Remote switching of yard lights

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  1. Cjmc

    Cjmc Active Member

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    hi all,
    Have just installed a light pole in the yard with 2 400w lights pointing in different directions.
    Yard is a couple of miles from the house, so was wondering is there any way to remotely switch them on and off, so that if I switched them on when leaving the house,they would be fully on by the time I reach the yard.
    Don’t really want them on a timer, times that I go to yard can vary from day to day.
    Thanks
     
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    If you have WiFi in the yard these would work .
     
  4. Cjmc

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    Thanks, wouldnt be keen on running through the sockets either, but something along that line is the idea.
     
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    Change your lights to LED and you will not have to wait as it has full power the instance they are turned on and i would consider them better, more like day light.
     
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  6. Cjmc

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    Only have WiFi during calving season, so no WiFi for about 8 Months of the year.
    Something like the electric fence job, done via gsm, but hardwired into the circuit would be ideal.
     
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  7. Cjmc

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    Would prefer to have them on while driving into the yard if possible..
     
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    Led lights either dusk to dawn, or motion sensor.
    400w is very high nowadays
     
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    LED is the way to go and as mentioned have a motion sensor to switch on as you drive into yard. Also good for security! You can wire them so that you can turn them permanently on for while you are in the yard if you like and then switch back to sensor when leaving
     
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    I have mine on a photocell they turn on when it gets dark and turn off at dawn. Great job
     
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    Thanks for that I'll have a look.
     
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    I put up a 6m light pole this year at my entrance gate with a really good LED light which illuminates 25mtrs each side of pole as good as daylight. It works on a dusk to dawn sensor so is on all night. My electrician told me it would average out at €0.11 per night. I didn’t believe him but felt if it was anything under €1.00 a night it worth it. I am stunned but so far the 11 cents per night is fairly accurate.
    LED Definitely the way to go.
     
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  15. Cjmc

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    Would I be right in saying I would also need a 240- 24v power converter?
     
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    No 9 to 24vdc.
     
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    I think you mean 24 to 9 assuming gate is 24.
     
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    I read it that he wasn’t sure what voltage the rtu was. B62CBD40-93E8-44F1-A5D8-A7AEAAB82C33.jpeg
     
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    I see they do a 240v ac input version as well, might go for that one instead, save having to rig up a 24v dc supply, to power the unit.
     
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    Sorry i wasn't on for a while, As the lads said above PSU needed, generally 12v will do all of these as the voltage range is 9-24 so anything in between will work, i find a 12v PSU is the most available.
    The one you linked thats 240v is just a package that includes a PSU. It is still a 9-24v unit.
    If i made up a unit for you ready to fit would it help ?

     
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    sorry I thought he was talking about taking from the gate transformer. He may already have 24v on the gate controller in which case no power supply is needed
     
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    Cheers enda, how much would it cost for you to make it up, pm me if ya like.
    Looking at psu on rs online, how much current does the gsm unit draw?
     
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    I have a stack of din rail mounted 12v power supplies if any use €10 each.
     

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