Sound Activated Lights

This diy sound activated
lights circuit turns a lamp ON for a short duration when the dog barks
(or a relatively strong sound) giving an impression that the occupants
have been alerted. The condenser microphone fitted in a place to monitor
sound and generates AC signals, which pass through DC blocking
capacitor C1 to the base of transistor BC549 (T1). Transistor T1 along
with transistor T2 amplifies the sound signals and provides current
pulses from the collector of T2. When sound is produced in front of the
condenser mic, triac1 (BT136) fires, activates lights and the bulb (B1)
glows for about two minutes.

Assemble the sound activated lights circuit on a general purpose PCB
(circuit board) and enclose in a plastic cabinet. Power to the sound
activated switch circuit can be derived from a 12V, 500mA step-down
transformer with rectifier and smoothing capacitor. Solder the triac
ensuring sufficient spacing between the pins to avoid short circuit. Fix
the unit in the dog’s cage or close to the sound monitoring spot, with
the lamp inside or outside as desired. Connect the microphone to the
sount activated lights circuit using a short length of shielded wire.
Enclose the microphone in a tube to increase its sensitivity.

Caution. Since the sound activated lights uses 230V AC, many of its
points are at AC mains voltage. It could give you lethal shock if you
are not careful. So if you don’t know much about working with line
voltages, do not attempt to construct this circuit. We will not be
responsible for any kind of resulting loss or damage.

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