About IR sensor range

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by holybrings, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. holybrings

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    I'm currently doing a project with IR sensor, but i don't know how to increase the range of the sensor. The attached picture is the circuit i'm using.
  2. beenthere

    Retired Moderator

    Apr 20, 2004
    That's not going to work. The phototransistor has to provide an input to the op amp. You might want to read our full chapter on op amps, but here is a link on how to connect them and give voltage gain to the signal - http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/vol_3/chpt_8/5.html.

    It is usual to pulse the IR transmitter at 38 KHz. Information is transmitted by varying the duration of 38 KHz pulse trains. You get better range with a signal at a frequency because you can make the receiver with a lot of gain at the signal frequency.

    The LM324 is not a good op amp to work with. They are not nearly as good as modern designs like the LT1113.
  3. Bernard


    Aug 7, 2008
    It would help some of us if you would connect the dots [ or letters ] where possible, might add arrow to VR to show that it is a pot. Chech data on IR LED, pulsed , as suggested by beenthere, might give 10X current as oposed to average current. Use narrow beam IR LED.