# PIR sensor pause

Hi All
I'm having some real trouble with a piece of code that should be pretty straightforward as I borrowed it from here. the code is:

``````/*
* //////////////////////////////////////////////////
* //making sense of the Parallax PIR sensor's output
* //////////////////////////////////////////////////
*
* Switches a LED according to the state of the sensors output pin.
* Determines the beginning and end of continuous motion sequences.
*
* @author: Kristian Gohlke / krigoo (_) gmail (_) com / http://krx.at
* @date:   3. September 2006
*
* kr1 (cleft) 2006
* released under a creative commons "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0" license
*
*
* The Parallax PIR Sensor is an easy to use digital infrared motion sensor module.
* (http://www.parallax.com/detail.asp?product_id=555-28027)
*
* The sensor's output pin goes to HIGH if motion is present.
* However, even if motion is present it goes to LOW from time to time,
* which might give the impression no motion is present.
* This program deals with this issue by ignoring LOW-phases shorter than a given time,
* assuming continuous motion is present during these phases.
*
*/
/////////////////////////////
//VARS
//the time when the sensor outputs a low impulse
long unsigned int lowIn;
//the amount of milliseconds the sensor has to be low
//before we assume all motion has stopped
long unsigned int pause = 20000;
boolean lockLow = true;
boolean takeLowTime;
int pirPin = 3;    //the digital pin connected to the PIR sensor's output
int ledPin = 12;
/////////////////////////////
//SETUP
void setup() {
Serial.begin(9600);
pinMode(pirPin, INPUT);
pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT);
}

////////////////////////////
//LOOP
void loop() {
if (digitalRead(pirPin) == HIGH && millis() > 1000) {
digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH);   //Code to run here
if (lockLow) {
//makes sure we wait for a transition to LOW before any further output is made:
lockLow = false;
Serial.println("---");
Serial.print("motion detected at ");
Serial.print(millis() / 1000);
Serial.println(" sec");
delay(50);
}
takeLowTime = true;
}
if (digitalRead(pirPin) == LOW) {
digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW);  //return steppers to home position here
if (takeLowTime) {
lowIn = millis();          //save the time of the transition from high to LOW
takeLowTime = false;       //make sure this is only done at the start of a LOW phase
}
//if the sensor is low for more than the given pause,
//we assume that no more motion is going to happen
if (!lockLow && millis() - lowIn > pause) {
//makes sure this block of code is only executed again after
//a new motion sequence has been detected
lockLow = true;
Serial.print("motion ended at ");      //output
Serial.print((millis() - pause) / 1000);
Serial.println(" sec");
delay(50);
}
}
}
``````

It should light up the led when the PIR is tripped and then remain on for 20 seconds (pause) after the PIR goes off. At the moment there is no pause at all, the second the PIR goes off, so does the led. I've read through it until my eyes went blurry and I'm still nowhere near working it out. anyone able to help?

Your code has two distinct sections, when pir is high and when pir is low.

When it is high, you turn on the LED, and it continues to loop around this section.

As soon as the pir is low, it enters the other section and the first thing you do is turn off the LED. Then you start looking at the pause.

Weedpharma

Brilliant! Thanks for that, have moved the line turning off the LED and it's working perfectly. For the sake of being complete if anyone else finds it useful, here's the working code:

``````/*
* //////////////////////////////////////////////////
* //making sense of the Parallax PIR sensor's output
* //////////////////////////////////////////////////
*
* Switches a LED according to the state of the sensors output pin.
* Determines the beginning and end of continuous motion sequences.
*
* @author: Kristian Gohlke / krigoo (_) gmail (_) com / http://krx.at
* @date:   3. September 2006
*
* kr1 (cleft) 2006
* released under a creative commons "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0" license
*
*
* The Parallax PIR Sensor is an easy to use digital infrared motion sensor module.
* (http://www.parallax.com/detail.asp?product_id=555-28027)
*
* The sensor's output pin goes to HIGH if motion is present.
* However, even if motion is present it goes to LOW from time to time,
* which might give the impression no motion is present.
* This program deals with this issue by ignoring LOW-phases shorter than a given time,
* assuming continuous motion is present during these phases.
*
*/
/////////////////////////////
//VARS
//the time when the sensor outputs a low impulse
long unsigned int lowIn;
//the amount of milliseconds the sensor has to be low
//before we assume all motion has stopped
long unsigned int pause = 20000;
boolean lockLow = true;
boolean takeLowTime;
int pirPin = 3;    //the digital pin connected to the PIR sensor's output
int ledPin = 12;
/////////////////////////////
//SETUP
void setup() {
Serial.begin(9600);
pinMode(pirPin, INPUT);
pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT);
}

////////////////////////////
//LOOP
void loop() {
if (digitalRead(pirPin) == HIGH && millis() > 1000) {
digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH);   //Code to run here
if (lockLow) {
//makes sure we wait for a transition to LOW before any further output is made:
lockLow = false;
Serial.println("---");
Serial.print("motion detected at ");
Serial.print(millis() / 1000);
Serial.println(" sec");
delay(50);
}
takeLowTime = true;
}
if (digitalRead(pirPin) == LOW) {
if (takeLowTime) {
lowIn = millis();          //save the time of the transition from high to LOW
takeLowTime = false;       //make sure this is only done at the start of a LOW phase
}
//if the sensor is low for more than the given pause,
//we assume that no more motion is going to happen
if (!lockLow && millis() - lowIn > pause) {
//makes sure this block of code is only executed again after
//a new motion sequence has been detected
lockLow = true;
Serial.print("motion ended at ");      //output
Serial.print((millis() - pause) / 1000);
Serial.println(" sec");
delay(50);
digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW);  //return steppers to home position here
}
}
}
``````