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Si1145 UV detector ESP8266 project

by iainhendry71

In this ESP8266 project we will create a UV detector using a Wemos Mini connected to a triple base shield and with a TFT 1.44 shield fitted as well. We then connect an Si1145 sensor to this

This is a picture of my setup

The Si1145/46/47 is a low-power, reflectance-based, infrared proximity, ultraviolet (UV) index, and ambient light sensor with I2C digital interface and programmable event interrupt output. This touchless sensor IC includes an analog-to-digital converter, integrated high-sensitivity visible and infrared photodiodes, digital signal processor, and one, two, or three integrated infrared LED drivers with fifteen selectable drive levels.

The Si1145/46/47 offers excellent performance under a wide dynamic range and a variety of light sources including direct sunlight. The Si1145/46/47 can also work under dark glass covers.

The photodiode response and associated digital conversion circuitry provide excellent immunity to artificial light flicker noise and natural light flutter noise. With two or more LEDs, the Si1146/47 is capable of supporting multiple-axis proximity motion detection. The Si1145/46/47 devices are provided in a 10-lead 2×2 mm QFN package and are capable of operation from 1.71 to 3.6 V over the –40 to +85 °C temperature range.

TFT Connection

The shield uses the following pins

D1 mini Shield
D3*(D0/D4/D8) TFT_DC
D4*(D0/D3/D8) TFT_CS
NC*(D0/D3/D4/D8) TFT_LED

Parts List

You need the following parts

name Link
ESP8266 D1 mini – Mini NodeMcu 4M bytes Lua WIFI Internet of Things development board based ESP8266 by WeMos
Triple Base shield Tripler Base V1.0.0 Shield for WeMos D1 Mini
TFT 1.4 shield
Si1145 breakout SI1145 UV IR Visible Sensor I2C GY1145 Light Breakout Board Module
connecting wire Free shipping Dupont line 120pcs 20cm male to male + male to female and female to female jumper wire



This shows the Si1145 connection to a Wemos only – in my example I connect the sensor to the triple base shield




This example requires the Adafruit Si1145 library, you can add this via the library manager or download from https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit_SI1145_Library

You need to install the Adafruit_GFX and Adafruit_ST7735 libraries for the TFT. You can do this in the Arduino libraries

#include <Adafruit_GFX.h> // Core graphics library
#include <Adafruit_ST7735.h> // Hardware-specific library
#include <SPI.h>
#include <Wire.h>
#include "Adafruit_SI1145.h"
#define TFT_RST -1
#define TFT_CS D4
#define TFT_DC D3
Adafruit_ST7735 tft = Adafruit_ST7735(TFT_CS, TFT_DC, TFT_RST);
Adafruit_SI1145 uv = Adafruit_SI1145();
void setup(void)
  Serial.println("Adafruit SI1145 test");
  if (! uv.begin()) {
    Serial.println("Didn't find Si1145");
    while (1);
  tft.setTextWrap(false); // Allow text to run off right edge
void loop(void)
  tft.setCursor(3, 3);
  tft.print("Si1145 example");
  tft.setCursor(3, 13);
  tft.print("Vis: ");
  tft.setCursor(3, 23);
  float UVindex = uv.readUV();
  UVindex /= 100.0; 
  tft.print("UV: ");




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