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Channel comes on in rain

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I got up this very rainy morning and noticed a section of eave lights were on. It is one channels worth, nothing else was on. The controller is on a GFCI. Has anyone else ever encountered this?

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I have the same problem. One board not on a gfi has a set of leds come on really dim when it rains??

Bob

It's just one channel. I ran the hardware utility and it doesn't shut it off, but it does make it brighter when I turn that channel on. Does the problem go away when it drys out?

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Frank, I had a similar problem last night.

The rain tripped one GFCI circuit, knocking out one controller.

Then I noticed two different channels on two different controllers on two different circuits were on at about 75% intensity, but flickering. One was LED, one was regular minis. That's when I decided to shut down for the night.

I disabled shows, and all the lights went out.

This morning, I enabled shows, and looked outside to find about half the lights were on. I disabled again, opened up the Sequence editor, and ran a 1 second animation with all channels off. I then enabled shows. This fixed the problem for me.

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Frank, I had a similar problem last night.

The rain tripped one GFCI circuit, knocking out one controller.

Then I noticed two different channels on two different controllers on two different circuits were on at about 75% intensity, but flickering. One was LED, one was regular minis. That's when I decided to shut down for the night.

I disabled shows, and all the lights went out.

This morning, I enabled shows, and looked outside to find about half the lights were on. I disabled again, opened up the Sequence editor, and ran a 1 second animation with all channels off. I then enabled shows. This fixed the problem for me.

I tried to get it to go off with the hardware utility, I could get full intensity but it would go off. No other problems with the other channels on that controller. I think I'm going to let it dry out before I mess with it. For now I cut the power to that controller.

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Someone else had that same problem, but it didn't involve rain...

Let me see if I can find it.

EDIT: [thread=36793]Here[/thread] it is. Doesn't seem like it'll be too much help though. Sorry.

Edited by Steve Lelinski
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I doubt it's an LED issue since it seems to involve the rain. But if there are LED's in the controller, do you have snubbers on them?

I think I'd disconnect the comm. lines from the controller and cycle the power to it. I don't think this will fix anything. But if the channel stays on it rules out communication noise, residual set commands, etc. Then maybe it's time to start (temporarily) swapping light strings between outputs to see if the problem stays with that channel.

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Since you are not using black plastic trash bags to keep the weather out, I would try gently warming the controller over one of Steve's laptops.

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Since you are not using black plastic trash bags to keep the weather out, I would try gently warming the controller over one of Steve's laptops.

I don't have one at the moment. I'd have to borrow one of Frank's.

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Can you inspect the controller and see if there's any moisture inside?

I did check for moisture but didn't see any. That doesn't mean it wasn't any there though.

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I doubt it's an LED issue since it seems to involve the rain. But if there are LED's in the controller, do you have snubbers on them?

I think I'd disconnect the comm. lines from the controller and cycle the power to it. I don't think this will fix anything. But if the channel stays on it rules out communication noise, residual set commands, etc. Then maybe it's time to start (temporarily) swapping light strings between outputs to see if the problem stays with that channel.

I don't have any LEDs. That channel has c9s on it. I was thinking of disconnecting the comm lines also, but I just cut the power and am going to let it dry out for a few hours so I don't cause damage tring to fix it.:)

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Frank, let me tell you from experience. There's no way you can damage those LOR boards. Feel free to work on them all you want. And make sure they're plugged in too! :rolleyes:

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Frank, let me tell you from experience. There's no way you can damage those LOR boards. Feel free to work on them all you want. And make sure they're plugged in too! :rolleyes:

Wow, talk about the saying "consider the source" :D

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I woke up this morning and none of my lights were on. As a matter of fact, they weren't on last night, or the night before either.

Could it be the contraband bags you're using to cover the controllers??

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I woke up this morning and none of my lights were on. As a matter of fact, they weren't on last night, or the night before either.

Could it be the contraband bags you're using to cover the controllers??

It's one of three controllers that I didn't cover. They're protected by an overhang, but maybe the wind driven rain got in it somehow. it's just funny how it's only one channel.

Edited by cozzi

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It's one of three controllers that I didn't cover. They're protected by an overhang, but maybe the wind driven rain got in it somehow. it's just funny how it's only one channel.

There's your problem. Stop drinking so much and you wont have a hangover.

So your dyslexia is kicking up today?

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The channel that is on slightly works fine during the shows. When the weather drys up the channel stays off. It is only when there are leds on that channel, i tried with minis and they didn't light up. I have no moisture inside near the boards.

I am not really worrying about it just nice to know somebody eles has the same problem

Bob

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Frank, let me tell you from experience. There's no way you can damage those LOR boards. Feel free to work on them all you want. And make sure they're plugged in too! :rolleyes:

That's funny, Being truthful, as regal and reg have seen, i tend to overdrive my boards just a bit:D i think io may have at least one board that has all 16 channels working.

You guys pay attenetion to the 3 string rule like i pay attention to the 30 amp pc board rule;)

bob

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The channel that is on slightly works fine during the shows. When the weather drys up the channel stays off. It is only when there are leds on that channel, i tried with minis and they didn't light up. I have no moisture inside near the boards.

I am not really worrying about it just nice to know somebody eles has the same problem

Bob

I actually have 4 channels on that controller that are unused because there are a lot of c9s on it. I may switch the problem channel over to another.

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I actually have 4 channels on that controller that are unused because there are a lot of c9s on it. I may switch the problem channel over to another.

You couldn't have pointed that out earlier in the thread? :rolleyes:

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The channel that is on slightly works fine during the shows. When the weather drys up the channel stays off. It is only when there are leds on that channel, i tried with minis and they didn't light up. I have no moisture inside near the boards.

I am not really worrying about it just nice to know somebody eles has the same problem

Bob

I had to read this a couple of times..After chuckling to myself I got what you meant...

Funny

The channel that is on, slightly works fine during the shows.

Makes sense

The channel that is on slightly, works fine during the shows.

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You couldn't have pointed that out earlier in the thread? :rolleyes:

I didn't think it was a relevant point jer...oops, wrong thread. Just switching the channels, whether it works or not doesn't explain the problem.

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