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Also, the range on these things are pathetic (1-2 inches)
OK.. thanks a lot.. i really appreciate that.. i will definately try that circuit..
The output should be digital... that is, when it detects IR light, the output pin (the middle one) should go high. Your PIC should simply test if the the pin that it is connected to is "high" or "low"... if it is "high", then there is IR light!