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Will this work with an energy efficient low wattage bulb (below 40 watts? Can I connect it in an old house with only 2 wires in the box (no separate ground wire)?

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I wrote a page on Honeywell Aube timers with manuals for each model number
http://waterheatertimer.org/Aube-timers.html

Manual for T1032 7-day 500 watt timer says it works on florescent lights, but doesn't specifically say compact florescent.

Minimum load is 40 Watts.

Cold weather: I wrote to Aube about rechargeable battery, and they say timer should be located inside house since cold temps (below freezing) will cause display to slow or stop functioning.

Two wire installation: Aube is made for two-wire switch replacement with no ground.

How to wire:
After connecting wires show below, turn on power and push on-off button.
If lights work, timer is correct.
If lights don't work, then reverse wires.

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lumens is a measure of light intensity
the lower the number the duller the light, the higher the number the brighter the light average shops have a level of limens around 750 as this is the safe light level for eyes
Wattage is current flow ( amps) and was used as a measure to show the intensity of the light
12 watt bulb is dull in 240 volts situation where a 500 watt bulb as in ( quartz halogen bulbs) is something that will blind you
You will notice a change in readings from incandescent bulbs-- the old units that had a filament in them--20 watt, 40 watt,60 watt, 100 watt to fluorescent lighting where the power saver bulbs have a rating of 12 watts is equal to 60 watts of the old bulb ( a rough attempt to show the lumens ratings )
this was an attempt to compare the light intensity so that customers could see how bright the new bulb would be
Now that there are LCD units , the wattage is so low that a comparison cannot be made so the shift is to lumens as a measure of light intensity ---in reality the results are the same
for example a torch with 3 X aaa batteries as a low lumen rating as you can see by the brightness of the light and if you compare that with the lumens rating of driving lights that light up the road for miles
the wattage(amps)for the big lumens rated lights will still be low compared to the head light s in current use

Mar 10, 2016 | Televison & Video

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1 question can Cutler Hammer breakers have the amperage feed through the breakers. To the breaker box and from the box grid to the load. Does it matter which way the amperage is fed through the breaker?...


There seem to be several questions mingled in with those 2 questions.

1) Amps can go either way

2) Breakers trip when heat exceeds certain level. Heat is caused by amps.

3) You want to add a subpanel in garage.
I do not know the code in your area for installing a subpanel.
Your plan will work by connecting 6 gauge wire to main breaker, and new 60 amp breaker will protect wires between main box and subpanel.
Remember, wires going into main breaker cannot be turned off without pulling meter.
Some areas require license to pull meter.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-circuit-breaker.html

4) To work around license and meter-pull, simply replace a 240V breaker in main panel with your new 60 amp breaker.
Then move breakers around to match new set-up.
New subpanel can accommodate two new 240V breakers and one new 120 Breaker
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-a-subpanel.html

5) 6 gauge wire is correct for 60 amp breaker.

6) I'm not sure what you mean by the box rails?

7) Do you need more amperage on main service?
This means adding a larger service panel with 150 Watt or 200 Watt main breaker.
Some areas require service upgrade when remodeling or adding circuits.

8) How to figure total amp draw at your house.
Add up total watts being used.
For example you have 1/2 Hp motor
754 watts per Hp
1/2 Hp = 377Watts
Volts x Amps = Watts
Amps = Watts divided by Volts.
377 Watts divided by 240Volts = 1.57 amps (plus a bit more amperage when motor starts)
40 watt light bulb divided by 120Volts = .33 amps
Double oven has label located inside door that shows upper and lower wattage.
Dishwasher, dryer, big screen TV, satellite receiver all have labels that show wattage.
Water heater has label that shows wattage of each element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Figure-Volts-Amps-Watts-for-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/See-inside-main-breaker-box.html

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Feb 18, 2011 | Cutler Hammer 100 Amp Main Breaker...

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I have a trailer house that has a 100 amp breaker box in it. I has gas for heat, water heater and stove. I am changing them to electric. Will I need to change the panel put to a 200 amp.


