Have you ever thought about implementing your own home security alarm systems? It’s one of the simplest and interesting circuits for electronic beginners. Our new home security equipment uses a LDR (Light Depended Resistor) to detect security problems. Theft attempt and other security threats can be controlled by using this simple circuit to improve your security systems. This is also best suited for school students for their high school science projects.
To implement this alarm system for home, you have to provide an optical path (with LASER beams) around your home. The LASER path is made possible with one LASER torch and 3 mirror arrangements which encloses the whole area. Please refer the project arrangement section below to make this optical (light) path. We have explained about home security system in detail with animation/ simulation.
Circuit diagram of Home security alarm
- Battery 6V
- Resistors ¼ watt (150kΩ)
- LDR (Light Depended Resistor)
- Transistor BC547
- 6V Buzzer
- This circuit is based on LDR (Light Depended Resistor), a variable resistor in which the resistance varies according to the light intensity falling on it.
- The LDR and resistor R1 forms a potential divider network, which is the main part of our security alarm circuit.
- We have already discussed about how transistor acts as a switch, the same principle is used here.
- The voltage drop across the LDR is used to drive the transistor switch. When the voltage drop is above cut in voltage (0.6V), the transistor is turned ON.
- LDR has low resistance (mΩ range) in the presence of light and high resistance (MΩ range) in the absence of light.
- In our security alarm, a LASER light is allowed to fall on the LDR continuously using 3 mirrors (see the project arrangement figure).
- Light from other sources should not be allowed to fall on the LDR, so place the LDR in a box with a single hole to pass LASER.
- In this situation, the resistance offered by LDR is too low, since the LASER light is continuously allowed to fall on the LDR surface.
- Thus the voltage drop across the LDR is also low [V=IR (Ohm’s law)] which is insufficient to turn ON the transistor, so the transistor remains in OFF state.
- When a person (eg: thief) makes a block to the continuous flow of LASER beam, then the light falling on the LDR gets blocked. Thus its resistance increases to a high value in the order of MΩ range (According to Ohm’s law V=IR).
- While resistance increases the voltage drop also increases, when this voltage drop exceeds the cut in voltage of the silicon NPN transistor (0.6V; BC547), it will turn ON.
- Then current from Vcc starts flowing to ground via the buzzer and transistor, which makes the beep sound.
- The beep sound from the security alarm gives the indication of some security failures.
Simulation (animation) of the project
Video Demonstration of Home security Alarm
Here is the video from Circuits Gallery video lab