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Created On: 27 November 2012 05:37 PM
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 27 November 2012 05:37 PM
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OldSparky

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Hello peeps

i have got my self into a dilemma, and i should have just gone with plan A instead of thinking about it.

this is problem.

i am currently wiring a new 5 bed house, a luxury one. The customer has bought a air handling unit that reclaims the heat from the house, you guys know the type of thing.

he wants the boost controls connected, this is a 240v signal from any of the bathroom light switches which have been operated.

Now would you A) take the boost feed from the light switch/ switch wire or B) take a 2 core cable from the AHU control box to a double pole switch, so one side would operate the light the other would operate the boost fan..

either way at either end i would have 2 supplies, which would you guys think is the better option.

My first thoughts were to rely on the signal coming from the lighting switch wire, this way i can connect them through an isolator adjacent the AHU labeled warning of 2 supplies..

have i made sense
 27 November 2012 06:02 PM
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If it's a luxury house why isn't there controls for the lighting rather than 230v switches - just so last decade - you could just pick up the supply via a programmable relay -

Assuming no controls, if you link the switch wires from several bathrooms, you'll back feed onto the lights.

a simple realy box with a relay per bathroom wired in parallel with the boost supply direct through all the relays will bring on the fan boost when any bathroom light is operated.

I wouldn't beat yourself up over more than one supply - we do it in multigang switches without batting an eye (even on different phases) - just bang a label on it so the next guy fault findinghas a sporting chance - for ad hoc fiddling, then a spark would test before touching - for everyone else - darwinian selection takes over.

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 27 November 2012 06:29 PM
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just bang a label on it so the next guy fault findinghas a sporting chance - for ad hoc fiddling, then a spark would test before touching - for everyone else - darwinian selection takes over.


Lol, Labels! Ah now I understand, something to do with lack of ambiguity perhaps?

I would have thought that Oldsparky was reasonably proficient to test his own work

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 27 November 2012 06:34 PM
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Originally posted by: Legh

just bang a label on it so the next guy fault findinghas a sporting chance - for ad hoc fiddling, then a spark would test before touching - for everyone else - darwinian selection takes over.




Lol, Labels! Ah now I understand, something to do with lack of ambiguity perhaps?

Exactly - ambiguity and testing are certainly not the same thing Legh ?


I would have thought that Oldsparky was reasonably proficient to test his own work

I'm sure he is - but if he's Old Skool, hell know in his water if it's OK to bang test it, as he installed it -


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 27 November 2012 06:41 PM
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OMS

i take note on the back feed issue.. they wont be any there is a special box thingy they supply to stop this

i agree with the old darwin selection tho ;
 27 November 2012 06:48 PM
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OK - so I guess you have a supply to the AHU via an isolator and then you terminate an extended switch wire into the "special box thingy" from each bathroom that the AHU serves.

Job done - anyone taking the lid off the "special box thingy" will be expecting live lines even with the AHU isolator "off".

I imagine the "special box thingy" is just a box of relays as I suggested then -

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 27 November 2012 06:52 PM
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A hotel I look after has something similar - one fan with a shared ducting to a block of 8 bedrooms. Any bathroom light brings on the fan.

The way it's wired (1960's) is that the bathroom light switch is a double-pole gridswitch... one pole does the light, the other pole is paralleled with all the other bathrooms and then on to the fan.
 27 November 2012 09:36 PM
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the way i look at it is.. i feel its safer to take the feed from the light switch because you can isolate the supplies via an multi pole isolator ..

thank you for your input guys..
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The customer has bought a air handling unit that reclaims the heat from the house, you guys know the type of thing.

he wants the boost controls connected, this is a 240v signal from any of the bathroom light switches which have been operated.


Not a Vent-Axia Sentinel Kinetic by any chance?

he wants the boost controls connected, this is a 240v signal from any of the bathroom light switches which have been operated.

Sounds slightly sub-optimal, unless none of the bathrooms have windows... (is moist air only generated at night?)

Some types have the option of proportional control by a humidity sensor in the extract airflow - so increases the fan speed when the air's damp - might be a better option. (Although you might still want some other means of dealing with other 'air quality issues').

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