Posted on May 6, 2012

When the telephone rings. or when the handset is lifted, ~the night light is turned on and remains on while the conversation takes place. When the handset is replaced in the cradle, the light remains on for about 11 s. During standby conditions, the -28 V de bias on the phone line maintains the output of U3 in a high state. When the ac ring signal is applied to the phone line, it is processed by the ring detector Ul, producing a negative output pulse atpin 2 for each ring. These pulses trigger U2, causing its output to become high and the discharge transistor to turn off.

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The high output of U2 activates optoisolator U4, which turns on the night light. Each ring retriggers the timer and discharges Cl, preventing it from reaching the 2/3 Vnv threshold level. Thus, the night light will remain on while the phone is ringing and for about 11 s after the last ring. After 11 s, Cl will be charged to the U2 threshold level (213 Vvv) resulting in the U2 output returning to a low level and its discharge output turning on, discharging Cl. The lamp will turn off if the phone is not answered. When the phone is answered, a 1-KO load is placed across the phone. This removes the differential input to op amp U3, causing its output to become low, and capacitor Cl starts discharging through Rl. As long as the voltage across Cl remains low, timer U2 cannot start its cycle and the lamp will remain on. When the phone is hung up, the low impedance is removed from the phone line and the differential voltage across the line causes the U3 output to become high. This allows Cl to start charging, initiating the timing that will turn off the night light.

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