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WhatSnow?

Electrical Problem

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First year for animation and I have a problem.

My lights keep dimming in my house during a sequence.

All my computer UPS units keep turning on and off also.

Stats.

Just under 25 amps of lights.

1 lor controller.

Lights fed from a temporary sub panel in the yard. This is feed via a 50 amp receptacle installed next to the main panel. In between each is 6 gauge so type rubber cord.

House has a 200 amp service, brand new main panel (I just replaced it)

Is this something to do with the power company? Incoming voltage is 118.

Since the power company will most likely not do anything is there a way to smooth this out? Can I add some sort of capacitors?

Oh and its tweeking out the gf, so fix would be good.

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This is odd considering your display only pulls 25 amps max. I push 150 amps on my display for a 200 amps service. Going from "all off" to "all on" definitely dims our lights inside a little, but it's still barely enough to notice. I'm not sure what could cause this.

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I'm very good with electrical and I'm confused about this also. 25 amps is not that much. But as I type this I can here the light bulb in the lamp behind me making noise.

I was thinking bad controller? Is it even possible.

The power company is a pita, so I don't even know where to start with them. Bad transformer or voltage regulator? The service is underground so I hope there is nothing wrong with it. All the lugs in the meter pan are tight. I re-torqued them when I replaced the panel.

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Did they disconnect service at the road when you replaced the panel? Maybe they've got a bad connection somewhere.

I'd call them to check the service up to your meter. It's their responsibility to ensure their service works, I'd just keep calling them and complaining.

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Did they disconnect service at the road when you replaced the panel? Maybe they've got a bad connection somewhere.

I'd call them to check the service up to your meter. It's their responsibility to ensure their service works, I'd just keep calling them and complaining.

I pulled the meter out when I replaced the panel. The meter pan is unchanged and so is the underground cable. The service was 200 amps The house just had a 20 space panel, I replaced it with a 40ckt sqd. (with a legal interlock for the generator) While I was in the meter pan I re-torqued the lugs, cleaned the prongs on the meter and coated them with nolox when I put it back in.

Where is the feed for the 50 amp receptacle connected inside your main panel?

The 50 amp receptacle is connected to a 50 amp breaker in the panel. The are right next to each other.

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I'd have the electric comp come and check the connections on THEIR side of the meter.

If you know you've done all your connections correctly, then hopefully it's a problem on their side of things. :P

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I would check the voltage when you are exprecning the problem, 25A load can drop the voltage. How far is your power company transformer from your house ?, if your only getting 118V at your panel, this could be the problem, what is the voltage at your 50A connection ? Your UPS are going to drop when they see a voltage drop, that how they protect your items plugged in to them.

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