IR Control Kit Hookup Guide

Contributors: Jimb0


Getting Started

Infrared (IR) is a cheap and (as you’ll soon discover) easy way to add wireless control to your project. The IR Control Kit gives you everything you need to take control of the extravisible light waves (or are they particles?), so you can remotely control your custom music box or build a controller for your TV or stereo.

IR Remote interfacing with Arduino

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to hook up all of the components included with the IR Control Kit, which includes:

IR Control Kit contents

Required Materials

In this tutorial, we’ll be using an Arduino to both transmit and interpret received IR data. On top of the components included with the IR Control Kit, you’ll also need these to follow along with this tutorial:

  • An Arduino (or Arduino-compatible board) and a means to program it.
  • A breadboard is optional but recommended to help with the hardware hookup.
  • As with the breadboard, jumper wires are optional but the recommended tool to wire between breadboard and Arduino.
  • The first of the examples uses an RGB LED to create a fun, IR-controlled RGB LED project. This is optional.
  • The second example uses a simple momentary push-button to trigger an IR code transmission. Optional again.

Suggested Reading

Want more information about SparkFun's classes? Interested in getting involved with teaching electronics? Just want to talk? Sign up for our newsletter, or contact our education department.

SparkFun is a company built around one core idea – sharing ingenuity. We think everyone should have the hardware and resources to learn and play with cool electronic gadgetry.

Share, give, learn, SparkFun.

Do you regularly instruct classes and workshops in a formal or informal learning environment? SparkFun offers Educator Discounts to people teaching and sharing electronics.

Find out more.