Humidity sensor HIH-4000 series with LCD-screen and Arduino

Here’s source code and information about my humidity sensor project. The LCD screen is connected following this datasheet from arduino examples. I might add photos of my setup later.

And this is how I connected the humidity sensor:


Honeywell HIH-4000 datasheet

Arduino LCD Hello World example

Source code:

// include the library code:
#include <LiquidCrystal.h>
// initialize the library with the numbers of the interface pins
LiquidCrystal lcd(12, 11, 5, 4, 3, 2);
int sensorPin = 0;
int sensorValue = 0;  // variable to store the value coming from the sensor
float voltage = 0;
float RH = 0;
void setup() {
  // set up the LCD's number of rows and columns:
  lcd.begin(16, 1);
void loop() {
  // read the value from the sensor:
  sensorValue = analogRead(sensorPin);
  // (1 = 0.0049V) 0-1023 range
  voltage = sensorValue * 0.0049;
  // Relative humidity(RH) (These are the values for my sensor, yours may differ a bit):
  // 0% = about 163
  // 100% = about 795
  // With roughly linear response.
  // 795 - 163 = 632 (points in the sensor's range)
  // 6.32 points = 1% RH
  RH = (sensorValue - 163) / 6.32;
  if (RH < -5) {
    lcd.print("Check sensor!");
  } else {
    lcd.setCursor(0, 0);
    lcd.print(sensorValue); //Analog input value in range of 0-1023
    lcd.setCursor(5, 0);
    lcd.print(voltage); //Voltage calculated from the previous value, see comment above
    lcd.setCursor(10, 0);
    lcd.print(RH); //Relative humidity in percent

Update 17.04.2010: For those who want temperature correction and supply voltage correction (for use with for example DS2438), here’s how to calculate that:
Relative humidity = ((Voltage A/D)/(VCC) – 0.16) * 161.29 / 1.0546 – (0.00216 * (Temperature in C))

5 thoughts on “Humidity sensor HIH-4000 series with LCD-screen and Arduino”

  1. Hi!! 🙂
    I really need your help. Im currently doing a humidity controller. I bought and used HS1101 but cant get the correct RH reading. Do i need to replace my sensor with HIH-4000? Can i achieve accurate reading with this sensor? Thanks 🙂

  2. Hello,

    Unfortunately I don’t have experience with your particular sensor and can’t help you with that.

    With HIH-4000 sensor I’m seeing about 1% relative humidity of noise and the appears to give results close enough to the real humidity that I haven’t noticed any errors. I have not tested this sensor against a known good reference so I don’t know how much it’s off from the absolute value.

  3. Hi and thank you for these informations, and this is my problem :
    I don’t find a 82Kohm resistor but i find 100Kohm, so my question is will the sensor work with this resistor value or not ? and thanks.

  4. Hello,

    I haven’t tried this but the datasheet specifies “80 kilo-ohm resistor” as a minimum load, so you would be better off changing the resistor value to a smaller value (maybe 50K or something like that).


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