Using an VEML6070 UV Sensor to calculate the UV-Index

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VEML6070 UV sensor

The VEML6070 is a UV sensor with I2C-Interface. It measures the UV light level but NOT the UV-Index. However, it is possible to convert the sensor readings to an equivalent UV-risk level/UV-Index.

Unlike the Si1145 (http://adafru.it/1777), this sensor will not give you UV Index readings. However, the Si1145 does UV Index approximations based on light level not true UV sensing. The VEML6070 in contrast does have a real light sensor in the UV spectrum.

Using the Sensor with Arduino

The sensor can be easily connected to the I2C pins of the Arduino (for Arduino UNO + Nano these are the pins A4 and A5).

To read the measurements the Adafruit_VEML6070-Library can be used. It can be installed directly via the Arduino Library Manager. Alternatively, it can be downloaded from GitHub: https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit_VEML6070

Convert measurements to UV-Risk level

The conversion is implemented in the equivalent Adafruit library for Circuit Python (https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit_CircuitPython_VEML6070). However it is not implemented in the Arduino version.

I adapted the Circuit Python code and created an extended example sketch with risk-level-conversion.

String convert_to_risk_level(int reading) 
{
  int integration_time = 4;   //available for Integration-Time 1, 2, 4
                              // MUST be adjusted according to the set integration time
  reading = reading / integration_time;

  String risk_level;

  if(reading <= 560)
      risk_level = "LOW (UV 0-2)";
  else if(reading > 560 && reading <= 1120)
      risk_level = "Moderate (UV 3-5)";
  else if(reading > 1120 && reading <= 1494)
      risk_level = "High (UV 6-7)";
  else if(reading > 1494 && reading <= 2054)
      risk_level = "Very High (UV 8-10)";
  else if(reading > 2054 && reading <= 9999)
      risk_level = "Extreme (UV >10)";
  else
      risk_level = "ERROR";

  return risk_level;
}

You can download the full example sketch here:

… or from the Github-Repository:

References/Sources: https://cdn-learn.adafruit.com/downloads/pdf/adafruit-veml6070-uv-light-sensor-breakout.pdf

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