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
- 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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