View Full Version : is it possible - syncing 8-function controllers?

12-02-2008, 03:37 PM
the lights we put on our tree have faded, so i have several strands of lights with eight function controllers on the end. i'd like to cut off the lights and solder outlets in their place so i can plug in some of the lights i have in front of the house. is it possible to sync two (or more) of the controllers to each other?

12-03-2008, 10:38 AM
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12-03-2008, 11:39 AM
thanks for the info. that's what i planned to do, but i didn't realize it was so easy to overload the controllers.

what i meant in my original post is, with 2 or more of these controllers, can you wire them so that they work in sync, so both controllers are on the same pattern?

12-05-2008, 02:46 AM
It would be a lot easier to simply bypass the controllers and hook the strings to a grinch or olsen or even a ren. Depends if you have any of these yet or not. This is my first year of blinky flashy and I have lost count of all the controllers that found there way into my bin. I did come accross a few that had memories so they stay on what you leave them on but they are few and far between.

12-05-2008, 11:34 AM
i like that idea. i didn't think about bypassing the chip and using the rest of the circuit in place of an ssr. i have the parts but no board for the grinch. too late to make one now, but i have five or so of these 8-function controllers lying around. if i can use them with the grinch i can be set with 20+ channels for next year, as long as i don't over load them. this would be great for the giant ornaments i got at walmart last year, each of which have at most 50 bulbs in them, or for my lighted candy canes (25 bulbs each?)

12-11-2008, 10:03 AM
Maybe you can use the controller to turn on a higher amperage ssr which in turn will turn on many many lights. Just get some puck style ssrs that utilize a 120v input trigger.