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  1. Hi all, recently purchased a greenpower contactor because I don’t want to set fire to my house. I didn’t realise that it has 2 plugs on, which is a pain because now I have nowhere to plug in my exhaust and oscillating fan. Could I turn the timer on the contactor to 24 hours and then use 2 plug in timers for my lights on 18/6. So that I could plug my fans into the contactor and have them on 24 hours? So on the contact I would have that permanently on with the fans plugged in, then 2 ballast/lights plugged into a timer each and then into the contactor. Sorry if I'm rambling, just need a bit of advice.
  2. Just wondering if I need a contactor or relay for my single HPS light fixture - I've been using a Lumii Heavy-Duty 24hr analog timer all these years, and it's supposed to be fine without a contactor as long as it's a single light and no more powerful than 600w. Mine's 400w. So, do I need a relay or contactor? And if so, which one's are good in the UK? Just saw the thread about lights killing timer switches and started reading......all the talk of house fires got my frickin' attention! So, wanna know the deal to be safe. Gonna get some fire extinguisher, as that's not something I ever thought about before, but you never know. Lot of wood in my place. And, btw, what's the difference between a contactor and a relay, in layman's terms?
  3. Hi. Been putting off asking this, but i've got to.. Please bare with me. It's electrical and i'm in perma stoned head atm, so i'm on the back foot straight away. @botanics @Golden Syrup@Joint hogger @stu914 please laugh, advise or tag anyone else who could also laugh/help/advise I want to run my two 1.2m roof qube's on 12/12 at alternate times to help keep temps stable. Using only what i've got I am currently using a powerstart 2 way contactor to control one 600w hps light. It is set up as normal with the timer on the appropriate plug etc. Like this ^^^^ But with only one light. I have another tent and light running 24/7 with no other contactor available. I was wondering if i could use this one contactor to run two lights as above (well within it's safety rating, and it has two plug sockets as above), but running the lights on alternate cycles. (I know i can buy a contactor thing that does this, but i honestly cant the spare £40 for a month or so, and want to flip the other tent now). This is where i'm pickling my head. Is it just a big no no? Or can i bodge it safely for a while? I'm thinking in order to do this, while still letting the contactor do it's work, i would need 3 timers (which i have). One where it should be, as in the pic. Set to come on when each light is due to come on, going off when each light is due to go off. To make it easier in my head and to set the timers, i would run each tent for 11.5 hours of light. Say the main timer (timer in pic) is set at : on 8am / off 7.30pm and then on 8pm off 7.30am Then timers on the sockets, one for each individual light. Set to run just behind the main timer. Plug One, Timer set : on 8am off 7.40pm (off time irrelevant, so long as after main timer goes off and befor it comes back on) Plug Two, Timer Set : on 8pm off 7.40am (^^^) This way each time a light is due to come on, the secondary timer is already in the right place. When the contactor timer turns on, the right light will come on. When main timer goes off, that light will go off. When it comes back on about half an hour later, the other light will come on, with the secondary timer having already switched over. Am i just over thinking this? Confused Nice one, Tigs
  4. Maxiswitch 13a contactor relay

    From the album Album 1

    Inside a maxiswitch 13a 4pin contactor relay
  5. Hey Ready to start growing, finally, now need a contactor/timer for a 315 agro, are the plug and grow styles good to go ? Only £10/£15, if so any recommended brands ? confused by the expensive prices of the contactors being sold in grow shops. Seen surge protected 4 way ext plugs being sold in supermarkets for about a tenner are they the same thing? Or worth throwing in the mix? Cheers
  6. On Saturday I switched from a 300w flourescent to a 600w HPS with maxibright digital ballast and sunmaster dual spectrum lamp. I set everything up, the timer turned off the light around midnight as planned but when checked at 10:30am, no light. This should have switched back on around 6am. Unplugged it, check it, everything seems fine. Next day (today), same again. The time on the time is still correct (ish) so it's still running. When I unplugged the ballast I plugged it directly into the socket and the light fired straight up. When I plug it into the timer and flick the switch on the socket, the light powers up. I even rotated the timer wheel, the light went off and back on as it should. I got the lamp with the ballast and 'Heavy Duty Contactor Timer' from the same supplier but have not yet contacted them. I thought I'd try to find out more first. I've had a quick search online and there is some history of other people having this issue but I cannot find anyone who had a resolution and then reported back about it. Does anyone have any experience of this issue?