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L50, 230v Dark Activated Lamp

This is the circuit diagram of 230V automatic night lamp based photo resistor to sensing the light environment. When the condition is dark enough, the one or more lamps will be turned on and when the condition is bright enough, then the lamps will be turned off.

Q1 and Q2 form a trigger device for the SCR, providing short pulses at 100Hz frequency. Pulse duration is set by R2 and C1.

When the light hitsthe photo resistor (R1) then it will have very low resistance value, almost shorting C1 and preventing circuit operation. When R1 is in the dark, its resistance value becomes very high thus enabling circuit operation.

Parts List:

  • R1 = Photo resistor (any type)

  • R2 = 100K 1W Resistor

  • R3 = 200K 1/2W Trimmer Cermet

  • R4, R7 = 470R 1/4W Resistors

  • R5 = 12K 1/4W Resistor

  • R6 = 1K 1/4W Resistor

  • C1 = 10nF 63V Polyester Capacitor

  • D5 = TIC106D 400V 5A SCR

  • D1-D4 = 1N4007 1000V 1A Diodes

  • Q1 = BC327 45V 800mA PNP Transistor

  • Q2 = BC337 45V 800mA NPN Transistor

  • SK1 = Female Mains socket

  • PL1 = Male Mains plug & cable

Circuit Notes:

  • Variable Resistor R3 used for fine setting of operating threshold and R2 value can be raised to 150K maximum.

  • Several lamps can be connected in parallel to the circuit, but total power dissipation of the load should not exceed about 300 – 500W.

  • Plug a lamp with the socket SK1

  • PL1 can be omitted and the input mains supply wires connected in parallel to any switch controlling lamps. In this case, if the switch is left open, the circuit will be able to drive the lamps; if the switch is closed, the lamps will illuminate and the circuit will be by-passed.


The circuit is directly connected to 230Vac electric mains, then some components in the circuit board are subjected to lethal potential with high risk. Avoid touching the circuit when plugged and enclose it in a plastic box for security purpose.

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