RS-232 Tx / Rx monitoring LEDs?

tony duell ard at
Sun Aug 23 13:46:03 CDT 2015

> Those ubiquitous motion detectors for outdoor lights use capacitive dropping to supply the
> low voltage for the ICs and electronics. Cap and small R in series with the AC input to a bridge rectifier.
> Works out well in that the bridge rectifier permits current flow in both directions, which is
> necessary to get current flow through the cap (the cap has to charge and discharge).

Over here that sort of circuit was common for the power supply for the control electronics
in washing machines and the like. It may still be, I've not worked on anything that recent.


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