IR Break Beam Sensor – 5mm LED


IR Break Beam Sensor – 5mm LED


SKU: SEN-069


This IR break beam sensor works by detecting an object breaking a beam of IR light. This particular sensor has a range of up to 50 cm / 20″. You can power it from 3.3V or 5V, but 5V will get you better range and is what we suggest. The receiver is open collector transistor output which means that you do need a pull up resistor if you want to read a digital signal off the signal wire. Most microcontrollers have the ability to turn on a built in pull up resistor. If you do not, connect a 10K resistor between the white wire of the receiver and the red wire. If you want to control a relay or LED or whatever, it can sink up to 100mA to ground


  • Emitter: 5mm IR LED
  • Operating Voltage: DC 3.3VDC – 5.5VDC
  • Output Current: 100mA max sink
  • Response Time: <2ms
  • Sensing Distance: Up to 50cm
  • Operating Current: 20mA @ 5V
  • Sensing Angle: 10 degrees
  • Cable Length: 250mm / 10″

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