Mains Strobe Light running at 60 Flashes Per Second

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by gt4rc09, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. gt4rc09

    Thread Starter New Member

    Mar 31, 2014
    Hi there,
    I am a new member to this forum, and also a newbie to electronics as a whole to be honest. I am looking for some advice on how to create an LED strobe light capable of flashing at 60 flashes per second, but also to be adjustable from around 40 fps to 70 fps. I am making the piece for my final university degree show that will hopefully see me graduate with a good grade. I have seen a basic instruction online, but I am having trouble finding out both the terminology/codes of the components, and also seeing whether I have to order the parts from abroad as the ones suggested are from America. Here is the link for the map of the strobe light, but I would also need to somehow plug this into a 3 pin UK mains electricity plug...
    The following explains of some of the parts, but again if someone could direct me to similar UK parts that I could get hold of it would be much appreciated. This is from the website of the basic tutorial and is all that is said about the aforementioned map.
    'Strobe light. You need a strobe light that can flash 60 times per second. You can either try to buy an industrial strobe light (which can be expensive) or you could make your own strobe light using LEDs. I've used this 555 timer circuit to make an LED strobe. The printed circuit board is available from for a very reasonable price. You should use a multi-turn 100k potentiometer as you'll want to adjust the flash rate with high precision. You can get multi-turn pots from although you can also check out for alternatives. Note that the only thing that really matters for the timing is the product of the resistance (R1, R2, and the 100k pot) and C1, so if you can only find a 50k multi-turn pot, then double the value of C1 and you should be OK.'
    If anyone could please offer some help or advice I would be truly grateful. I am warning people that I have very little knowledge of electronics so I may sound a little dim, but I guess everyone needs to start somewhere and I am willing to put in the work.
    Thanks :)
  2. ronv

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    Nov 12, 2008