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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Seven Segment LED display

how is the circuit for driving a seven segment led

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A 7 segment LED display is used to display a number 0-9 using 7 LEDs, The circuit you design must have a BCD output, BCD means Binary coded decimal for number 0 it is 0000 and for number 9 it is 1001 see this chart i put in my site....  Electrical Tables

the BCD is fed to a BCD to 7 segment decoder like CD4511 or 7447 which has the logic to take care to drive your display, the displays are two types common anode and common cathode you have choose a driver to match your display, you will need to use current limiting resistors for every LED to limit current to 15mA or less. there are many circuits in my website which has examples of these.

you can also drive such displays with 7107 or 7135 to display analog signals, or with a microcontroller like 8051 using software decoding, even such examples and code is available at my website.Digital-Circuits. and Logic-Circuits.


I made an online tutorial for seven segment LED. Hope it helps you learn more.

Digital up down BCD counter "Simple Digital up down counter CD4029, with interactive javascript simulation." You can run the circuit online and try out without wiring it up.

Digital up down BCD counter