IC 555 Timer Projects

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IC 555 Timer Projects
IC 555 timers can be used to flash lights and make sounds. (ic, integrierter schaltkreis, integrated circuit image by Sascha Zlatkov from Fotolia.com)

The 555 timer is a versatile, 8-pin integrated circuit used to build a wide variety of electronic circuits. It is used for generating pulses, precision and sequential timing, pulse width modulation, and time delay generation. The timer's eight pins have different functions: one is ground, two is trigger, three is output, four is reset, five is control, six is threshold, seven is discharge, and eight is the positive supply voltage terminal.

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Toy Organ

By attaching a 555 timer to a series of switches connected to capacitors and resistors, you can make a toy organ. For volume control, insert a potentiometer between the last capacitor and the speaker.

LED Flasher

A light-emitting diode (LED) will flash when connected to the 555 timer along with resistors and a capacitor.

Light/Dark Detector

When the 555 timer is connected to a photoresistor and a speaker with some resistors and capacitors, the speaker either makes a sound when light hits the photoresistor (switch position one), or it makes a sound when there is no light (switch position two).


A series of resistors connected to the 555 timer along with a small speaker results in an electronic metronome that you can use, for example, to keep time during piano lessons.

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