VEML6075 ultraviolet light sensor and micro:bit

The VEML6075 senses UVA and UVB light and incorporates photodiode, amplifiers, and analog / digital circuits into a single chip using a CMOS process. When the UV sensor is applied, it is able to detect UVA and UVB intensity to provide a measure of the signal strength as well as allowing for UVI measurement.

The VEML6075 provides excellent temperature compensation capability for keeping the output stable under changing temperature. VEML6075’s functionality is easily operated via the simple command format of I2C (SMBus compatible) interface protocol. VEML6075’s operating voltage ranges from 1.7 V to 3.6 V.

 

Shopping List

Amount Part Type
1 VEML6075
1 BBC micro:bit bulk micro-controller with motion detection, compass, LED display and Bluetooth

 

Schematics/Layout

microbit and VEML6075
microbit and VEML6075

 

Code

 

Again we use a library  – https://github.com/NorthernWidget/VEML6075

 
[codesyntax lang="cpp"]
#include <VEML6075.h>
 
VEML6075 UV;
 
void setup()
{
Serial.begin(38400); //Begin Serial
UV.begin(); //Begin the UV module
 
}
 
void loop()
{
Serial.print("UVA = ");
Serial.print(UV.GetUVA()); //Get compensated UVA value
Serial.print(" UVB = ");
Serial.println(UV.GetUVB()); //Get compensated UVB value
delay(1000);
}

 

 

 

Output

Open the serial monitor - this is what I saw

UVA = 0.00 UVB = 3.00
UVA = 0.00 UVB = 0.00
UVA = 0.00 UVB = 1.00
UVA = 0.00 UVB = 2.00
UVA = 0.00 UVB = 1.00
UVA = 0.00 UVB = 3.00
UVA = 0.00 UVB = 1.00
UVA = 0.00 UVB = 1.00

Links

https://www.vishay.com/docs/84304/veml6075.pdf

I2C Interface 3.3V Board Based on VEML6075 UVA UVB Light Sensor Module