LED Bar Graph

Learn how to make an LED bar graph - a series of LEDs in a line.

The bar graph - a series of LEDs in a line, such as you see on an audio display - is a common hardware display for analog sensors. It's made up of a series of LEDs in a row, an analog input like a potentiometer, and a little code in between. You can buy multi-LED bar graph displays fairly cheaply, like this one. This tutorial demonstrates how to control a series of LEDs in a row, but can be applied to any series of digital outputs.

This tutorial borrows from the For Loop and Arrays tutorial as well as the Analog Input tutorial.

A bar graph display

Hardware Required

  • Arduino Board

  • LED bar graph display or 10 LEDs

  • Potentiometer

  • 10 220 ohm resistors

  • hook-up wires

  • breadboard

Circuit

circuit

Schematic

schematic

Code

The sketch works like this: first you read the input. You map the input value to the output range, in this case ten LEDs. Then you set up a for loop to iterate over the outputs. If the output's number in the series is lower than the mapped input range, you turn it on. If not, you turn it off.

Learn more

You can find more basic tutorials in the built-in examples section.

You can also explore the language reference, a detailed collection of the Arduino programming language.

Last revision 2015/07/28 by SM

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