Interesting customer. I can't think of any particular brand but if you find one with a dry contact rated for the voltage that closes on alarm and replace the main with a shunt breaker that be the simplist I think being a red application, industrial grade stuff may be out of their price range
I have never seen a residential smoke alarm that has a relay in it but you may be able to find a multistation one that you could hack a relay into on the remote circuit. It might be worth talking to Kidde or one of the other manufacturers to see if they offer such a relay unit
Hello Greg / Sparky Thanks for your post, in short what I am looking is a whole house surge protector that is able to operate the shunt trip main breaker which we will install.I am not sure if there is anything like that on the market.
So your customer wants a whole house surge protector which will shut off power if "X" happens.
What is "X"?
Failure of surge protector? Surge is above a certain value? Difference between voltages of phases? Over voltage? Under voltage?
In the industrial control world there are devices that have contacts that operate when certain conditions are met. For example, under/over voltage relays and TVS units that signal when a module has failed.
Do they want the power to be switched off and stay off? That could lead to some unpleasant consequences. Flooded basements, frozen pipes, thawed freezer, warm refrigerator, triggered alarm systems, etc.
You might want to go back to the customer and find out exactly what they are trying to protect. Point of use protection might make more sense.
I am confused. The surge has already come and gone, taking what it could with it. Why drop power then? These things are measured in microseconds if not nanoseconds. You are never going to get a shunt trip to go that fast.
Good call John. I also agree with Larry too. We are not sure what the customer wants the config. I'm not abvocating don't install it or sell what you can sell. What I am saying it what like Larry is saying that you may not get what the customer is invisioning he/she's is going to happen on the next surge. I'd get the data, explain it like Larry explained, and if the custom still wants it, hook em up but put it in the bill that if you don't think it will work like your customer thinks it will, put on the bill that your not liable if it don't work like the customer thinks it will. The customer is not always right. Especially when it comes to electricty