Six-LED Bar Power Indicator

Useful to monitor audio power delivered to loudspeakers

No power supply - no setup required

Circuit diagram:

Six-LED Bar Power Indicator


R1_____________220R  1/2W Resistor
R2,R5,R6,R8____100R  1/4W Resistors
R10,R12,R14____100R  1/4W Resistors
R3_____________220R  1/4W Resistor
R4,R7__________330R  1/2W Resistors
R9_____________560R  1/2W Resistor
R11____________820R  1/2W Resistor
R13______________1K2 1/2W Resistor

D1___________1N4004  400V 1A Diode
D2,D4,D6__BZX79C2V7  2.7V 500mW Zener Diodes
D3,D5,D7,D8,D9,D10   Red LEDs (Any dimension and shape) (See Notes)


This device, connected to the loudspeaker output of an audio amplifier, will indicate the instantaneous output power delivered to the loudspeaker(s) by means of six LEDs illuminating one after another by voltage values increasing little by little, providing the visual impression of a luminous bar or column, increasing and decreasing in height following the increase and decrease of the signal's level.
The input signal is first rectified by D1 and then sent to six different voltage dividers, one for each LED. In this way, the indication provided by the LEDs illumination of this "Power Display", will be related to the instantaneous power sunk by the whole loudspeaker cabinet.
Six output power levels are displayed by the LEDs in a 2W - 80W range (no setup required). Each nominal power level indication into 8 Ohms load is reached when the respective LED illuminates at full brightness.