Tunnel Wiring Circuit Diagram – Working and Operation
Tunnel wiring circuit is used in open ended corridors and short tunnels like structures. In tunnel wring circuit diagram, we have used SPDT (two-way) switches to control the lighting points in tunnels and corridors. The tunnel circuit control the lamps in four ways as follow.
During normal light in the day i.e. from 7AM to 6PM, only the middle one bulb will glow and the first and last one will turned OFF. At night, the first and last one will glow while the middle one will OFF. During high traffic, all the three bulbs will turn ON. During maintenance or special operations, the circuit will work like godown circuit i.e. one by one lamp will turn ON in the sequence.
Keep in mind that the same operation may be achieved by some automation and electronics circuits while we are using only switches for this purpose in the following tutorial.
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Tunnel Wiring Circuit for Light Control
|120V or 230V, 5A
|Two – Way Switch
- First of all, turn off the main breaker to make sure the main supply is switched OFF.
- Connect all the switches to the earthing / grounding terminals (not shown in the fig)
- Connect the Neutral wire from MCB directly to the lower terminals of all SPDT (2-way) switches.
- Connect the Live (Phase or Hot) wire from MCB directly to the upper terminals of all SPDT (2-way) switches as shown in the fig.
- Connect all the three bulbs first terminals to the common (middle) terminals of first three SPDT switches.
- Now, connect the first and second bulb 2nd terminal to the second and third bulb first terminals respectively.
- Connect the 3rd bulb second terminal to the common (middle) terminal of 4th SPDT switch.
- Do the proper earthing and grounding according to your local area codes.
- Now turn on the main breaker to make sure the circuit is working properly as planned.
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The tunnel circuit for lighting control is working in the following sequences:
- During 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Day)
First two switches are at down position while the 3rd and 4th are at up position. This way, the middle one i.e. 2nd bulb is turned ON and glowing while the other two bulbs are OFF as normal light do their job at outer and entrance of the short tunnel which leads to save energy.
- During 6:00 PM to 7:00 AM (Night)
First and last switches are at up while the second and third switches are at down position. This way, the first and last bulbs are turned ON during night and normal traffic.
- During High Traffic at Night
All the bulbs are ON during high traffic at night in the tunnel. The first and third switches are at up and second and fourth switches are down position. This can also be done while switch 1 and 3 at down and switch 2 and 4 at up position i.e. reverse positions of both switches.
- No Operation
All the lamps can be turned off while all the switches are at UP or Down positions.
- During Maintenance
During maintenance operations, the tunnel circuit can be operate like a godown circuit where lamps can be turn ON and OFF in a sequence which is a better option in case of energy conservation.
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The following table shows the working of a tunnel wiring circuit.
|SPDT Switches Position
|S1, S2, S3, S4 = Up
|All Bulbs OFF
|S1, S2, S3, S4 = Down
|All Bulbs OFF
|S1, S2 = Down – S3, S4 = Up
|Bulb 2 ON
|S1, S4 = Up – S2, S3 = Down
|Bulb 1 & 3 ON
|S1, S3 = Up – S2, S4 = Down
|All bulbs ON
|S1, S3 = Down – S2, S4 = Up
|All bulbs ON
|S1 = Up, S2, S3, S4 = Down
|Bulb 1 ON
|S1, S2 = Up – S3, S4 = Down
|Bulb 2 ON
|S1, S2, S3 = Up S4 = Down
|Bulb 3 ON
Keep in mind that two circuits may becomes in series for less than a second while changing the position of switches.
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If you still unable to get the working of the tunnel circuit wiring, the following animation gif and video shows it perfectly.
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