Complementary AC power switching

Posted on May 10, 2012

An input signal of less than 1 mA and 1V is required to switch on CS1. As long as this input -signal is maintained, CS1 will conduct during each positive half cycle of anode voltage, thereby energizing load LI with half-wave rectified dc. L2 remains de-energized, since the anode of CS1 will not go more positive than 1 volts, and voltage divider R2 - R3 cannot provide enough voltage to trigger CS2. Upon removal of the input signal, CS1 will drop out. Ll will be de-energized, except for a small amount of ac current through R2 and R3

Complementary AC power switching
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CS2 will be triggered on at the beginning of each positive half-cycle, when CSl anode voltage reaches 2 to 3 volts. CS2 will conduct for nearly the entire positive half-cycle energizing L2. It should be noted that the 6 volt lamps used will operate at Wthe rated brilliance because of the controlled switch half-wave rectifying action and will extend the operating lamp life by several orders of magnitude. Should full brilliance be desired, the anode supply voltage level should be raised to 9 volts ac.

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