Introduction 

In this project, I will show how to operate any electrical without making physical contact with the switch by implementing a Wireless Switch Circuit using CD4027 IC.

Generally, electrical and electronic appliances that we use in our home are controlled with the help of switches i.e. we toggle the switches to turn the appliance ON or OFF. But in this project, I will show an interesting way to control any device like a Light Bulb for example. 

The method implemented here involves a Wireless Switch Circuit where when you slide our hand in front of the circuit, the device (like Lamp) will be turned ON and if you slide your hand once again, the device will be turned OFF. 

Using this simple Wireless Switch Circuit, you can avoid the dangers of having physical contact with the switches.

Wireless Switch Circuit using CD4027 Image 1

Circuit Principle 

The main principle of this Wireless Switch Circuit is in the functioning of LDR, LM741 Op-Amp and a CD4027 JK Flip-Flop IC. In this circuit, all you need is to pass your hand above a simple Light Sensor, the infamous LDR.

The LDR is configured in such a way that, light from an LED will continuously fall on the LDR and when you place your hand over (or pass your hand between the LED and LDR), the device connected to the circuit will turn ON. 

This change is detected by an Op-Amp (LM741 is used here) and triggers a flip-flop (CD4027 is used). The device will stay turned ON until you pass your hand over the LDR again. 

Circuit Diagram of Wireless Switch Circuit using CD4027

The following image shows the circuit diagram of the project. 

Wireless Switch Circuit using CD4027 Circuit Diagram 1

Components Required

  • CD4027 – 1
  • LM741 – 1
  • Resistors
    • 10KΩ – 3
    • 33KΩ – 1
    • 1KΩ – 1
  • LDR
  • LED
  • 5V Relay Module
  • Lamp

Circuit Design

The design of the circuit is very simple. First, connect a voltage divider (using either two resistors or a potentiometer) to the Inverting terminal (Pin 2) of the Op-Amp LM741. Now, Connect the combination of LDR and a resistor (which again form a voltage divider) to the Non-Inverting terminal (Pin 3) of the Op-Amp. 

Place an independent LED (with current limiting resistor) in from of the LDR so that the light from LED will always fall on the LDR. 

Wireless Switch Circuit using CD4027 Image 2

Connect the output (Pin 6) of the Op-Amp to the clock (Pin 13) of the Flip-Flop IC CD4027. The output of the Flip-Flop (Pin 15) is connected to the Relay Input of the 5V Relay Module. 

Finally, connect the J (Pin 10) and K (Pin 11) Pins of CD4027 to +5V and Set (Pin 9) and Reset (Pin 12) to GND. Rest of the connections with respect to the power supply are self-explanatory. 

NOTE: In place of two fixed resistors that are connected to the Inverting Input of the Op-Amp, you can connect a Potentiometer and vary the sensitivity of the circuit. 

WARNING: If you are planning to use a real light bulb (that run on AC Mains Supply) with the relay module, you must be extremely careful when making the connections.

Wireless Switch Circuit Working

It is very simple to understand the working of the circuit. The circuit mainly depends on two ICs. First one is LM741, which is an Operational Amplifier. The LM741 Op-Amp is employed as a comparator for sensing LDR voltage and a reference voltage.

Another one is the JK Flip-Flop IC CD4027. It consists of two JK Flip-Flops with individual Set and Reset pins. CD4027 is used to alter the state when the signal is given to any one of the input terminals and can get more than a single output. 

Under normal conditions, the output of the Op-Amp is always LOW since the LDR will continuously receive the light from the LED. 

Wireless Switch Circuit using CD4027 Image 3

Now, as soon as someone passes their hand over the LDR, Pin 3 of the Op-Amp will be at a higher voltage when compared with the Pin 2 and as a result, the Pin 6 will become High for a moment. 

This HIGH state is supplied as a clock pulse to Pin 13 of CD4027 (flip flop IC). As both J and K inputs of the flip-flop are tied HIGH, a clock pulse will toggle the Output i.e. will make the Output HIGH. 

As this Output pin of CD4027 is connected to the input of the relay, the lamp connected to the relay will be turned ON. 

If you pass your hand over the LDR once again, the process repeats and this time, the output of the CD4027 IC will become LOW (Toggle from HIGH to LOW). This will result in a LOW input on the relay and the lamp will be turned OFF. 

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