Monday, 21 September 2015

Light an LED using Raspberry Pi

After getting the Raspberry Pi working with my Samsung TV at home, it was time to try lighting up an LED. As part of the Raspberry Pi kit, following items were given: Resistors, LEDs, switches, capacitor.

I need just the LED and a resistor. But the package had 10K and 180 ohms resistors and I need 220-270 ohms resistor for the power supply in India. So, I had to buy a separate one for it.
The mother board does not show the pin numbers. It provides a separate piece which contains the pin numbers which can be fixed on the white bread board.

Connect the pins to the bread board. I also took the printout of a description of the pins for reference.

And then connected the LED, resistor to pin 40 and ground. I connected a red wire from pin 40 to the resistor. The other end of the resistor is next to the long side of the LED. And the short end of LED is connected to the ground.

While setting this up, I realized that this bread board is really small. Wish it was bigger. Anyway, powered up the RPi and added a python program in /home/pi called which contains the following code.

According to the image above, LED is attached to pin 40. So, the python program uses pin 40 as the output.

import RPi.GPIO as GPIO

import time

# blinking function
def blink(pin):


# to use Raspberry Pi board pin numbers
# set up GPIO output channel
GPIO.setup(40, GPIO.OUT)

# blink 50 times
for i in range(0,50):


Now run the python file:

sudo python

And Voila, the LED glowed. It blinked for 50 times.

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