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Two-Led Pilot Light

220vAC mains operated, Very simple circuitry

This circuit is designed on request and can be useful to those whishing to have, say, a red LED illuminated when an appliance is on and a green LED illuminated when the same appliance is off. Any mains operated appliance can be monitored by this circuit provided a suitable mains switch, capable of withstanding the full load current, is used for SW1.When SW1 is closed, the load and D4 are energized, Q1 is saturated and shorts D3, thus preventing its illumination.

Circuit Diagram:

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R1 = 27K-1W
R2 = 27K-1W
R3 = 6.8K
D1 = 1N4007
D2 = 1N4007
D3 = Green
D4 = Red Led
Q1 = BC337
SW1 = SPST Mains Switch

  • Change R1 and R2 to 15K 1W for 115Vac mains operation.
  • SW1 must be capable of withstanding the appliance's full load current and voltage.

Source : www.redcircuits.com