Reflective Optical Sensors

Reflective optical sensors are photoelectrical sensors that are used to detect the presence or absence of objects, or measure the distance to those objects. They are a non-contact type of sensor, often used in the automation industry. They can be used to provide real-time information in a manufacturing setting in order to keep processes running smoothly.

How do reflective optical sensors work?

A reflector is positioned opposite the light sensor, and a light beam is passed back and forth between the two. When an object is present, the beam is interrupted, and the sensor will send an electrical signal to the output device.

In some cases, polarising filters may be needed if the objects being detected are themselves reflective. These allow the sensor to tell the difference between light reflected by the reflector and the object.

Advantages of using reflective optical sensors

The advantage of using a reflective optical sensor over a through beam sensor is that they are much easier and less time consuming to install. This is because the transmitter and receiver are housed within the same body.


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RS Stock No. 145-1738
Mfr. Part No.TCRT5000L
BrandVishay
€0.668
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2.5mm Transistor - - 2 4 Through Hole Leaded 10.2 x 5.8 x 8.5mm 8.5mm 10.2mm +85°C -40°C 5.8mm
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€0.712
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2.5mm Transistor - - 2 4 Through Hole Leaded 10.2 x 5.8 x 8.5mm 8.5mm 10.2mm +85°C -40°C 5.8mm
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Mfr. Part No.TCRT1000
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€0.324
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1mm Phototransistor - - 1 4 Through Hole - 7 x 2.5 x 4mm 4mm 7mm +85°C -40°C 2.5mm
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€0.319
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1mm Phototransistor - - 1 4 Through Hole - 7 x 2.5 x 4mm 4mm 7mm +85°C -40°C 2.5mm
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€0.647
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Mfr. Part No.TCRT5000
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€1.056
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2.5mm Phototransistor - - 1 - Through Hole PCB - 7mm 10.2mm + 85°C - 25°C -
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€1.13
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0.5mm Phototransistor - - 1 4 Through Hole - 7 x 7 x 6mm 6mm 7mm +85°C -40°C 7mm
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€0.722
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0.5mm Phototransistor - - 1 4 Through Hole - 7 x 7 x 6mm 6mm 7mm +85°C -40°C 7mm
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Mfr. Part No.VCNL4010-GS08
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€2.74
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200mm Microcontroller - - 1 13 Surface Mount - 3.95 x 3.95 x 0.75mm - - +85°C -25°C -
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Mfr. Part No.VCNT2020
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€0.399
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2.5mm Phototransistor 10µs 15µs - 4 Surface Mount SMD 2.5 x 2 x 0.8mm 0.8mm 2.5mm 85°C -25°C 2mm
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Mfr. Part No.TCND5000
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€1.024
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6mm Photodiode 800ns 800ns 1 4 Surface Mount - 6 x 3.7 x 3.75mm - - +85°C -40°C -
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Mfr. Part No.TCRT1010
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€0.446
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1mm Transistor - - 2 4 Through Hole Leaded 7 x 2.5 x 4mm 4mm 7mm +85°C -25°C 2.5mm
RS Stock No. 165-6261
Mfr. Part No.TCRT1010
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€0.354
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1mm Transistor - - 2 4 Through Hole Leaded 7 x 2.5 x 4mm 4mm 7mm +85°C -25°C 2.5mm
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Mfr. Part No.TCND5000
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€2.35
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6mm Photodiode 800ns 800ns 1 4 Surface Mount - 6 x 3.7 x 3.75mm - - +85°C -40°C -
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Mfr. Part No.VCNT2020
BrandVishay
€0.485
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2.5mm Phototransistor 10µs 15µs - 4 Surface Mount SMD 2.5 x 2 x 0.8mm 0.8mm 2.5mm 85°C -25°C 2mm
RS Stock No. 919-1001
Mfr. Part No.VCNL4010-GS08
BrandVishay
€1.25
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200mm Microcontroller - - 1 13 Surface Mount - 3.95 x 3.95 x 0.75mm - - +85°C -25°C -