Its probably not a bad idea. Thats alot for a 100A panel to handle, a range needs a 50A, a water heater needs 30A, and the heat will need a 50A or a 60A breaker... Plus whatever else is in the house will be a bit more than the 100A service can handle. But if you don't have the money it will do for a while because for the most part they won't all be pulling at the same time. Word to the wise get at least a 30 space panel when you upgrade, I always install a 40 space panel because for the cost difference its well worth it for future needs because you'll fill it up quicker than you think and you'll have space for anything else you may want to add later on. Hope I helped

Dec 09, 2010 | Your One Source Homeline Circuit Breaker

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How to troulbe shoot my 300-Watt Power Pack/Timer. it doesnt turn on but it does turn off on time. had this product for 4 years and just now started having problems with the timer.


'Harry' wrote to me yesterday with handy malibu information.
1) Power packs come with 5 year limited warranty.
He is contacting Malibulights.com for a refund of some type.
Hope he writes back and says how that comes out.
2) He was having problem and plugged power pack into wall timer, then set timer.
Heh heh, pretty clever: Malibu transformer works, but timer doesn't, so plug power pack into a wall timer!!

That being said, I had same problem with my power pack.
I used blower to remove dirt and sprayed wd-40 and tried to take it apart.
My power pack was getting electricity.
Connections were good where lights tie into wire.
My lights never turned off.

Power pack doesn't come apart.
I turned it upside down thinking water got into timer.
I took it inside and let it warm up.
It still wouldn't work so bought another one.
Then I searched Intermatic and Malibulights.com for answer, but they have no troubleshooting or repair other than check electricity and check bulbs.
Conclusion: when power pack doesn't work, it is broken.
Unless you buy a separate timer and plug power pack into that timer as Harry suggests.

After researching power packs at Intermatic, Malubulights.com, ebay etc, the best I found were tips for next power pack that might save money:
The reason I add these tips now, before your power pack needs replacement is some fella wrote-in.
He bought 500 Watt power pack to replace 300 Watt > thinking bigger was better.
Power pack burned out. Here's why:
1) Match wattage of bulbs with wattage of power pack
-15 each X 20 watt bulbs = 300 watts, so install 300Watt power pack
2) Installing a 500W power pack on 300W of bulbs will burn out bulbs and power pack.
3) Replace bulbs as soon as they burn out or other bulbs will burn out and power pack will burn out.
4) When working on bulbs, unplug power pack or it may burn out.
http://www.malibulights.com/guides_support/low_voltage_planning_guide/select_your_power_pack

Dec 03, 2010 | Malibu ML300RTW - Low Voltage Power Pack...

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My 600 watt 12 volt transformer timer for out door lighting does not keep time properly. HOw do I get and install a new timer?


1) Amazon sells 600Watt power pack:
http://www.amazon.com/Malibu-8100-9600-01-Voltage-Power-Transformer/sim/B002ZRPM4A/2

2) I bought new 300Watt Malibu power pack at Home Depot about 2 months ago.
Near the lighting section.
My new power pack has electronic time clock, so no more 'slow clock.'
I think Home Depot had 600Watt.
Lowes carries different brand.

3) Manuals for power packs at Malibu lights.com
http://www.malibulights.com/customer_service/owners_manuals.aspx

4) Tips for buying and taking care of power pack:
-Match up wattage of bulbs with wattage of power pack
-15 each X 20 watt bulbs = 300 watts, so install 300Watt power pack
-Installing a 500W power pack on 300W of bulbs will burn out bulbs and power pack.
-Replace bulbs as soon as they burn out or other bulbs will burn out and power pack will burn out.
-When working on bulbs, unplug power pack or it may burn out.
http://www.malibulights.com/guides_support/low_voltage_planning_guide/select_your_power_pack

5) How to install power pack.
Before unplugging old power pack, check which bulbs are not working.
Replace bulbs using phillips screwdriver.
Unplug power pack.
Notice how wires are connected to power pack, write down terminal connections.
Some power packs have three terminals ... extra terminal is for additional photoelectric eye.
Use pliers or screwdriver to disconnect wires.
New power pack has has same terminals.
Plug in power pack.
Read instruction manual before connecting wires.
Save instruction manual because a few years that manual won't be around as products change.

