Today I took one 7 segment display from my college lab. While I’ve used these before, I saw this after a long time. Now I was trying to remember how to operate it. The one that I got was common cathode type. So in this cathode is common. Now cathode is the negative terminal of 7 segment display and needs to be grounded. So logically if you want any segment to glow you need to supply Vcc. But 7 segment display is nothing more than a group of led’s arranged in specific order and of particular shape. So like any ordinary led’s it will definitely burn if the current exceeds the rated value. That is why we normally use current limiting resistors. But testing using that set up is tedious. So we’ll learn how to test the segments using a multimeter.
Above figure shows both the variants of 7 segment displays i.e the common anode and common cathode.
Steps involved in testing: