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#591 Tydirium Strobe Module

Packaging the ATtiny85 Lambda-class shuttle “Tydirium” navigation strobe circuit as a small board that can be added to an existing lighting setup.



In LEAP#589 I figured out the navigation strobe pattern for the Tydirium shuttle and demonstrated it with a freeform circuit.

This project describes a variation of the circuit on a small module/board that could be used to add the ELD flashing pattern to existing LED wiring.


The ATtiny85 microprocessor does all the hard work, with some support circuitry:

  • zener diode provides some basic over-voltage protection.
  • a 2N7000 n-channel MOSFET for low-side LED control, instead of driving directly from the ATtiny85. This will allow it to switch up to 500mA of LED current.

Although the circuit is best powered with 3-5V, it can handle up to about 10V without complaint. A 9V battery will incur 150mW dropped across the 100Ω resistor.



Breadboard Build

Module Design

The module is designed to be easily fitted to existing circuits.

There are three connections required:

  • positive power supply for the microcontroller. Ideally 3-5V, but can handle up to 9V.
  • negative power supply for the microcontroller.
  • the negative end of the LED(s) to be switched.

These connections can be made to either:

  • the screw terminals on the board
  • or soldered to the corresponding solder pads


The LEDs may be separately powered from the microcontroller, provided both power supplies share a common ground. For example:

  • 2 x AAA/AA (3V) batteries could be used to power the microcontroller
  • a 12V power pack is powering a LED array
  • will work fine, as long as the negative of the 12V power pack is also connected to the negative of the battery pack


Here’s a quick test with a 3V (2xAAA) battery pack. At this voltage, an LEd doesn’t really need a curret limiting resistor, so in this example, an LED is just directly wired from #v to the LED- control terminal.



The ATtiny85 is programmed with the TydiriumStrobe.ino sketch.

Credits and References

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