my buddy "Biodiesel Man" had curbs put in at his home and somebody other than me talked him into installing ropelight in the curbs... about 400' worth of the stuff.
so I made him a little panel with the usual timer / PE and a little 8 pin relay. the problem ??? the two ropelight circuits are a bit high.... 9A and 11A on a relay rated 10A. I was thiking of adding a second relay and running each circuit through BOTH of the NO poles on a relay
I could get a definite purpose contactor and jam it in the box ( there is a pond pump control in there too )
but I thnk the ice cubes would handle it by paralleling the feed through them.
I thought about suggesting an SSR but a majority are 3-32 VDC control input and he doesn't need a DC supply for anything else. The AC control ones tend to be more expensive than the A/C relay that will carry more current and make sense to more people. Lastly, he can feed each string through it's own set of contacts and perhaps, separate fusing.
Greg, I knew that you would think of using an SSR just like I did. What I didn't know is if you are always reminded of SSRs in the bottom of Cartridge Module Drives, used to control spindle motors. That was the first place I encountered one back when each MB weighed more than a pound. Joe
I would go with gfretwell's idea. At work we have systems with relays controlling small magnetic contactors. This might prevent re-work or premature failor later on. Just a suggestion. I like square d because the coil is enclosed/hidden and quiet. http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/2CF80
A SSR would be a good choice for this application since space is an issue. Crydom is good, AC/DC control with high amp output available. A Crydom A1225 has AC control, 25 Amp output, and costs between 30 and 40 bucks. When you install it, put heatsink compound between the relay and the metal backplate or box or it may not last long. Properly installed, a SSR is a great spacesaver.