Thursday, 3 March 2016

Make LED's blink with Push Button control

After making an LED blink with the help of a push button (the most basic thing ever), I have been trying different permutations and combinations with LED's, push-buttons, a breadboard, arduino, resistor and of course, jumper cables. I am still a novice, but I want to bring out the small codes I am writing and modifying to share and learn.

The following diagram and code is to make LED's hooked to different pins blink at different times, all with the help of a push-button. (In this example, the push-button has not been used as a switch)

  • Resistor used - 1 K
  • Red jumper cables - Input/  Voltage
  • Black jumper cables - Ground
  • Push-button connected to 5V input

// Pin 13 has an LED connected on most Arduino boards. Pin 9 and 11 have been used to hook on more LED's
// give it a name:

int led = 13;
int led2 = 11;      //2 pins connected in series
int led3 = 9;        //3 pins connected in series
int button = 7; 
int val = 0;

// the setup routine runs once when you press reset:
void setup() {        

  pinMode (led, OUTPUT);
  pinMode (led2, OUTPUT);
  pinMode (led3, OUTPUT);
  pinMode (button, INPUT);

// the loop routine runs over and over again forever:
void loop() {
  val = digitalRead (button);  //checks if any voltage is applied to pin                                                  mentioned b/w the parentheses

  if (val == 1) {        // turn the LED on by making the voltage HIGH

    digitalWrite (led, HIGH); 
    digitalWrite (led2, LOW);
    digitalWrite (led3, HIGH);
    delay (500);                         //give a lag of half a second

    digitalWrite (led, LOW);
    digitalWrite (led2, HIGH);
    digitalWrite (led3, LOW);
    delay (500);

      }  else  {          // turn the LED off , LOW is the voltage level)

     digitalWrite (led, LOW); 
     digitalWrite (led2, LOW); 
     digitalWrite (led3, LOW);




  • LED's that have been hooked to the breadboard in series, glow with a lesser intensity than the LED that is alone.
  • If 4 LED's were attached in series, none glowed.

The circuit has been made on , an Autodesk software for Arduino simulation.
I would love to have your feedback and do let me know if you spot any mistakes. If you have written codes of similar complexity/ ease, please share. 

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