The ICs for the 20 Step circuit board are not available at this time.

20 Output Sequencing Circuit

  This page features a circuit that has twenty open collector outputs that turn on one at a time in a continuous, unidirectional loop sequence. The circuit uses the 74LSxx family of TTL integrated logic devices. The circuits are designed to drive light emitting diodes or low current, low voltage incandescent lights but can also drive other loads of up to 80 milliamps.

  As logic circuits go, the 20 Step circuit is fairly simple but due to the nature of the TTL Logic devices used, care must be taken when wiring these circuits. Simply put; The neater the wiring the better.

  NOTE: The 20 Step Circuit does not work in circuit simulation programs. The likely cause is that this circuit uses input states that force the outputs of the 74LS145 drivers to be turned off. These states would normally not be used with these devices and are probably not programmed into the simulator's software.

  If you would like to make use of these circuits, take the time to find and read at least the first 2 pages of the manufactures datasheets for the integrated circuits. Using Google, search for "74ls(part number)" in the first box and "PDF" in the second box on the advanced search page.

20 Output Sequencing Circuit

  The following schematic is for the 20 Output Sequencing Circuit on the circuitboard shown above.

Basic Circuit Operation


74LS145 Equivalent Output Circuit

Parts List

  The following is a parts list for use with the 20 Output Sequencing Circuit. Mouser Electronics part numbers are shown but the parts may be available from other sources as well. Suppliers that handle 'NTE' components should be able to get the ICs.

Part Number   Mouser Description   Mouser Part #   QTY
VR 1 - Voltage Regulators TO-92 5.0V 0.1A - 511-L78L05ABZ - 1
IC 1 - Timers DIP-8 Single Timer - 512-LM555CN - 1
IC 2 - DECADE COUNTER DIP14 - 526-NTE74LS90 - 1
IC 3 - DUAL J-K F/F DIP-14 - 526-NTE74LS107 - 1
IC 4 - QUAD 2-IN OR DIP-14 - 526-NTE74LS32 - 1
IC 5, 6 - BCD-DEC DECODER DP16 - 595-SN74LS145N - 2
R1 - 100K ohm / 1/4 Watt Carbon Resistor - 660-CF1/4C104J - 1
R2 - Trimmer Potentiometers 1Mohms 6mm - 531-PT6KV-1M - 1
R3 - 470 ohm / 1/4 Watt Carbon Resistor - 660-CF1/4C471J - 1
C1, C3 - Radial Electrolytic Capacitors 25V 10uF - 140-XRL25V10 - 2
C2 - Radial Electrolytic Capacitors 25V 1.0uF - 140-XRL25V1.0 - 1
D1 - Green 3mm LED - 859-LTL-4231 - 1
- - 2 Position Terminal Block - 5mm - 651-1729018 - 1

  The 1N4148 diodes for the traffic signals shown below are Mouser part number 78-1N4148.

  NOTE: The LEDS for the traffic signal lights must be selected by the user as their size and style depend on the mounting.


20 Step LED Circuit

  The next diagram shows a simple 20 LED driver circuit. Only one current limiting resistor is needed as only one LED can be on at a time.

Single Traffic Light Control Circuit

  If you only need to control a one set of traffic lights for a display, refer to the Single Traffic Light Driver Circuit page at this site.

20 Step Traffic Light Schematic

  The next diagram shows the output of the 20 Step circuit being used to control a set of traffic Lights.

  As drawn, the traffic light circuit allows the lights in one direction to be GREEN for 7 steps of the counter, Yellow for 2 steps and RED for 1 step before the light turns GREEN in the opposite direction. The RED signals for one direction are slaved to the GREEN, YELLOW and RED of the other direction though the six 1N4148 diodes.

  Other light sequence steps can be created by shifting the circuits outputs as long as the total number of steps totals twenty.

  Advanced GREEN lighting could be added but the flashing would have to be done externally to the PCB circuit.

  When LEDs are used, it is possible to control up to five sets of traffic signals with one 20 Step circuit. Only one set of 1N4148 diodes are needed and the signals would all be synchronized.

