An if statement allows you to choose between two discrete options, TRUE or FALSE. When there are more than two options, you can use multiple if statements, or you can use the switch statement. Switch allows you to choose between several discrete options. This tutorial shows you how to use it to switch between four desired states of a photo resistor: really dark, dim, medium, and bright.
This program first reads the photoresistor. Then it uses the
map() function to map its output to one of four values: 0, 1, 2, or 3. Finally, it uses the
switch() statement to print one of four messages back to the computer depending on which of the four values is returned.
The photoresistor is connected to analog in pin 0 using a voltage divider circuit. A 10Kilohm resistor makes up the other side of the voltage divider, running from analog in 0 to ground. The
analogRead() function returns a range of about 0 to 600 from this circuit in a reasonably lit indoor space.
Demonstrates the use of a switch statement. The switch
statement allows you to choose from among a set of discrete values
of a variable. It’s like a series of if statements.
To see this sketch in action, but the board and sensor in a well-lit
room, open the serial monitor, and and move your hand gradually
down over the sensor.
– photoresistor from analog in 0 to +5V
– 10K resistor from analog in 0 to ground
created 1 Jul 2009
modified 9 Apr 2012
by Tom Igoe
This example code is in the public domain.