Variable Timer circuit for 7-LED 3VDC light display

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I'm a retired ME, shop experience with electrical/electronics. I want to add a simple (?) variable timer to a 7 LED display powered by 2 triple-A batteries so it can be on as a night light or whenever I wish it to be illuminated. Suggestions?
 

dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
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Welcome to AAC!

How variable of a timer? Minutes, hours? Accuracy?

LED color? Affects forward voltage which influences how LEDs can be wired.

Brightness?

Someone will be along shortly to recommend a PSOC4...
 

Thread Starter

Retired Neophyte

Joined Oct 8, 2018
3
Welcome to AAC!

How variable of a timer? Minutes, hours? Accuracy?

LED color? Affects forward voltage which influences how LEDs can be wired.

Brightness?

Someone will be along shortly to recommend a PSOC4...
Didn't realize it was that critical. Oops.
1) Variable by quarter-hour to multiple hours (up to 12 on/off)
2) LEDs are white, all on same existing ckt.
3) Brightness is not measured but definitely above candle illumination; they light up as white.
 

dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
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1) Variable by quarter-hour to multiple hours (up to 12 on/off)
That eliminates a 555 timer. You're looking at a many bit timer (like CD4060 14 stage counter with oscillator).

How do you envision setting duration?
2) LEDs are white, all on same existing ckt.
Forward voltage is too high to be able to wire 2 in series, so more power wasted in current limiting resistors.
3) Brightness is not measured but definitely above candle illumination; they light up as white.
LED part number?
 
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