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. 708-2737
Mfr. Part No.TCRT1000
BrandVishay
HK$10.754
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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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Mfr. Part No.EE-SY1200
BrandOmron
HK$25.84
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4mm Phototransistor 30µs 30µs 10 4 Surface Mount SMD 3.2 x 1.9 x 1.1mm 1.1mm 3.2mm +85°C -25°C 1.9mm
RS Stock No. 165-2675
Mfr. Part No.TCRT1000
BrandVishay
HK$3.88
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1mm Phototransistor - - 1 4 Through Hole - 7 x 2.5 x 4mm 4mm 7mm +85°C -40°C 2.5mm
RS Stock No. 170-2820
Mfr. Part No.EE-SY1200
BrandOmron
HK$12.92
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4mm Phototransistor 30µs 30µs 10 4 Surface Mount SMD 3.2 x 1.9 x 1.1mm 1.1mm 3.2mm +85°C -25°C 1.9mm
RS Stock No. 862-9400
Mfr. Part No.QRE1113
HK$6.819
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- Phototransistor 20µs 20µs 1 4 Through Hole Miniature 3.6 x 2.9 x 1.7mm 1.7mm 3.6mm +85°C -40°C 2.9mm
RS Stock No. 178-7542
Mfr. Part No.QRE1113
HK$3.657
Each (In a Bag of 1600)
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- Phototransistor 20µs 20µs 1 4 Through Hole Miniature 3.6 x 2.9 x 1.7mm 1.7mm 3.6mm +85°C -40°C 2.9mm
RS Stock No. 496-6443
Mfr. Part No.HSDL-9100-021
BrandBroadcom
HK$18.48
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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5mm Photodiode 50ns 50ns - 4 Surface Mount SMD 6.9 x 2.78 x 2.7mm 2.7mm 6.9mm +85°C -40°C 2.75mm
RS Stock No. 178-2947
Mfr. Part No.HSDL-9100-021
BrandBroadcom
HK$8.44
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
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5mm Photodiode 50ns 50ns - 4 Surface Mount SMD 6.9 x 2.78 x 2.7mm 2.7mm 6.9mm +85°C -40°C 2.75mm
RS Stock No. 146-0745
Mfr. Part No.GP2Y0D02YK0F
BrandSharp
HK$60.41
Each (In a Tray of 50)
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80cm - - - - - Surface Mount - 37 x 13 x 21.6mm 21.6mm 37mm +60°C -10°C 13mm
RS Stock No. 894-7124
Mfr. Part No.SFH 7060
HK$24.946
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- - 16ns 16ns - 12 Surface Mount Chip 7.2 x 2.5 x 0.9mm 0.9mm 7.2mm +85°C -40°C 2.5mm
RS Stock No. 315-466
Mfr. Part No.GP2Y0D02YK0F
BrandSharp
HK$84.52
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900mm Digital - - - 3 Surface Mount - 29.5 x 13 x 21.6mm 21.6mm 29.5mm +60°C -10°C 13mm
RS Stock No. 146-0783
Mfr. Part No.GP2Y0D02YK0F
BrandSharp
HK$81.55
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80cm - - - - - Surface Mount - 37 x 13 x 21.6mm 21.6mm 37mm +60°C -10°C 13mm
RS Stock No. 178-7438
Mfr. Part No.GP2Y0A41SK0F
BrandSharp
HK$48.915
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300mm - - - - - - - - - - +60°C -10°C -
RS Stock No. 666-6568
Mfr. Part No.GP2Y0A41SK0F
BrandSharp
HK$86.11
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300mm - - - - - - - - - - +60°C -10°C -
RS Stock No. 785-7709
Mfr. Part No.TMD26711
Brandams
HK$11.665
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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100mm Photodiode 20ns 20ns 1 8 Surface Mount Flat No Lead 3.94 x 2.36 x 1.35mm 1.35mm 3.94mm +85°C -30°C 2.36mm
RS Stock No. 708-5017
Mfr. Part No.TCRT5000
BrandVishay
HK$10.578
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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2.5mm Phototransistor - - 1 - Through Hole PCB - 7mm 10.2mm + 85°C - 25°C -
RS Stock No. 170-0908
Mfr. Part No.TMD26711
Brandams
HK$15.282
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
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100mm Photodiode 20ns 20ns 1 8 Surface Mount Flat No Lead 3.94 x 2.36 x 1.35mm 1.35mm 3.94mm +85°C -30°C 2.36mm
RS Stock No. 919-0001
Mfr. Part No.TCRT5000
BrandVishay
HK$6.28
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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2.5mm - - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 740-5058
Mfr. Part No.NJL5901AR-1-TE1
HK$5.084
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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- Phototransistor 30µs 30µs 1 4 Surface Mount COBP - 0.6mm 1.6mm +85°C -30°C 1.3mm
RS Stock No. 919-0082
Mfr. Part No.CNY70
BrandVishay
HK$6.97
Each (In a Tube of 80)
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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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