Traffic Light Circuit For A 'T' Intersection

  The next circuit has the same function as the one above but can drive higher current lamps such as the #1157 automotive bulb.

Manual Control Circuits

  The following circuits allow the 20 Step circuit to be controlled manually and to have a shortened sequence length.

Stop, Start and Reset

  The next diagram and image shows external controls that can be used to manually Start, Stop and Reset the circuit. When the circuit is reset the 555 clock will stop and the number 1 output will go to a LOW state.

  If the RESET terminal is held LOW the circuit will run continuously. The RUN terminal has limitations (CLOCK input of the 74LS107) that are explained on the data sheet for the device.

  The next photo shows the location of the RUN and RESET connections on the circuit board. A jumper normally between the RUN connection and the circuit common must be removed first. Also shown are 5 volt and common connections that can be used to power external circuitry.

  If the 555 timer is removed, an external clock could be used to step the circuit. Alternately the circuit's 555 clock could provide an output to and external circuit.

Manual Step And Reset

  The next diagram shows external controls that can be used to Step the circuit manually and reset the output to 1 - 0 LOW.

  When push button S1 is closed the output of the 555 clock will go LOW and the output of the circuit will advance by one step. When DPDT switch S2 is moved to the right the circuit is reset and counting cannot advance.

  NOTE: The variable resistor R2 has been removed from the circuitboard.

Additional 20 Step Circuits

Shortened Sequence Length

  The number of steps in the sequence can be reduced by connecting an external resetting circuit to one of the outputs of the circuit.

  The resetting circuit uses an external 556 timer to provide complimentary HIGH and LOW outputs that are connected to the 'RESET' and 'RUN' terminals of the circuit board. In the example shown the reset pulse is approximately 0.1 seconds long but could be of any length as set by resistor R-R and capacitor C-R.

  Holes and pads are already on the main circuitboard to facilitate the RESET connections.

  NOTE: Due to the nature of 555 timers, after a reset, the first clock pulse from IC 1 will be slightly longer than the normal clock pulses.

  The reset circuit's input is shown connected to output 1 - 5 but can be connected to any of the 20 outputs.

  Switch S1 disables the shortened cycle.

Shortened Sequence Length For Paralleled Outputs

  The next diagram illustrates how to connect the 556 resetting circuit when outputs of the 20 Step circuit are connected in parallel.

  The diode at output 1 - 3 isolates the resetting circuit's input from the other outputs in the group.

Stopping The Output Cycle

  The cycle can be stopped at a particular output by connecting that output to pin 7 of timer IC 1. When output 1 - 5 goes LOW it will connect pin 7 of IC 1 to ground and stop the timer.

  When the cycle is stopped, the output of IC 1 will be forced HIGH and LED D1 will turn OFF.

  The diode prevents the voltage at the output of the circuit from being fed back to IC 1 when the circuit is running normally.

  Manual controls are used to reset and restart the circuit.

10 and 40 Step Circuits

10 Step Circuit

  The next diagram shows the 10 Step circuit from which the 20 Step circuit was developed. (No circuitboard is available for this circuit.)

40 Step Circuit

  It is possible to have longer step cycles by using a 4 stage Shift Register instead of the JK Flip-Flop as in the 20 step circuit. The following diagram is an example of a circuit with a 40 step sequence.

  NOTE: This circuit is not complete and is presented for information purposes only.

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Please Read Before Using These Circuit Ideas

  The explanations for the circuits on these pages cannot hope to cover every situation on every layout. For this reason be prepared to do some experimenting to get the results you want. This is especially true of circuits such as the "Across Track Infrared Detection" circuits and any other circuit that relies on other than direct electronic inputs, such as switches.

  If you use any of these circuit ideas, ask your parts supplier for a copy of the manufacturers data sheets for any components that you have not used before. These sheets contain a wealth of data and circuit design information that no electronic or print article could approach and will save time and perhaps damage to the components themselves. These data sheets can often be found on the web site of the device manufacturers.

  Although the circuits are functional the pages are not meant to be full descriptions of each circuit but rather as guides for adapting them for use by others. If you have any questions or comments please send them to the email address on the Circuit Index page.

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16 October, 2014