he LED example demonstrates the use of a read-write characteristic to control a LED through a phone app. The canonical source for this example lives at https://github.com/ARMmbed/mbed-os-example-ble/tree/master/BLE_LED

To help you create your own BLE services, we have created this service template. The LED example demonstrates the use of a read-write characteristic to control a LED through a phone app.

The template covers:

  • Setting up advertising and connection states.
  • Assigning UUIDs to the service and its characteristic.
  • Creating an input characteristic: read-write, boolean. This characteristic offers control of the LED.
  • Constructing a service class and adding it to the BLE stack.

Running the application


The sample application can be seen on any BLE scanner on a smartphone. If you don't have a scanner on your phone, please install :

- nRF Master Control Panel for Android.

- LightBlue for iPhone.

Hardware requirements are in the main readme.

  • NOTE:* If you have more than a single mbed board (e.g. nrf51dk or mkit) you can run the BLE_LED and BLE_LEDBlinker at the same time. For more information please refer to the BLE_LEDBlinker demo.

Building instructions

Building with mbed CLI

If you'd like to use mbed CLI to build this, then you should refer to the main readme. The instructions here relate to using the developer.mbed.org Online Compiler

In order to build this example in the mbed Online Compiler, first import the example using the ‘Import’ button on the right hand side.

Next, select a platform to build for. This must either be a platform that supports BLE, for example the NRF51-DK, or one of the following:

List of platforms supporting Bluetooth Low Energy

Or you must also add a piece of hardware and the supporting library that includes a Bluetooth Low Energy driver for that hardware, for example the K64F or NUCLEO_F401RE with the X-NUCLEO-IDB05A1

List of components supporting Bluetooth Low Energy.

Once you have selected your platform, compile the example and drag and drop the resulting binary onto your board.

For general instructions on using the mbed Online Compiler, please see the mbed Handbook

Checking for success

Note: Screens captures depicted below show what is expected from this example if the scanner used is nRF Master Control Panel version 4.0.5. If you encounter any difficulties consider trying another scanner or another version of nRF Master Control Panel. Alternative scanners may require reference to their manuals.

  • Build the application and install it on your board as explained in the building instructions.
  • Open the BLE scanner on your phone.
  • Start a scan.


figure 1 How to start scan using nRF Master Control Panel 4.0.5

  • Find your device; it should be named `LED`.


figure 2 Scan results using nRF Master Control Panel 4.0.5

  • Establish a connection with your device.


figure 3 How to establish a connection using Master Control Panel 4.0.5

  • Discover the services and the characteristics on the device. The *LED service* has the UUID `0xA000` and includes the *LED state characteristic* which has the UUID `0xA001`. Depending on your scanner, non standard 16-bit UUID's can be displayed as 128-bit UUID's. If it is the case the following format will be used: `0000XXXX-0000-1000-8000-00805F9B34FB` where `XXXX` is the hexadecimal representation of the 16-bit UUID value.


figure 4 Representation of the Led service using Master Control Panel 4.0.5

  • Open the write pannel of the *LED state* characteristic.


figure 5 How to read and write a characteristic value using Master Control Panel 4.0.5

  • The characteristic accept a 1 byte value:


figure 6 Write characteristic pannel using Master Control Panel 4.0.5

`0x00`: LED ON


figure 6 Write characteristic pannel to set the LED on using Master Control Panel 4.0.5

`0x01`: LED OFF


figure 6 Write characteristic pannel to set the LED off using Master Control Panel 4.0.5

  • Toggle the LED characteristic value and see the LED turn ON or turn OFF according to the value you set.

If you can see the characteristic, and the LED is turned on/off as you toggle its value, the application is working properly.