Led Strip light strobe with variable speed control

Vincent Dickerson

Joined Feb 13, 2019
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Hi Guys,
I'm a recent Matric graduate and I am busy with a home project but my lack of true understanding of circuitry is letting me down a bit.
I took electrics at school and have always built electronic projects for fun but always from a schematic.
I am trying to build a 12V LED white strobe light.
I understand the working of multivibrators an I'm quite sure that a 555 would be a solution but I'm not sure how much power I could pull from it to run a few metres of LED strip or what modifications I would need to make to do so. This has left me at a loss for a suitable schem. I have searched the internet but there is either no such schematic or I just don't know what I'm looking for. Does anyone know of a circuit that would suit my purposes?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

crutschow

Joined Mar 14, 2008
30,074
The first step in any design is the specifications, which are lacking here.
Yes, a 555 circuit would likely do what you want.
How much current does the LED light take?
Does it already have a 12V supply?

dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
14,668
Welcome to AAC!

A bipolar 555 can sink/source about 200mA. Adding a MOSFET or BJT to the output can increase current capability to anything you want.

Here's an example I drew for someone using an N channel MOSFET:

Alec_t

Joined Sep 17, 2013
12,883
Be aware that certain strobe frequencies can induce epileptic seizures in some people. Avoid frequencies in the 5-12Hz range.

Vincent Dickerson

Joined Feb 13, 2019
4
The first step in any design is the specifications, which are lacking here.
Yes, a 555 circuit would likely do what you want.
How much current does the LED light take?
Does it already have a 12V supply?
I haven't bought the led strips as of yet. I was intending on calculating the output of the circuit and choosing my LED strip accordingly.
I have a 12V 4A transformer at home from a previous project that I was intending on using for the project but I can easily get another one if it is not sufficient.
I calculated a rough estimate of a short piece of LED strip I had lying around and it worked out to about 1.2A/Metre

Vincent Dickerson

Joined Feb 13, 2019
4
Be aware that certain strobe frequencies can induce epileptic seizures in some people. Avoid frequencies in the 5-12Hz range.
Thank You, I will definitely
Welcome to AAC!

A bipolar 555 can sink/source about 200mA. Adding a MOSFET or BJT to the output can increase current capability to anything you want.

Here's an example I drew for someone using an N channel MOSFET:
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Am I right that you could add a Potentiometer to C2 to control the rate of phase change?
take that into consideration during operation!

dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
14,668
Am I right that you could add a Potentiometer to C2 to control the rate of phase change?
Not sure what you mean by phase change.

C2 is to bypass noise on the control voltage. You could modulate the frequency by varying the voltage on that pin, but I'd just make R1 or R2 a pot.

Vincent Dickerson

Joined Feb 13, 2019
4
Not sure what you mean by phase change.

C2 is to bypass noise on the control voltage. You could modulate the frequency by varying the voltage on that pin, but I'd just make R1 or R2 a pot.
Thank you that's what I was going for.
So can I use that circuit exactly and just add a mosfet over the 36V LED output and just add three 12V led strips together in Parallel.

dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
14,668
Thank you that's what I was going for.
So can I use that circuit exactly and just add a mosfet over the 36V LED output and just add three 12V led strips together in Parallel.
Delete the 36V supply, R3, D1, and connect your 12V LEDs.