I had a 123 channel Darryl Brown style Megatree for my first display in 2007. Controlled by two Ren-64’s with 20070407c nonpwm firmware. Each Ren-64 had its own power supply/ZC signal. All the SSR’s and controllers were powered by a single dedicated 20A circuit. With all channels on, the tree could draw 40A. The idea was that I would only have a maximum of half the lights on at one time. It ran great without a problem except when plugging in the power cord and a couple of power outages due to an ice storm. At power up, with the PC off, the breaker might trip or not trip. I suspect the SSR’s were all turning on for a few milliseconds and it depended when in the AC cycle if the breaker would trip or not. I measured the idle current with an amp probe, and it was less than an amp.
I’m just curious if anyone else had this problem. I have not seen any other posts on the subject.
For 2008, I’ll break down and run out another 20A circuit to help balance the line, but I still refuse to let it draw 40A!