CDS Photocell


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SKU: SEN-123 Mfg Part Number: 5539 Category: Tags: , ,


A CDS photocell (or Light Dependant Resistor / LDR) is a resistor where the resistance changes based on the amount of light. These make great basic light sensors as they are extremely easy to use. As the amount of light increases the resistance of the sensor decreases and vice versa. Resistance ranges from ~500 Ohms in direct sunlight to ~5K Ohms in a lit room, and in excess of 500K Ohms in the dark.

To use the photocell you will need a single 10K ohm resistor. The resistor is connected between your analog pin and ground while the photocell is connected between the analog pin and your power. The photocell is symmetrical so there is no need to worry about hooking it up backwards!



  • Breadboard compatible
  • Resistance Range: 500 – 500K+
  • Width: 5mm / 0.2″
  • Easy to use
  • Length: 4.5mm / 0.18″
  • Height: 2.1mm / 0.08″



CDS Photocell:


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  Difficulty Level

Soldering Skill: N/A
Prototyping Skill: Beginner
Programming Skill: N/A

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  Product Attributes

Weight: 3 g

  Warranty Policy

This product has a 30 Day Warranty from the date of delivery. The item must not be modified, abused, incorrectly hooked up, or used for purposes outside the original scope of design.

  Return Policy

This product is returnable Within 14 Days of delivery for a store credit. Item must be unopened, unused, and in re-saleable condition.

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