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A Python library for accessing the VEML6070 digital UV light sensor from Vishay via python-smbus using the I2C interface.

Default settings are suitable for Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 and was successfully tested using a breakout.

I created this Python library in style of e.g. python-tsl2591 (of the TSL2591 light sensor) since I found either python code broken for my hardware or code targeted at Arduino.


Consult the datasheet, the application notes and see for clues how to use this library.

Not all functions of the chip are supported, especially not the interrupt handling since I had no use for this. Please send pull requests for improvements and bug fixes!

Serious Flaws before September 2019

In September 2019 it was discovered (and fixed) that:

  • previously the sensor was never shutdown between measurements which wastes power but still takes measurements successfully
  • the UVA light intensity was calculated wrongly (too high) for rset != RSET_240K due to wrong compensation: higher rset leads to higher sampling time leads to higher absolute ADC step counts which should lead to every ADC step indicating a smaller amount of W/(m*m) of UVA power and a higher precision of the final UVA power but it wrongly behaved the opposite way. The integration_time worked correctly all the time.


Run make help to find out about the available development commands.


Python files in this repository are released under the MIT license.