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Re: LOW VOLTAGE LIGHT CONTROLS

Posted By: AHandyman
Thursday, 11 March 1999, at 5:20 a.m.

In Response To: LOW VOLTAGE LIGHT CONTROLS (DALE)

Dale,

I haven't seen low voltage lighting controls very often. I'm sure that the materials are available, but you might need to go to an electrical supply (wholesale) house to get them. Graybar/Grainger probably have what you need.

It's handy for centrally controlling lighting, but not very easy to install in an existing home. You have to have easy access to the switch boxes, and a place to put the control boxes/relays and transformers. It would be much like replacing all of the wiring in the house (not an easy task..)

If you are building an addition or new home it is a costly alternative to standard wiring due to the extra components and labor. If it is central control of a few things, you might consider the X-10 (radio shack remote control) systems as an alternative.

Check the closest large home improvement center for the low voltage lightning components. The might have them. Trouble shooting isn't any worse than any other electrical problem. You just need to understand the purpose of the relays and be able to follow the electrical path.

Good Luck!

Don

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