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    Quote Originally Posted by jrock64
    Ill say this quietly as I could be wrong.

    My guess is it is your SSRs killing them.
    If you are running 595 or grinch you may be ok.

    Are you running regular or PWM Renard code.
    I think the PWM has specific code so 100% means full on. You may be ok but I have not tested it yet.
    The regular Renard code does not have this feature and is missing the zero cross point by only the tiniest fraction but it enough to destroy the strobes electronics.

    I will only use commercial zero cross ssrs with my strobes.
    Not taking any chances.

    Joel
    Well I'm using non-PWM Renard........

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    I didn't start yet, this week after work is when it begins.

    When the weather is nice, no time. Rainy, lots of time..

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    the strobe info should be in its own thread in a different forum.

    Please try and keep threads on topic.
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    I don’t see how to answer this question unless this thread is hacked up and moved somewhere else.

    When controlling loads such as strobes or other light load electronics, you must add something else to increase the load. Devices that draw very little current won’t allow the TRIAC to turn on until the AC voltage is high enough to meet the minimum turn on current. At this point, higher voltage is repeatedly slammed into your device 120 times a second. Even if your electronic device appears to work correctly without an additional load, you will destroy it in short order.

    Xmus, this is the reason that your strobes are dying. Simply add a C7 bulb in parallel and your problem will go away. I’ve heard that just black spray paint will black out the lights. Make sure that you use a high temperature one (i.e. engine paint) so that you won’t burn the paint.
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    thanks for the tip, lesson learned ($50 dollar lesson)

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    Quote Originally Posted by xmus
    A setback on my end, of the 19 strobes I purchased (C9 style) they are dropping like flies. I've lost 1 yesterday, didn't think much of it, but today I've lost I think 3 more (out of 9 deployed).

    I'm not dimming them, just on for several seconds (occasionally).

    Not good, these are going BACK.
    They are part number "e-17_strobe"-Curtain strobe light from "Christmas Light Show"
    Man, sorry to hear that. I have 35 of these in my mega tree that are directly controlled by a Triac channel. They worked fine last year, and I tested them this weekend with no problems. I do know that there was a big problem with them if they are used in certain C9 strings. The design of some strings that tend to wrap around the bulb doesn't work well with CLS's strobes. It blocks the strobe from tightening down far enough to make a good contact with the tab at the base of the socket. This can cause arching that will quickly damage the strobe. "GS" (Glenn Stewart from PC) lost about 15 out of 100 before he discovered what was happening and suggested using AllAmericanChristmas C9 stringers for the CLS strobes. I though I had posted about this when I discussed using these strobes but maybe I forgot.

    If you'd like to give them another chance... let Darryl Brown know what happened and I'm sure he'll make good on them. He replaced all of the bad ones GS had, and 1 I had that leaked and stopped working.

    If it was my tip that led to your purchase... sorry.
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    Could i just bend the tab in the bottom of the c9 socket up?
    I'm measure it with a micrometer depth gauge, and see what I come up with.

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    My setup is complete! Now it's time to "fine tune" it
    There's lots to think about but nothing to worry about.....until your lights go out!
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    I have got to tell you. I am amazed at how long set up can be. I honestly thought I would be done by the weekend. I only managed to run power, CAT 5, mount my SSRs, and test continuity of the cables with the SSRs attached in two solid days of set up (only running 64 channels). I got nowhere near touching my lights.

    My goal is to be done in time for Thanksgiving. I am certain I will make it. I just need to squeeze the time in on my calendar. I am lighting up 8 trees with four colors each (2 channles per color). The trees are in my yard and my two neighbor's yards.

    It's fun and I know it will be worth it, just didn't know it would be this much effort. Oh yeah, and while I was mumbling under my breath about how much fun I was having - my wife told me to think about how much fun I was going to have in January when I was trying to take it all down! Me thinks she is mocking me!!!

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by scharbon
    Me thinks she is mocking me!!!

    Steve
    Oh she is mocking you alright, My wife says the same thing to me. :D
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