View Full Version : How to control 110v AC

02-04-2005, 06:36 AM
I want to control 3 110v devices (with individual standard outlets, a la X10) with LCD and timer, but I don't want to use X10. From previous posts I have learned that a triacs/solid state relays would do the job. The 3 outlets would drive 3 60W power compact lights with ballast and standard plug. Basically, I am looking to integrate 3 standard 110v outlets in one box and control it with a stamp.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thank you very much in advance.

02-04-2005, 09:57 PM
Really, use X10 -- but you've already rejected that option.

Others have used Tri-acs in this instance, I'm sure.

02-04-2005, 10:00 PM
Yes, as alanlane5 says, you should really cosider X10-they would be the easyest to use.

So many projects, so little time.

02-05-2005, 02:29 AM
Hm, the idea is to integrate everthing in one box. I have currently 3 power compact lights for my aquarium on 3 individual timers. I want to get rid of the clutter and steer the timers with the stamp to control 3 outlets. I am not sure how to integrate X10, as I don't have any experience with it. If anyone can point my to some documentation, it'd be happy to look into it. Do you have to use the standard appliance modules or is there a way to integrate it on the PCB?

Thanks a lot..

Post Edited (Monoment) : 2/4/2005 7:43:40 PM GMT

02-05-2005, 03:55 AM
Using the 'Firecracker' module is easiest, as this gives you RF control of the X10 modules.
You would have to have 3 of the 'appliance' modules, probably plugged in to a power strip. One module could be the RF reciever for the 'Firecracker' sending unit.

There's no way to implement X10 controls on your own PCB, but having three appliance modules is hopefully not too great a burden.

Check out www.x10.com for the Firecracker kit. People do have the protocol for the CM11, and CM17 (one of which is the firecracker unit)

02-05-2005, 04:07 AM
Thanks for the info. Yea, I wanted to avoid the appliance modules. They're huge and wouldn't help me with the timer clutter, as the timers would get replaced by the even bigger X10 modules. I have X10 at home and I know that I could just get 3 modules and program them with the supplied X10 software, but I want to get around it and have everything in one box with no modules to control the 3 lights, eventually with a nice LCD to set the on/off times. I'll try it with a solid state relay or a darlington with standard relay.

Any other suggestions?

Post Edited (Monoment) : 2/4/2005 9:10:34 PM GMT

02-05-2005, 08:05 AM
I would use ssr's.· I did a·wireless project where I had to control 120v from a half mile or so and I used an ssr, with absolutely no issues here is a link from jameco.