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Project for detecting PNP/NPN

  1. Jun 2, 2013 #1
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    Workinfg on a project for a teacher currently and need help designing the circuit for how to detect whether a sensor is PNP or NPN. I need to have 2 9V batteries power the NPN or PNP sensor and then have a spot for the third wire, where if it is positive output (PNP) (sourcing) then one LED lights up, whereas if it is negative output (NPN) (sinking), then a different LED lights up. Any help?
     
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  3. Jun 2, 2013 #2

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    Try to make a circuit with one LED first, I think the second one should be easy to add with an additional (known) transistor afterwards.
     
  4. Jun 2, 2013 #3
    Well I understand that but I only want to have 3 wire inputs for the sensor which then has both LED's tied to the same spot just each turns on depending on whether it gains a sourcing or sinking output from the sensor? does that make sense? I don't really know what to do for that, a bipolar transistor?
     
  5. Jun 3, 2013 #4

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    Just 3 connections for the LEDs? That's still possible.
    Try to convert "pnp<->npn" to "low potential<->high potential" (somewhere) first.
    Just 3 connections are easy if both LEDs can share a common connection to the power source (positive or negative side).
     
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