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need help with transistor for driver

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goodpickles

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I need help decideing what transistor I should use to drive a relay. I have a photo cell the resistance on the OFF of state is 1K and on the ON state is 490ohms. My relay is 12 volts...on testing it kicks in at 6 volts and out at 2.

I have tried an LM3904 but at 12V that let about 2.3 volts leak threw.

Should i try a fet transistor.

I also have a moterola 8844 would that one work.
 

ljcox

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The circuit suggested by Screech is crude as it does not have a threshold nor any hystersis. So you need a Schmitt Trigger between the photo resistor and the transistor.

If you use a LM311, you would not need a transistor since it has adequate internal drive capability.

You also said "I have tried a LM3904 but at 12V that let about 2.3 volts leak through"

It is impossible to comment on this without a circuit to look at. If you post one, I'll be happy to help.

Len
 
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