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    Ray
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    An OpenSprinkler user, Maxwell, sent me this photo to share. Here is the description:

    Thought you might enjoy what I’ve done. I am using 2 expansion modules. There are a total of 17 zones with 3 futures for the sprinklers. Then I added 4 24vac relays. As of now I have 1 relay for an outlet on my fence that will power LED Christmas lights. Waiting for inspiration for the other relays.

    #25777

    Lamby
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    Can I ask for the details of the relay you are using? And where you got them from?

    I am struggling to find relays with 24vac control.

    Thanks

    #25778

    Ray
    Keymaster

    You can find 24VAC relays on Digikey, Mouser, or other electronic component distributors. For example, here is my search result on digikey:
    http://www.digikey.com/product-search/en?FV=fff40010%2Cfff80367%2C120000a&k=relay&mnonly=0&newproducts=0&ColumnSort=1000011&page=1&stock=0&pbfree=0&rohs=0&quantity=1&ptm=0&fid=0&pageSize=25

    Also, note that all current versions of OpenSprinkler have a built-in relay (5V coil voltage, contact rating 120V / 2A and more recent version 240V / 3A). I would be cautious to use them to actually switch power-line devices, because the PCB traces are probably not thick enough to run a high amount of current at 110V. But they can perfectly switch low voltage (like 40V or below) devices.

    #48055

    Regdone
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    I modified OS for a friend of mine, who want to use it also for christmas lights. To use an easy to find 12VDC power supply and 12VDC relais on outputs for it, I changed the 8 triacs on output in 8 npn transistors and resistors R1 to R8 in 10kohms. It works fine.
    To note the polarity of power supply, I marked the connectors red and blue.

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