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Huge amount of Christmas Lights #15455
10/18/02 06:26 AM
10/18/02 06:26 AM
ctolbert  Offline OP
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 31
Cumming, GA USA
I feel like I'm in that movie "Christmas Vacation." I was thrown a project that is huge and already started. I would love some comments about the direction it's heading.

--64 light strands (700 watt 120vac incandecent)
--600 amp feeder with 16 x 30 amp breakers allocated for above strands.
--4 strands per breaker
--each strand controlled on/off with 10 amp omron micro relay with a 2 times a second switching rate.
--relays controlled by plc in predetermined pattern.

My biggest concern right the switching speed and the inrush from the lamps as they are switched.

Any comments would be appreciated,


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Re: Huge amount of Christmas Lights #15456
10/18/02 11:38 AM
10/18/02 11:38 AM
Pearlfish  Offline
Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 83
Chicago Ridge, Il, USA
If the inrush becomes a problem, have your programmer input a 20+ millisecond delay into selected rungs. It will be almost imperceptable to the eye. If you have a large number of rungs, the lights will "sweep" on and still look nice!

[This message has been edited by Pearlfish (edited 10-18-2002).]

Re: Huge amount of Christmas Lights #15457
10/18/02 02:36 PM
10/18/02 02:36 PM
Scott35  Offline

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Interesting subject!!!

Could you add some more data so we can have a better understanding of everything?

Stuff like System type [1 phase, 3 phase], exact rating of each lamp [or lamps if various types], inrush level or cold Resistance level, flashing in sequence, randomly or all at once, overall length of circuits / feeders / subfeeds, available KVA, switching relay's duty rate and other specs, and do the lamps have to be at 100% intensity when on, or can they drop to 90% intensity.

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