Both the resistive and capacitive versions of this shield have the ability to dim the backlight and get an interrupt from the resistive or capacitive touch controller chip on-board.

Controlling the Backlight

By default, we assume you'll want the backlight on all the time. However, you may want to PWM control or otherwise turn off the LED backlight to save power. You can do this with a simple hack. On the back, look for the backlight jumper.

On the resistive TFT touch shield
Solder the jumper labeled Pin 3. Then you can use Digital 3 to control the backlight.

On the capacitive TFT touch shield
Solder the jumper labeled Pin 5. Then you can use Digital 5 to control the backlight.

Touchscreen Interrupt pin

Advanced users may want to get an interrupt on a pin (or even, just test a pin rather than do a full SPI query) when the touchscreen is pressed. You can do that by jumpering the #7 solder jumper labeled TS int. We didn't want it to connect to #2 or #3 since those are the Leonardo I2C pins. You can use pin change interrupts to get an interrupt callback on #7. Or, with a little blue wire, advanced users can connect a wire from the TS interrupt pad to any pin they choose. We find that querying/polling the chip is fast enough for most beginner Arduino projects!

This guide was first published on Jan 03, 2014. It was last updated on Jul 23, 2024.

This page (Backlight & Touch IRQ) was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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