24V flasher circuit

john March 3, 2010 11 Comments

Description.

The circuit shown here works from 24V DC and can flash two 24V bulbs alternatively. The circuit is nothing but an astable multivibrator operating at 1Hz and 50% duty cycle. The lamp to be flashed is connected in place of the collector resistor (Rc) of a typical design. 2N3055 transistors which are well known for their ruggedness are used here. They can handle collector currents up to 10A. So a wide range of lamps (in terms of wattage) can be connected to this circuit.

Circuit Diagram.

24V flasher circuit

Notes.

  • Assemble the circuit on a good quality PCB.
  • Use 24V DC for powering this circuit.
  • Lamp L1 and L2 can be 24V/25W type.
  • It is advised to fit the transistors with heat sinks.
  • Flashing rate can be modified by adjusting the values of R1, R2, C1 and C2.
Comments
  • shubham
    December 20, 2013

    what will be the voltage across the lamp while flash?

  • March 26, 2013

    I need a 24volt dc powered flasher circuit so that the flash rate speed can be adjusted with a single knob. I only plan to flash one 24 volt string of led lamps . Need to vary the speed of flash a must have. What circuit might you recommend?

    • Seetharaman
      March 30, 2013

      Hi Thomas you can replace the resistances R1 and R2 with 470K linear stereo potentiometer used as a rheostat in series with 10K resistances to limit minimum value to 10K and maximum to 480K. since both the resistances are equally varied it will give you sufficient range as well equal on / off timing.

      • Mubarak Shah
        January 4, 2015

        Hi SeetharaI man wish you all the best ineed your favor regarding 12-24VDC flashe, If I have your email i wil email you the images regarding that flasher

        • Charles brumback
          July 13, 2015

          Would you please email me the immages and any other info on this flasher system. I wish to try to buuild one to flash my light tower.

  • Marco
    January 3, 2012

    Hi seetharaman
    Thanks for answering! 😀

  • seetharaman
    January 3, 2012

    Hi Macro yes you can.

  • Marco
    January 3, 2012

    Can I do the same thing with 12V, and with 12V lamps?

  • senam
    November 6, 2011

    how is the simulation done? can you give me a more detailed explanation of how the circuit works and also the functions of the various components in the circuit.please i need these information within the shortest possible time. thanks

  • seetharaman
    December 31, 2010

    Hi Noob F = 1 / (1.38 R C), where F is in Hz, R is in ohms and C is in Farades. (R = 72K and C = 10uF)

  • Noob
    December 31, 2010

    Hi,i want to know how to calculate flash rate of Bulbs but don’t know how, Can you please give some formula for this

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