LED stands for Light Emitting Diode

This project is designed as an introduction to soldering, identifying common components, using the resistor colour code and placing components correctly on stripboard. The LED flashes at about 3Hz (3 flashes per second).

Parts Required

• resistors: 470, 1k, 220k • 555 timer IC (chip)
• capacitor: 1μF 16V radial • battery clip for 9V PP3
• red LED (or orange, yellow or green if you prefer!) 
• stripboard: 6 rows × 21 holes
• 8-pin IC holder (a 'DIL socket') for the 555 IC


1. Solder the 8-pin IC holder in the correct place on the stripboard.

2. Break the 4 tracks under the IC holder with a track cutter tool. You can allow extra holes if your piece of stripboard is large enough.

3. Use the resistor colour code to identify the resistors which are marked with coloured bands to show their value.

4. Insert and solder the resistors in the correct position, they can be put in either way round, but you must line them up correctly with the IC holder.

5. Identify the other parts, then solder them in the correct position and the right way round. To help you identify the parts please see our page on soldering.

6. Solder the 2 wire links in place around the IC holder, it is easier to use plastic-coated singlecore wire. (The flexibility of stranded wire is not needed for connections like this and the strands can be difficult to push through the small hole).

7. Finally insert the 555 timer IC and connect a battery!

>>Click on the circuit image for clear view<<


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