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Wiring Up an LOR Controller to a Socket


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I have a question maybe someone can help me with. The attached pictures are ones I pulled from the forums here and I was looking to create something simular to use for a spot in my display. I understand how to set-up the controller and run the wires to the various spots. What I'm not sure about is hooking the wires to the outlets and what's the best way to ground the wires.

Any instruction would be most welcome and appriciated.

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I connect the Hot wires to the Hot terminals on the controller and to the gold (hot) screw on the outlet. Then Neutral wires to the Neutral terminals on the controller and to the silver screw on the outlet. If you break off the tab between each gold screw and silver screw you can have 2 isolated receptacles on each duplex.

The ground wires I run one from each duplex and then attach them all together with the incoming ground. I do this on a screw run through my steel enclosure to ground the enclosure itself.

Did I explain it clear enough?

Edit: I use wire labels on all my hot wires to tell one from another. I don't on the grounds and Neutrals, although I do mark my neutrals for one bank or the other.

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The third picture that you have is mine. I didn't have any grounds in there last year but will be changing that this year. I will be running a ground to each of the quad boxes and I was told by an electrician that it would be fine that way especailly since everything that we run doesn't have a ground anyhow.

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i would hook the grounds together anywhere that is anchored down. like a bolt through the wood.

If you leave them bouncing around the box they could short out and turn your wood box to charcoal....:eek:

Good point, that is what i forgot to mention, one thing to do is to take all the grounds and put a terminal connector around them and then hook them to the heat sink so that the outlets are grounded and then the lor board is also grounded.

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If you are using a wood or plastic enclosure with 3 wire cords you can attach all the grounds together with the ground from the input cord. (I also run a ground to the mount on the heat sink also.)

If your using a metal enclosure you can attach all the grounds to the enclosure. If you want something permanant you can go with a heavy duty enclosure.

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They run out under the garage door. Just shy of 360 SPT cords makes a pretty thick bundle, so the garage door doesn't shut all the way.

For next season Im going to use the 4 controller boxes in the yard for the new displays. Should cut down on about 2000' of additional cord.

Scott

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As an electrician I am seeing a few things. First, unless you have a device that has a 3 prong plug on it, why are you all messing around with grounds? What good is the ground? Unless you mount the controller in a metal box.

I am not really fond of the wooden box idea. Can anyone say fire hazard? Esp. if you do not mount the control boards on tall stand offs of at least .5". Remember wood can hold moisture. And moisture conducts electricity. Which can cause a carbon track, which conducts even more. At an apartment complex a few years ago. A workman ran a nail through some wood on the outside of the building. And it pierced a run of romax. After a hard rain sometime later some current began to flow through the wood to something that was grounded. This eventually caused the wood to heat up and catch on fire. I just do not like a wooden box with bare circuits in near proximity.

Max

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