Fantastic Simulated Laser Circuit
Posted on Mar 3, 2013 8747
The circuit uses a 555 timer IC to power an ultrabright LED. The output is a pulsing red light that can be projected using lenses. An ultrabright Stanley LED, capable of 300-millicandle output, is tied to pin 3 of the 555 timer IC. That IC has been configured as an astable multivibrator. The frequency of this multivibrator is controlled by Rl, R2, CI, and PI. You can vary the frequency by adjusting PI, which changes the output from a slow blinking to a fast pulsating light.
Resistor R3 is used to limit the current flowing into the circuit to a safe value, to prevent the LED and the IC from burning out. Switch SI applies power to the circuit when its button is pressed.