How to Make a Christmas Light Controller

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You can have your Christmas lights come on only when you decide. To do this, you need a Christmas light controller. It's easy to buy one, but you can make your own by following a few simple steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Christmas lights
  • CuSB22R
  • Electrical connectors
  • Heavy power cord
  • Pick up a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), which is the brain of your Christmas lights. Cubloc's website carries this controller.

  • Cut the electrical power in the area where you are working. To be sure you are safe, you can cut the power to the whole house.

  • Isolate the three wires (green, black and white) necessary to complete your project. Join them, beginning with adding the green one to a CuSB. You will see an area that says "FG." This is the frame ground and must be attached firmly.

  • Attach the black and white wires to the terminal headers-one on "N" and the other on "L." Do not screw in the black or white wire; however, do twist the green wire into place. Join the CuSB label com wire to the "N." Tightly attach the P40 label to the CuSB.

  • Join P41 to a screw and P42 to another screw. Now connect "L" to the other screw on the connectors. Next, hook up the Christmas lights to the connectors.

  • Go into the CublocStudio and insert 300 as the interval. List "high" as 40, "low" as 41 and "high" as 42. If you want slower lights, change the interval to a lower number.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never take chances with electricity. It doesn't take much to electrocute yourself.

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