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Wemos and LDR example

by iainhendry

In this example we connect a photoresistor to an Arduino, the value read from the photoresistor corresponds to the amount of light present. The photoresistor is connected to analog pin 0 in this example.

A photoresistor (or light-dependent resistor, LDR, or photocell) is a light-controlled variable resistor. The resistance of a photoresistor decreases with increasing incident light intensity; in other words, it exhibits photoconductivity. A photoresistor can be applied in light-sensitive detector circuits, and light- and dark-activated switching circuits. A photoresistor is made of a high resistance semiconductor.

In the dark, a photoresistor can have a resistance as high as several megohms (MΩ), while in the light, a photoresistor can have a resistance as low as a few hundred ohms. If incident light on a photoresistor exceeds a certain frequency, photons absorbed by the semiconductor give bound electrons enough energy to jump into the conduction band. The resulting free electrons (and their hole partners) conduct electricity, thereby lowering resistance. The resistance range and sensitivity of a photoresistor can substantially differ among dissimilar devices. Moreover, unique photoresistors may react substantially differently to photons within certain wavelength bands.

A practical example could be a dark room sensor for photography, if the reading approached a critical level an alarm could be activated or even a night light




In this example I connected 3v3 to the module and it worked fine



In this example we simply output the reading via the serial port.

int sensorValue;
void setup()
  Serial.begin(9600); // starts the serial port at 9600
void loop()
  sensorValue = analogRead(A0); // read analog input pin 0
  Serial.print(sensorValue, DEC); // prints the value read
  Serial.print(" \n"); // prints a space between the numbers
  delay(1000); // wait 100ms for next reading



Open the serial monitor and move the LDR closer to a light, cover the LDR.



You can just buy some photoresistors, they are cheap items
Photoresistors on Amazon US

Photoresistors on Amazon UK

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