This circuit uses digital circuits such as a demultiplexer and a binary counter to create patterns of “moving” led lights. This basic circuit is really cool when used in the dark or to light up a sign of some sort, as it creates a cool pattern that catches the eye.
The bi-directional sequencer uses a 4 bit binary up/down counter (CD4516) and two “1 of 8 line decoders” (74HC138 or 74HCT138) to generate the popular “Night Rider” display.
The circuit below uses a hex Schmitt Trigger inverter (74HC14) and two 8 bit Serial-In/Parallel-Out shift registers (74HCT164 or 74HC164) to sequence 16 LEDs.
This circuit is similar to the LED clock using 12 neon indicator lamps instead of LEDs.