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Thread: The need for a lighting contactor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKElectrician View Post
    All the contactors I put in were either over 30 Amps, or controlled by a photocell.
    So to clarify my first post. Most switches are not rated over 30 amps, not all of course. Most photocells are not rated for over 20 amps most are less, and I like all the lights to pop on at the same time, without having to manually turn them on. The other 2 options shown are rated less than 20 amps for lighting loads. These are the needs for L.C.'s I have experienced. As was the OP's Title.

    More than one way to skin a cat, like always.
    Last edited by AKElectrician; 01-12-18 at 09:11 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKElectrician View Post
    Guess I call that guy and have him program me a sensor for the customer...
    Put a time clock in serise with your photo cell and the lights will come on at dusk and turn off at whatever time you set the clock.
    If you go and decide to dance with a gorilla the dance ain't over till the gorilla decides it's over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ActionDave View Post
    Put a time clock in serise with your photo cell and the lights will come on at dusk and turn off at whatever time you set the clock.
    No, it makes way more sense to walk out at 10pm and set a flashlight over the photocell.

    The timer I mentioned can offset the dawn/dusk, in addition to setting by the hour, lying about your latitude, etc. Would it work seamlessly on the north pole? Damn, got me there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Stolz View Post
    No, it makes way more sense to walk out at 10pm and set a flashlight over the photocell.

    The timer I mentioned can offset the dawn/dusk, in addition to setting by the hour, lying about your latitude, etc. Would it work seamlessly on the north pole? Damn, got me there.
    That means reading an instruction manual though.
    If you go and decide to dance with a gorilla the dance ain't over till the gorilla decides it's over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ActionDave View Post
    Put a time clock in serise with your photo cell and the lights will come on at dusk and turn off at whatever time you set the clock.
    Ill try to remember that... doubt i will need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ActionDave View Post
    That means reading an instruction manual though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ActionDave View Post
    That means reading an instruction manual though.
    Or you can just call your neighbor to program it like my neighbors do when they need their programmable thermostat adjusted.
    They do pay with beer.

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