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Fading

Demonstrates the use of analog output (Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)) to fade an LED. PWM is a technique for getting an analog-like behavior from a digital output by switching it off and on very fast.

Circuit

An LED connected to digital output pin 9 through a 220-ohm resistor.

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Schematic

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Code

/*
 Fading
 
 This example shows how to fade an LED using the analogWrite() function.
 
 The circuit:
 * LED attached from digital pin 9 to ground.
 
 Created 1 Nov 2008
 By David A. Mellis
 modified 30 Aug 2011
 By Tom Igoe
 
 http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Fading
 
 This example code is in the public domain.
 
 */



int ledPin = 9;    // LED connected to digital pin 9

void setup()  {
  // nothing happens in setup
}

void loop()  {
  // fade in from min to max in increments of 5 points:
  for(int fadeValue = 0 ; fadeValue <= 255; fadeValue +=5) {
    // sets the value (range from 0 to 255):
    analogWrite(ledPin, fadeValue);        
    // wait for 30 milliseconds to see the dimming effect    
    delay(30);                            
  }

  // fade out from max to min in increments of 5 points:
  for(int fadeValue = 255 ; fadeValue >= 0; fadeValue -=5) {
    // sets the value (range from 0 to 255):
    analogWrite(ledPin, fadeValue);        
    // wait for 30 milliseconds to see the dimming effect    
    delay(30);                            
  }
}

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