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Imposterbond

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I have just purchased a LOR 16 Channel card (awaiting the del and the additional import charges:?).Where is the best place to buy ...a box to mount it in , wire to connect to the lights to then run to the card ?

Do you suffer with any noticeable any lag with running low voltage lights in a sequence ?

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Being in UK, may present a problem for the female plug to add to the 16 channel unit. If you were using 120 v, I recommend LOR Accessory Section bundle of 8 (times 2 for a 16 channel and the set of two power cord with male plugs. I would search in your country, an electrical supply house or electrical contractor to refer you to a source.

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Imposterbond wrote:

I have just purchased a LOR 16 Channel card (awaiting the del and the additional import charges:?).Where is the best place to buy ...a box to mount it in , wire to connect to the lights to then run to the card ?

Do you suffer with any noticeable any lag with running low voltage lights in a sequence ?

Hi Imposterbond (?)

I use IP65 boxes which Ipurchased locally at an electrical trade shop. They are just right for the CTB16Ds. They were around 14GBP each though, so not cheap. I cannot find any paperwork for them at present and unfortunately they are not marked with a manufacturer, but I recall they were made / distributed by MIB, although I cannot find them on the web:{sorry. If I find something I'll post it.

I just run wire tails straight to the terminal strips. With some strain relief they're fine.

I havetried a mix of 220V and 12V on my CTB16Ds and I have not noticed any appreciable lag on the low-volt side.

Here's a picture of the boxes I'm using.

Martin

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Thank you for you replies and the picture above (you run with only 1 power connection ?)-I will phone round some suppliers quoting IP65 .. - how many sets of lights do you run ? .I have about 50 sets (a mere drop in the ocean compared to our American friends ... but then their electricity doesntcost as much nor do the lights ...am thinking of a flexiable way of adding them to different channels as and when required ... something like a box with mountedchoc blocs

My intial enquiry about type of wire was in respect of the difference in length of the wire on the lights to where I want to put the box ie in my garage - I see 5amp lighting cable as a bit of over kill ...I suppose again another question to the supplier .

I am just making some christmas tree shapes and covering in tin foil to reflect the lights , using an old rope light up that has section thathave stopped working on it (mains voltage 48 lightsx 5v= 240v)

Any more advise greatfully received

Mark:cool:

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Imposterbond wrote:

Thank you for you replies and the picture above (you run with only 1 power connection ?)-I will phone round some suppliers quoting IP65 .. - how many sets of lights do you run ? .I have about 50 sets (a mere drop in the ocean compared to our American friends ... but then their electricity doesntcost as much nor do the lights ...am thinking of a flexiable way of adding them to different channels as and when required ... something like a box with mountedchoc blocs

Hi Mark, The box in the picture has indeed only one power lead (the powerlinks are in) but I was just playing with that one and had it handy to take the picture. However at the moment I don't hang enough from the boxes to need the split feed, unless it's for dual-voltage working.

My intial enquiry about type of wire was in respect of the difference in length of the wire on the lights to where I want to put the box ie in my garage - I see 5amp lighting cable as a bit of over kill ...I suppose again another question to the supplier .

Well, you candraw around 8 amps from each channel with an overriding max of 20 amps per side if dual fed, but that is way more than I need. I just use 3amp flat twin mains cable for each channel. That would run approx 40 metres of 220V incandescent rope light (16.4 Watts / metre) from one channel!

I am just making some christmas tree shapes and covering in tin foil to reflect the lights , using an old rope light up that has section thathave stopped working on it (mains voltage 48 lightsx 5v= 240v )

The treessound like a good idea! I too am going through my old, odd lengths of ropelight cutting out non-working sections. I'm curious about the 48 x 5v reference. My rope has 36 lamps per metre. What type of rope are you using? I would love LED ropes but can't afford 'em this year. Spent too much on LOR kit :]

Good luck.

Martin

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I too would love some LED rope lights ...but the price !!! :shock:.I bought some white LED star lights (in the garden lights boxes)from Homebase a couple weeks ago 40 for £8 look quite pretty.

My ref to 48 x 5v =240v was in reference to when 1 light goes in the rope lights I have (cheapos from safeways 15m for £10) 48 bulbs go out (plus the label said they were 5v bulbs so that confirms they run on mains voltage , not stepped down in any way .

I was condsidering using 2 channels for my ropelights so can keep the chasing effect

What is the formula for calculatingwattsto amps ?

I can curious to how you are contacted that the kit has arrived in the country and how you pay the duty on the LOR card ?

Mark

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Imposterbond wrote:

I was condsidering using 2 channels for my ropelights so can keep the chasing effect

What is the formula for calculatingwattsto amps ?

I can curious to how you are contacted that the kit has arrived in the country and how you pay the duty on the LOR card ?

Mark

Mark,

The 2 channel / dual colour rope is VERY expensive over here. I was considering it, but at 300-400GBP for a 90m reel that's way too much.

Formula? watts=volts x amps therefore, transposing we get amps = watts/volts

As to notification etc. I suppose it depends how you elected to have the items delivered. I recall with that mine were despatched using Global Priority Mail with USPS (United States Parcel Service)Mary e-mailed me a tracking number with the despatch confirmation so I could see when it was in the country. Parcel Force then wrote to me requesting payment of duty/VAT/handling charge which I paid by debit card over the 'phone. A smooth process in all.

Martin

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I have an email 2 days till shipment :waycool:,I have been rethinking about where I am going to site my LOR card - for ease it would be better to mount it on the walloutside - it will save an awfull lot of wire etc than putting it in the garage.I have been toying with the ideer of mounting the card in an IP65 box then running 16 cables to 16 seperate boxes mounted on a board - I have been playing around with some plastic food boxes from tescos mounting 2 sets of 6 choc blocs in for feeding the power to - then to distribute to my lights as quite a few of my channels are going to havemore than 1 light connected.this will also be mounted outside with secoundary protection from the weather of plastic sheeting I have to go up the loft to start writing down the power demands from my lights ...- any tips from you experienced boys :cool:?

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