How to build 24 hours timer circuit with IC 4060

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24 hour timer Circuit design
Electronic Timers are widely used in many gadgets and have limitless application in our daily life. You might have come across several timer electronic circuits which is capable of producing short time delay. The above shown electronic design capable of producing delay up to 24 hours so that it can be employed in numerous ways such as alarms, device activators etc. This diagram demonstrates how to build a 24 hours timer circuit it around an IC 4060. Let us move into working explanation of this circuit.

IC 4060:

PIn diagram of IC CD4060

IC 4060 is a formidable integrated circuit especially used for timing and oscillation purpose. It consists of ten active high outputs that can produce desired time delay from few seconds to hours. IC 4060 is a oscillator binary counter cum frequency divider. This Integrated circuit also has a inbuilt oscillator which is purely based on three inverters. The frequency of the internal oscillator is determined by the value of resistors and capacitors connected with it.


This timer works by means of inbuilt oscillator which was wired to produce a signal of specific frequency. When the oscillator is running the counter counts the number of oscillations and it is reflected in  the output pins of the Integrated circuit 4060.

RV1 a variable pot was used to alter the frequency of the oscillator, so we can control the speed of count. To be exact by controlling the speed count we can decide the time duration it will take for any given output pin to go high. And from that output pin you can switch your transistor to turn on the relay or activate any device using it.

Range table and setting table of CD4060 timer
        Range Table                                                                                     Setup Table

The above table illustrates the time delay output obtained from each of the pins in the IC 4060. Using this table and performing simple math can help you obtain any time delay of your desire. For example if you want a delay of period 9 hours , the range table shows that it can be obtained from pin 2 of the IC.

The pin 2 need to go high after 9 x 60 x60 = 32400 seconds and setup table tells you to divide this 512. This will give 63 seconds, all you need to do now is to adjust RV1 in such a way the LED1 lights 63 seconds after power is applied. This will give an output at pin 2 after about 9 hours, your desired time delay.

The diode D2 was used above to disable the oscillator once the output becomes high. Omit the Diode D2 to use this timer circuit in the repeating mode. Leaving the D2 will carry on the count indefinitely and the transistor will turn on and off at the same regular time intervals. Implement it in a PCB after proper designing and relay should be handled with care.



  • This IC 4060 is vulnerable to drift and can be improved by adding crystal or ceramic resonator to it. But still the accuracy obtained from it will be very low when dealing with long time periods.
  • So use this timer circuit with caution, it can be a great hobby DIY piece. Just don’t rely on this for your office or school 😛

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Right I’ve built countless timers in my fourty years in electronics and have found the 4060 to be too prone to drift unless a crystal or ceramic resonator is used n even then it’s far from accurate see a cap resistor timing components r just no good over long periods some even try to use mains frequency as a timing element big mistake just FYI.