Dec 03, 2010 | Malibu Intermatic Inc. ML121RT Low...

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I just installed a 1000 W 3-way toggle dimmer for a load of 12 75 W recessed lights, each holding 65W bulbs. When I turn the lights on, the metal plate around the dimmer gets very hot. Is this normal?


The watt rating is absolutely critical to the operation of the device.
The high heat is a direct result of too much amperage flowing through the dimmer.

Reduce your wattage immediately or stop using the dimmer.
You have a fire hazard.

According to the math, you have 20 - 65 Watt bulbs
Change 12 of the bulbs to 40 watt and you will drop to the 1000W max.
12 x 40 = 480W
8 x 65 = 520W
Total = 1000

However I am worried about this circuit.
A typical 15 amp switch (not a dimmer, but the switch) is maxxed-out at 1440 Watts.
So if you had 20 100 watt bulbs for 2000 Watts, it would heat up the 15 amp switch
It seems very odd that an electrician would put 20 lights on one circuit without having a 20 amp switch and 12 gauge wire.
Look at the markings on the switch you replaced and look for amps or watts.
And then look at the color of the wire cable inside your box ... 12 gauge wire is yellow and the lighter-weight 14 gauge wire is white.
If you have a white wire going to all those lights, then you are going to burn down the house unless the total wattage is reduced.
Volts X Amps = Watts.

I think your circuit needs a review to make sure it has the correct wire.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Color-codewire2.html

This being said, Lutron makes 1800 Watt dimmers.
You can web search: 1800Watt single pole dimmer
If you have yellow-colored 12 gauge wire, it can carry up to 1920 Watts

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Nov 04, 2010 | Lutron 1000-Watt Incandescent Dimmer...

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Where can I find wiring and set up instructions?


Below is link going to malibu.com manuals
http://www.malibulights.com/customer_service/owners_manuals.aspx

Below is link going to a guide for setting up your malibu lighting
http://www.malibulights.com/guides_support/low_voltage_planning_guide/select_your_power_pack.aspx

Let me save you some money:
1) Match up wattage of bulbs with wattage of power pack:
15 - 20 watt bulbs = 300 watts = 300 watt power pack ... if you buy the 500 watt power pack for 300Watts of bulbs, then it will burn up the power pack.
2) Replace bulbs as soon as they burn out or other bulbs will burn out and the power pack will burn out too
3) When working on bulbs, unplug power pack or the power pack may burn out

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Nov 01, 2010 | Malibu ML600TW - Low Voltage Power Pack -...

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Can I connect more than 6 lights to one garden light fixture package and if so how do I do it?


If you are referring to a wired low voltage light set (you listed under a ceiling fan, so I'm not positive what we're working on) Yes, you can, providing the total wattage of the bulbs is less than the wattage output of the transformer. (i.e. If you have a 50 watt transformer and 6 watt bulbs 6X6=36 you could add 2 more lights, which would be 48 watts) Do not exceed the rated output of the transformer. As to how, they usually use some form of wire piercing connection and usually come with instructions for how to use their connector. Good luck

Mar 20, 2010 | PROGRESS Lighting 52" Signature...

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Can you hook up two 12 gauge cables to the power pack of the ML 300 RTW transformer. Power cable would run in different directions. Thank you Joe


Hello yes you can the Important thing to remember here is not to exceed the wattage that the transformer puts out.

Add up the wattage of each bulb that you are running and ensure that you do not exceed 300 watts.

for example a 300 watt transformer could drive
a. 10 - 30 watt bulbs
b. 20 - 15 watt bulbs
c 75 - 4 watt bulbs

Its also ok to mix bulb wattage for example I use 10 watt bulbs in the fixtures in the front of the house but also power 4 20watt spotlights from the same transformer.

Hope that helps

Feb 26, 2010 | Malibu ML300RTW - Low Voltage Power Pack...

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Need specs and wiring options


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