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12V DC Light Dimmer Circuit Using 555 Timer IC
This is a 12 volt at 2 amp Lamp dimmer that can be used to dim a standard 25 watt bulb by controlling the duty cycle of a astable 555 timer oscillator.
When the potentiometer is at the up position, the capacitor will charge quickly through both 1k resistors and the diode, producing a short positive interval and long negative interval which dims the lamp to near darkness.
When the potentiometer is at the lower position, the capacitor will charge through both 1k resistors and the 50k potentiometer and discharge through the lower 1k resistor, producing a long positive interval and short negative interval which brightens the lamp to near full intensity.
The duty cycle of the 200Hz square wave can be varied from approximately 5% to 95%.
You can drive more power light using 2 or more parallel 2n2955 transistors with good heat sink.