Rugged lamp driver

Posted on Dec 8, 2012

This circuit is capable of driving filament lamps of nominal rating 200 mA at 60 V dc from a CMOS logic signal. The lamp or load is connected in series with the Darlington transistor TR1 and emitter resistor R5. The Zener diode ZD1 establishes a soft reference voltage on the collector of the optical coupler IC2.

Rugged lamp driver
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When the logic control signal from the processor switches the optocoupler on via IC1, base drive is applied to TR1 and the lamp is switched on.

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