Color Detector using Arduino Uno

In this project we are going to interface TCS3200 color sensor with Arduino UNO. TCS3200 is a color sensor which can detect any number of colors with right programming. TCS3200 contains RGB (Red Green Blue) arrays. As shown in figure on microscopic level one can see the square boxes inside the eye on sensor. These square boxes are arrays of RGB matrix. Each of these boxes contain Three sensors, One is for sensing RED light intensity, One is for sensing GREEN light intensity and the last in for sensing BLUE light intensity.




Each of sensor arrays in these three arrays are selected separately depending on requirement. Hence it is known as programmable sensor. The module can be featured to sense the particular color and to leave the others. It contains filters for that selection purpose. There is forth mode that is no filter mode. With no filter mode the sensor detects white light.


Components Required

Hardware: ARDUINO UNO, power supply (5v), LED, JHD_162ALCD (16*2LCD),TCS3200 color sensor.

Software: ARDUINO IDE (ARDUINO nightly).

Circuit Diagram and Working Explanation

In 16×2 LCD there are 16 pins over all if there is a back light, if there is no back light there will be 14 pins. One can power or leave the back light pins. Now in the 14 pins there are 8 data pins (7-14 or D0-D7), 2 power supply pins (1&2 or VSS&VDD or GND&+5v), 3rd pin for contrast control (VEE-controls how thick the characters should be shown), and 3 control pins (RS&RW&E)

In the circuit, you can observe I have only took two control pins. The contrast bit and READ/WRITE are not often used so they can be shorted to ground. This puts LCD in highest contrast and read mode. We just need to control ENABLE and RS pins to send characters and data accordingly. [Also check: LCD interfacing with Arduino Uno]

The connections which are done for LCD are given below:

PIN1 or VSS to ground

PIN2 or VDD or VCC to +5v power

PIN3 or VEE to ground (gives maximum contrast best for a beginner)

PIN4 or RS (Register Selection) to PIN8 of ARDUINO UNO

PIN5 or RW (Read/Write) to ground (puts LCD in read mode eases the communication for user)

PIN6 or E (Enable) toPIN9 of ARDUINO UNO

PIN11 or D4 to PIN7 of ARDUINO UNO

PIN12 or D5 to PIN11 of ARDUINO UNO

PIN13 or D6 to PIN12 of ARDUINO UNO

PIN14 or D7 to PIN13 of ARDUINO UNO

The connections which are done for color sensor are given below:

VDD to +5V


OE (output Enable) to GND

S0 to UNO pin 2

S1 to UNO pin 3

S2 to UNO pin 4

S3 to UNO pin 5

OUT to UNO pin 10


The color which needs to be sensed by the color sensor is selected by two pins S2 and S3. With these two pins logic control we can tell sensor which color light intensity is to be measured.

Say we need to sense the RED color intensity we need to set both pins to LOW. Once that is done the sensor detects the intensity and sends the value to the control system inside the module.

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About The Author

Ibrar Ayyub

I am an experienced technical writer holding a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan, Pakistan University. With a background spanning various industries, particularly in home automation and engineering, I have honed my skills in crafting clear and concise content. Proficient in leveraging infographics and diagrams, I strive to simplify complex concepts for readers. My strength lies in thorough research and presenting information in a structured and logical format.

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