IR Remote Switch

By K.S. Sankar

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Imagine the convenience of selecting TV channels using your remote and then pointing the same remote to your switchboard to switch on/off the fan or the tube light. Here is a simple infrared remote switch circuit to remotely switch on/off any electrical device through a relay using the normal TV/ VCR/VCP/VCD remote control unit. It works up to a distance of about 10 metres.

Infrared remote switch circuit

The circuit is built around a 3-pin IR IC receiver (Siemens SFH-506-38 or equivalent) that can detect 38kHz burst frequency generated by a TV remote. (This IR receiver module has been covered earlier in many projects published in EFY.)

Infrared remote switch circuit
Infrared remote switch circuit

The output pin of IR sensor goes low when it detects IR light, triggering the monostable (1-second) built around timer NE555. The output of the mono toggles the J-K flip flop, whose Q output drives the relay through SL100 npn transistor (T1). LED2, LED3, and LED4 are used to display the status of each output stage during circuit operation. Back-EMF diode D5 is used for protection. Transistor T1 is configured as an open-collector output device to drive the relay rated at 12V DC.

The circuit draws the power from voltage regulator 7805. Capacitor C5 is soldered close to the IR sensor’s pins to avoid noise and false triggering. Capacitor C3 and resistor R3 also avoid false triggering of monostable NE555. The monostable acts as a 1-second hysteresis unit to restrict the flip flop from getting re-triggered within one second. To activate any other 12V logic device, use the output across the relay coil terminals.


The article was first published in March 2002 and has recently been updated.