = varistor, 300V, Epcos B72205S0271K101 (1004358)
GL1,GL2,GL3 = LED light pipe, Bivar PLP2-375, (2293497)
PCBs 130272-1, 130272-2, 130272-3 (elektorPCBservice)
(numbers in round brackets are Farnell/Newark order codes)
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