Capacitive sensors detect touch, force, or pressure on its surface. When there is contact, the circuit closes inside the sensor, and there is a flow of current.

Follow this guide to learn to turn an LED on and off with a touch sensor and an Arduino. In this guide, we will be using a capacitive touch sensor for Arduino and a Little Bird Uno R3 development board.

The completion of this guide will give you a better understanding of how touch sensors work, as well as how to use them in your own Arduino projects! 
    • Connect the Touch Sensor to 5V

    • Connect the Touch Sensor to Digital Pin 10

    • Connect the Touch Sensor to Ground

    • Insert LED into Breadboard with the Cathode (short leg) on the left hand side.

    • Insert 220 Ohm Resistor into the Breadboard.

    • Ensure that it is inline with the LED's anode (longer leg).

    • Connect the Cathode of the LED to Ground.

    • Connect 220 Ohm Resistor to Digital Pin 13

  1. int touch = 10;  // pin for touch sensor
    int ledPin = 13; // pin for the LED
    void setup() {
      pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT);
      pinMode(touch, INPUT);
    void loop() {
      int touchValue = digitalRead(touch);
      if (touchValue == HIGH){
        digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH);
        Serial.println("not touched");
    • Upload this code to your Arduino.

    • When you touch the blue area on the sensor the LED on Pin 13 should turn on. Also a red light switches on the sensor.