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  • Night Light & Rain

    Posted on June 22nd, 2011 cwmoore No comments

    I woke up early this morning designing the nightlight circuit and mentally compiling the tools list and parts.  I was up by 0700 and checked email.  Over breakfast of Shredded Wheat, I finalized the sequence of events for the nightlight modification and by 0900 I was at it. I was pretty much finished by 1100.  Here is what I did to install the mechanical timer into the night light circuit:

    • Remove the existing receptacle/switch and box.
    • Install new box and switch/receptacle wired so when switch is off power is cut to light and receptacle.
    • Install Menard’s mechanical timer after the switch so switch OFF removes all power down stream.
    • Set time on/off for 2100/0500.  The photocell does not work well under the tree canopy.
    • Check out operation.

    I then spent the rest of the day running around trying to find a cover plate which I finally found at Trustworthy Hardware in Angola. Now at this time I just checked and the light came on at 2100 hrs.  Yes, another perfect project delivered.

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