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220V Mains Operated LED Flasher Circuit

220V Mains Operated LED Flasher Circuit

The following triac/diac based mains operated LED flasher circuit which is actually an astable multivibrator circuit utilizes only a diac and resistor arrangement for implementing interesting wig wag flashing of two LEDs.

The simple 220V flasher circuit was shared with me by Mr.Vineesh, who is one of the keen followers of this blog.

I would like to present the email that was sent to me by Mr.Vineesh.

The Circuit Objective

Dear sir,

Hope you remember me. I am not an electronics engineer,working as manager in a company, dealing basically with Tool & Die Engineer, but self studying electronics for past 12-13 years,and have designed and made many simple projects of my own.

Some of them are marketed too actually this entire ckt attached is not my idea.

I have gone through 230V blinking LED circuit in some sites. I just converted it to alternate blinking circuit working fine for last 2-3 months continuously (used green bright leds). I know very well no need to explain the working of ckt. But just given 2 lines because if I am wrong in theory, you can correct me.

Practically crkt is working well. While cap charging, led2, (series with cap) lights. DB3 get less than 30V while cap charging and does not conduct. After full charge of cap, diac conducts and led1( series to diac) lights, and cap discharge through 1N 4007 ,that time LED2 light get dim, which gives alternate blinking effect.

1.8K Resistor series to led1 is more than the requirement, but given for matching the light intensity with LED2 all my ckts are drawn in note books, just selected one small ckt from that which is easy to draw in CAD & and convert pdf bcoz don't want to send shabby hand drawn drawings.

Thanks & Regards


Analyzing the Circuit

Dear Vineesh,

Your explanation is absolutely correct, and the LED flasher circuit is also very good, it can be well modified for ganpati, diwali, Christmas or for other similar decoration purposes. Good effort.

Thanks and Regards

Triac diac led flasher circuit 220V

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5 thoughts on “220V Mains Operated LED Flasher Circuit”

  1. Hello i really want to appreciate you, you indeed my hero when it comes to electronic. sir while i was going through the comments i noticed you said for 24v the ic741 should be replaced by lm321 and for another person you said he build the last circuit as it is for 24v please my question is can the last circuit work for 24v without modification because i have bought the components for it waiting for your reply before i start building thanks and best regards

    • thank you, I think you posted under the wrong article.

      however a IC 741 cannot run with a 24V supply so a LM321 is the recommended IC for a 24V supply

  2. Dear Swagatam,
    I need to do one array with 60 leds for my AC command of my car.
    The 48 3mm blue leds use 3.2V 20mA each and the other 12 red leds need 2.2v 20mA each.
    The problem is, my car use 17v with engine on and 15v with engine off.

    I made a schematic pcb with L7808CV voltage regulator, this regulator can imput 0-32vin and following datasheet I left 8v stabilized with the capacitor. Following datasheet I left 8v stabilized out but it is heating up too much and do not have space for heatsink and it is heating up too much . Is there any alternative to this pcb with 8v stabilized without heat so much?

    Thanks for any help.


    • Dear Denys, A voltage regulator may not be required for 20mA LEDs

      Let's assume the minimum supply level to be 12V, and max to be 17V, you will need to make 15 strings of LEDs having 4 series LEDs in each string along with a 270 ohm 1/4 watt resistors with each LED string. Connect all these strings in parallel with the supply input.

      That's all, the LeDs will be safely lit with absolutely no heat.

    • …sorry I missed the 3,2V LEDs, OK you can configure them in the following manner:

      make 16 strings of blue LEDs having 3 series LeDs and a series 390 ohm 1/4 watt resistor in each string

      and 3 strings of red LEDs having 4 series LEDs and a series 270 ohm 1/4 watt resistor in each string

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