Surprise Secret Of This PIR Sensor

Well.. Well... Well ... what do we have here?

 

PIR Sensor With Freznel Lense

 

It uses a Fresnel lens which sits in front of a heat based sensor to detect objects about 7 feet away.

It also has the ability to delay firing by 2-4 seconds approximately. Great for filtering out unwanted movements from retriggering the sensor.

BUT! It has another trick up it's sleeve.

Ready, Ready?

These sensors normally trigger when it see's any type of motion, doesn't matter if the lights are on or off, it will trigger.

But what if you want to build something where you only want to trigger when the lights are off?

Something like this under bed lighting system perfect for those midnight runs to the loo. It will only go on when it sees motion in the dark!

 

Fun side story...

I almost bought this exact model myself, but I wanted to add another sensor for my dog...

Yeah, long story here but he can't see the pet stairs and needs his own light. 

So I have one for my girlfriend, myself and my pup of course, I can control all the colors!

Ok, back to this little sensors super power!

In order to make this sensor only trigger when its dark, all you have to do is add a simple electric eye to the circuit like these

Photo ResistorPs- electric eye is an old term... they are also known as Light Dependent Resistors.

 
 

Best part? It's pre-configured for this, so just pick up an electric eye like this one, and solder it in.

All you need to do is pop off the lense, and look for the 2 pins directly under the heat sensor.

See picture below for location.

If you want to get your hands on a few of these, you can get them right here from Amazon.

 Cool right?

I thought so too!

Happy Sensor-ing...!!

Let me know what you think by commenting on this post!

PS- If you thought this was cool, checkout my biggest Arduino build ever featured by Apple, hackaday, make magazine and so many more. Its called Gooniebox.

 

 


7 comments

  • Thanks. I didn’t know about the photocell being possible on that motion sensor. Good to know!

    Steve McLemore
  • I can’t wait to try it out with my 9 yr old Son. Cool project. Thanks!

    Alex
  • Great idea! …. and easy too!

    Jimmie Fouts
  • Great idea going to tear one now and play around with it.

    Roger Bingler
  • Great little secret! I’ve got these parts in my collection…can’t wait to try this!

    Tony Verduga

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