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mrdon
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Re: Household solution
mrdon   4/20/2013 4:59:18 PM
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Rob, The key word here is "elegant. Sometimes the best solutions to a challenging problem are simple ones. Very nice Gadget Freak article!

sysdesign
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SSR loads
sysdesign   4/18/2013 11:13:29 AM
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I assume the SSR is triac or SCR based.  Most are zero voltage switching and require holding current.  What kind of flourscent lights did you have?  If they had electronic ballast without power factor correction did the circuit work?  Magnetic ballast may not have sufficient holding current.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Household solution
Elizabeth M   4/18/2013 10:22:04 AM
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I enjoy these as well, Rob, especially since I would never imagine doing anything iike they do to fix something. Lucky I know some Gadget Freaks of my own who I call in when I need something done!

lchien52
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garage lights
lchien52   4/18/2013 9:58:36 AM
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I had a similar problem where some of the garage lights were going to be blocked by the opened door.  I solved it by placing the ligths so that they were aove the horizontal windows in the door when it was in the open position - much of the light made it to the room down below in that position.

 

Charles Murray
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Re: Household solution
Charles Murray   4/17/2013 6:22:12 PM
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As I've always said, Rob, we've got smart readers. Also frugal. The most expensive part of this solution is the solid state relay at $21.

Rob Spiegel
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Household solution
Rob Spiegel   4/17/2013 11:29:10 AM
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I always enjoy the Gadget Freaks that solve household problems. This is an elegant example of a bit of ingenuity making life easier in the home.

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