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    Default Looking for a simple solution for static setups

    I'm still learning a lot in this hobby and I appreciate all of the help from this community.

    Since I am convinced that I have seriously over maxed my Dirkcheap SSRs and fried a few of these. Here is what I need if someone can point me to the right solution.


    I was reading this post on "Latching Circuit" and someone suggested to just use a Renard channel to switch on a Relay.

    That is exactly what I need except I will be turning on a power strip. I have a few static displays with a bunch of lights in them and I would like to turn them on at the beginning and off at the end of the show. Nothing fancy and no dimming is needed. Just on & off.

    Thanks!

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    Thanks @deonb!

    For the Relay itself it does look like it has the muscle to do the job.

    What else would it need? RJ45, etc?

    Buddy

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    Default Re: Looking for a simple solution for static setups

    Thinking outside of the box here.

    Would this be a matter of reusing a circuit channel from an SSR like Dirkcheap and then adding the appropriate Relay?

    Again, my goal is to use one of my Renard channels for turning it on/off. The Relay would then activate my power strip which could have between 4-8 amps of lights (ball parking this estimate since I don't have specs on these static icans).

    I know I'm not an electrical based person but I am willing to do the work.

    Thanks

    Buddy

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    Default Re: Looking for a simple solution for static setups

    Quote Originally Posted by UBotBuddy View Post
    Would this be a matter of reusing a circuit channel from an SSR like Dirkcheap and then adding the appropriate Relay?
    Yes, you just directly substitute the Dirkcheap SSR for the one above. I think that relay has something like a 7mA impedance, which should be fine to drive directly from an MCU.

    That relay above is still a SSR - just a much bigger one than the Dirkcheap one. To drive a real mechanical relay is a bit more complicated, and it shouldn't be needed for lights.

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    Default Re: Looking for a simple solution for static setups

    Thanks for the response! How should the RJ45 be hooked up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UBotBuddy View Post
    Thanks for the response! How should the RJ45 be hooked up?
    You can match the DirkCheapSSR layout:

    orange/white to -

    any one of these to: +
    solid orange
    solid blue
    solid green
    solid brown

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    Default Re: Looking for a simple solution for static setups

    Awesome!

    Mucho Thanks!

    Buddy

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