Urgent help needed Halides

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  1. jono

    jono MASA Contributor

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    good day all

    I need help is there anything that i can do to stop my lights blowing my timer they last three months or so then they just stop working.

    What can i do???????
     
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  3. mariusmeyer

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    What timers are you using and what is the total wattage you have connected to them?
     
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    jono Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Im not sure when i went to voltex he told me it was the right timer for the two 150w halides so ya for three hundred bucks. There were cheaper ones so i took this one as being a better make and being told it was the right one to use.
     
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    Jono are you using electronic timers?

    What ballasts are you running?
     
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    Let the timers control a relay(s), and put the lights on the relay and not the timers. Timer's isn't really ideal to run high loads on. On the relay side, you will be looking for solid state relays which normally are rated up to 10A. If that's not enough, use two, or three relays.
     
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    I used to run 2 X 250W halides with magnetic ballasts on an electronic timer for 1.5 years with no issues. But using a separate relay is the better option if they keep on failing.
     
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    Is both Halides on the same timer?

    If yes, can understand why timer fails. On startup, they use a lot of power. Using 2 separate timers will help.

    Else, use the relay option
     
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    get a geyser timer R200 and its all digital! they rated to 5kw so should be fine
     
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    The "better" timers will have built in relays but most of the cheapish ones aren't rated to switch high amounts of current. If the timer doesn't burn out, the next thing that will happen is that the contacts will burn, meaning it will always be on and will be unable to switch off (the same will happen over time with under rated relays too).

    A good quality relay will pretty much cost the same as a good quality timer... You can go either way with this.
     
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    Hi. I hope this isn't out of context or inappropriate but I have been using my timer for quite a while now. It is getting a little old but still works well. Very reliable. It's called a "mother" ;)
     
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    Thanks guys both lights are on the same timer as its a lighting unit. So i either need to buy a bigger badder timer or install a relay, well thanks guys i will look at the options properly
     
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