Using a 4 Digit 7 Segment display

The 4 Digit 7 segment display I used had 4 common anodes (1 for each digit) and 8 connecting pins for each segment as well as decimal point.

The top row of pins were 12 (anode 1st digit), 11, 10, 9 (anode 2nd digit), 8 (anode 3rd digit), 7, the bottom row of pins were 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (anode 4th digit).

Here's a diagram of the pin layout.

Example code

/* SevSeg Counter Example
 
 Copyright 2014 Dean Reading
 
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 you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
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 limitations under the License.
 
 
 This example demonstrates a very simple use of the SevSeg library with a 4
 digit display. It displays a counter that counts up, showing deci-seconds.
 */

#include "SevSeg.h"

SevSeg sevseg; //Instantiate a seven segment controller object

void setup() {
  byte numDigits = 4;   
  byte digitPins[] = {12, 9, 8, 6};
  byte segmentPins[] = {11, 7, 4, 2, 1, 10, 5};

  sevseg.begin(COMMON_ANODE, numDigits, digitPins, segmentPins);
  sevseg.setBrightness(10);

}

void loop() {
  static unsigned long timer = millis();
  static int deciSeconds = 0;
  
  if (millis() >= timer) {
    deciSeconds++; // 100 milliSeconds is equal to 1 deciSecond
    timer += 100; 
    if (deciSeconds == 10000) { // Reset to 0 after counting for 1000 seconds.
      deciSeconds=0;
    }
    sevseg.setNumber(deciSeconds, 1);
  }

  sevseg.refreshDisplay(); // Must run repeatedly
}

/// END ///

Output:

Here's a short video of the 4 digit 7 segment display counting up from 0

Note: There's a nuisance factor with digit 1, where segment A remains on when it shouldn't.

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Source:
2114hrs.txt
Published:
25-02-2016 21:14