The optical scanning head includes at least one trio of light emitting diodes arranged so the LEDs emit light at different angles to create a fan of light. An optical module includes a light shield or "dark room" and a lens/filter assembly which provides control of the depth of focus of the scanner. The optical module is located behind the light source, and the detector, made up of a CCD array is mounted behind the optic module for detecting the light intensity in the reflected beam over a field of view across a bar code symbol. The CCD array generates an electrical signal indicative of the detected light intensity. A DC source or battery provides DC voltage to the LEDs and CCDs in response to a clocked signal which provides a gradual or sequential illumination of the LEDs and coordinates the activation of the CCDs in order to minimize power consumption during scans.