Bicolour LED flasher circuit

Basically this circuit is similar to some flasher circuits already published in using IC555 as a free running multivibrator. The only difference lies in the way it flash using bi-colour LEDs.

When output at pin 3 of IC 555 goes high it operates on group of LEDs. By inverting the IC’s low output by pnp transistor BC558 the other group of LEDs is made to flash.

AS shown in  circuit diagram the LEDs are arranged in alternately reversed order so that a “twinkle twinkle little stars” effect is produced. The 100K preset VR1 sets the blinking rate.

The circuit diagram for the project is:

bicolor led flasher

To maintain simplicity I omitted the current limiting resistor. So, the red and green LEDs may not flash with equal intensity (as they require different threshold voltage).


Resistors (all ¼-watt, ± 5% Carbon)

R1, R2 = 1.5 KΩ

R3 = 330 Ω

VR1 = 100 KΩ


C1 = 10 µF/10V


IC1 = NE555

T1 = BC558

LED1 – LED5 = Bi-colour LEDs


5 thoughts on “Bicolour LED flasher circuit”

  1. pretendo montar o circuito acima dos 5 leds bicolores do circuito de pisca-pisca, e estou com uma duvida de ligação dos resistores para limitar a corrente dos leds, sei fazer os calculos dos resistores mas a duvida é na ligação, sera que eu ligo os resistores no anodo dos leds ou no catodo que esta ligado no negativo.

  2. How to make the red and green led to flash in equal intensity? It looks bad when green glows in lesser intensity than red.

  3. can u plz provide the detailed working of this (bicolour led flasher) project as i have to put as a synopsis of my college project

  4. Dear Sir,

    Please sent me the circuit diagram of a bi-colour LED flasher (Single LED) in 230 V AC to my email address.

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