Jump to content

Safety Reminder

Recommended Posts

I have a static display that has just shy of 20,000 incandescent minis. Been running this display for several years. I'm running a 50amp double pole breaker from the main panel to a 60 amp rated magnetic relay. The relay is controlled through a cheap digital timer. The relay in turn feeds my "Christmas" panel that feeds 8 GFI protected breakers. It has worked great.

This morning they came on at the regular time, and then went off fairly quickly. Upon further investigation I discovered what could have been a serious problem. Evidently over the past year one of the connections had worked loose and this cause the wire to overheat and eventually led to a short. The 50 amp breaker tripped, and no harm was done.

It had not occurred to me to check the relay as I have used this system for a couple years with no issues.

I will be adding a new item to my preseason check list. Inspect all electrical feeds before turning on the lights! Needless to say I running a little paranoid right now!

I attached a photo of the damage and the temporary repair. I'll be making a more permanent repair tomorrow after I get to the store! I also checked both legs with my amp meter just to be sure I didn't miscalculate anything, and I solid there!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...