17th October 2019

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What is a Photoresistor made out of?

Modern light dependent resistors are made of lead sulfide, lead selenide, indium antimonide, and most commonly cadmium sulfide and cadmium selenide. The popular cadmium sulfide types are often indicated as CdS photoresistors.

In this regard, how do LDR's work?

An LDR is a component that has a (variable) resistance that changes with the light intensity that falls upon it. This allows them to be used in light sensing circuits.

What is a thermistor and how does it work?

A thermistor is a resistance thermometer, or a resistor whose resistance is dependent on temperature. There are two types of thermistors: Negative Temperature Coefficient (NTC) and Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC). With an NTC thermistor, when the temperature increases, resistance decreases.

What is an LDR and what is it used for?

Light dependent resistors, LDRs or photoresistors are often used in circuits where it is necessary to detect the presence or the level of light. They can be described by a variety of names from light dependent resistor, LDR, photoresistor, or even photo cell, photocell or photoconductor.
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