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Installed Lighting
« on: December 15, 2004, 04:20:34 pm »

I am installing a 24 can light system in a church. The cans are 575 watts. I want 24 dimmer channels. I just want to see how other would do this. Would you use wall mount dimmers like the 2408 from NSI or maybe the DS 12/12. We how would you do the wiring would you use conduit or multicondutor cable to break outs? What about codes in a city that requires everything to be in conduit. Can you get away with multiconductor cable. I just want to see what everyone else is doing. The 2408 is great if you are going to group up but the rack 1.2ks are perfect for 1 or 2 cans per channel.

Hal Bissinger/COMSYSTEC

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Re: Installed Lighting
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2004, 08:09:52 pm »

You are kidding right? I suggest that you hire an electrical contractor who knows the code and will do this safely. Unless you ARE a licensed EC you have no business doing this.


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Re: Installed Lighting
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2004, 09:02:38 am »

At a minimum, use a qualified EC to install the power for your dimmer packs.  You could use socaplex (multi-conductor cable with breakouts on both ends).  A socaplex cable will provide connections for 6 circuits. I would suggest twist lock connectors so you don't have to climb up a ladder in the middle of a service to re-plug a light that may have come loose

I would look at rackmount 6 channel dimmer packs like these:

A controller like this:

You can locate the controller near the FOH mix position so you can see the lighting, and locate the dimmer packs somewhere close to the front so your socaplex runs are shorter.
Definitely DON'T use the little 4 channel dimmer packs that mount on the light bar with the fixtures!  You don't want to have to climb a ladder or lift to resest a tripped circuit breaker.

Adam Kane

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Re: Installed Lighting
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2004, 03:41:27 pm »

I have to second Hal here...if you have to ask, don't mess with it.  There's too much that can go wrong.  

Start talking to electricians.

Good luck

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