555 Touch Sensor

How to make a touch sensor? Here is a simple DIY touch sensor circuit diagram using 555 timer monostable mode. Touch switch is only a conducting metal sheet that acts as touch sensor. The 555 touch switch is not a touch capacitive sensor; it is only a metal touch sensor button. Using this you can turn on and off devices by single touch. Here we are using a JK flip flop IC 7476 that is connected as T-flip flop. The output of T-flip flop is connected to the base of transistor to turn ON the relay so as to control high current electrical devices such as fan, motor, lamps etc.

Circuit diagram of 555 touch switch

555 touch sensor circuit


  1. IC 555
  2. IC 7476
  3. Transistor BC 548
  4. LED
  5. Resistor (1M,1K,330)
  6. Capacitor (0.1uF)
  7. Touch pad (Any conducting sheet)
  8. Relay 12V,10A


  • The 555 timer IC is connected in monostable mode, i.e. 6th and 7th pins are shorted, a capacitor is connected to ground and a resister is connected to Vcc.
  • Working of this circuit is same as that of a monostable multivibrator.
  • When we touch on the touch pad, a negative voltage is produced on the trigger pin (2nd pin) of 555 IC. Then monostable output goes high.
  • Touch pad is only a conducting metal sheet.
  • If your circuit is not working then you have to connect a 1M resistor from the 2nd pin of 555 to Vcc (+5V).
  • Output of 555 is connected to the clock of JK flip flop IC 7476.
  • Here JK flip flop is connected as a T flip flop (toggling mode) depending on the clock.
  • Its state will change by applying clock signal, i.e. if the output of JK flip flop is high, it changes to low else it will change to high.
  • Output of T flip flop is connected to the base of transistor BC 548 through a 1K resistor.
  • A positive voltage on the base of transistor will forward bias the transistor, then relay gets negative and it switches the device.

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16 thoughts on “555 Touch Sensor

  1. Awesooooooooommmmmmmmmm……Actually M sooo excited to show dis…..Bcoz I have planned for electronics project business…..and u give me blasat

  2. am putting LED at pin 5 of D flip flop,but its state is not stabilizing.Can some one suggest me wht i shld do.
    When i measured the output voltage at pin 5(i.e Q output) its voltage is going till 4.40v and then coming back to .xx. So my LED is glowing and then switching off.
    Wht shld i do to stabilize voltage at pin 5. plz suggest as my prev few queries on this site r still not answered :(.

  3. Most of the Soft Touch Toggle Switch Clock Input Pulses are applied 50 Hz. A.C through our body at the input terminal of any Soft Touch Circuits. If the A.C Signals are not available at a place of Non-Electrified places, the Circuit will it be functioned or not ?. I say “No” then what is the advantage of these circuits? At the end of these questioned, may we use one
    SGL8022W Single-Channel LED control touch chip for such Soft Touch Toggle Switch. I am waiting for your valuable Circuit Idea and comments. Thanks You.

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