I want to build a small circuit that will switch a LED on (for arguments sakes) when the cars ignition gets switched on. But I want to make it versatile so I can work with between 12V - 36V (Cars, Trucks, etc). What would be the best to read the Ignition status via the arduino. Know I have thought of an idea by working with voltage divider. Basically taking the principal of reading voltage Instructable Example and working from there. Any thoughts?
- input - series 220 ohm resistor, and a 78L05 voltage regulator (check for maximum voltage). This allows you handling like 4..30V and get a solid "1" on digitalRead. (4V input makes like 3V output which is still logic high).
you can use transistor bias circuit, opto-couples circuits, op amp circuit or a simple relay circuit, to get 5V output signal when 12V-36V signal is triggered.