lamp dimmer

Posted on Feb 7, 2014

This is not just another dimmer circuit. The improved design of this dimmer circuit enables its triac to be triggered with lower voltage values. Normally, the triggering voltage of a triac is around 70V. In some applications though, it is desirable to use a lower voltage in triggering the triac. A trick is used to achieve this effect in this circu

lamp dimmer
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it: the addition of the components R1, C1 and P1. Due to this, the trigger value can be pulled down to around 35V. Construct the circuit and put it in a highly insulating box. Remember, the circuit is working with 220 volts! For P2 use a special potentiometer with a plastic shaft. There are lots of practical applications for this circuit. One typical application is controlling the speed of an ordinary electric drill machine. It can also be used to control the speed of a sewing machine, or the electric motor in a model boat, etc.

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