Mosfet connections

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Joined Dec 11, 2010
Hi. I've a doubt about connecting mosfets. Here is the design

The first option runs OK in the simulation software, where the gates are connected to ground, but with the second option both lights are always lit.

- Will the second option work in real life?
- Does the gates need to be always connected to ground?
- Happens the same with BJT transistors?


Joined Dec 26, 2010
FET gates draw extremely small amounts of DC leakage current, even at a relatively big gate voltage when the FET is fully switched on. BJT bases on the other hand require definite current to switch them on.

The FET gate also possesses significant capacitance. Without some current path such as a resistor to discharge this, the FET cannot be relied on to turn off simply by disconnecting the gate from the supply.