Vishay has a lot of light sensors out there, and this is a nice simple lux sensor that’s easy to add to any microcontroller. Most light sensors just give you a number for brighter/darker ambient lighting. The VEML7700 makes your life easier by calculating the lux, which is an SI unit for light. You’ll get more consistent readings between multiple sensors because you aren’t dealing with some unit-less values.
It’s also one of the very few light/lux sensors we’ve ever seen that is right angle – that means that it senses light that is coming parallel to the PCB surface, not perpendicular.
The sensor has 16-bit dynamic range for ambient light detection from 0 lux to about 120 klux with resolution down to 0.0036 lx/ct, with software-adjustable gain and integration times.
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