Trace voltage after timer clicks off?


#1

Hi, if we have any electricians here, I would appreciate a word with you! I purchased 2 p600 from Advanced Platinum. I am currently using them now for my scrog. As they are in veg. I can still go back there in the dark and feel around for whatever I need. I was in there the other night and out of the corner I saw some light. At first I thought it was a reflection in tin foil from the light in the hall way. When I got closer to the lights I could see several diodes very dimly shinning.both lights were affected. The guy in Lowe’s told me that timers are made for incandescent lights and that the L.E.D.s are more sensitive. I checked the outlet it had a ground. I went to Home Depot and bought another timer that said it could be used for L.E.D.'s. When the light went out last night I went back there and unfortunatly they were still showing dim light. Now I know there are a lot of folks using L.E.D.'s, has anyone else had any problems like this? If so, what did you do? Is there a special timer for L.E.D.'s? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Mike


#2

I run my timer in a surge protector , never had that problem !


#3

Thank you Yoshi. I have tried just about every thing else, I will give that a try. Take care, Mike


#4

Get a 3 prong mechanical timer that will fix it
Needs to have a real earth


#5

Hey Iva, I was in lowe’s and think I know what you mean. Is it the ones in the metal box where you have to run wire threw the bottom? I think it was about 47.00 dollars. On one of those fix it shows they told me that I had to get a timer with a neutral in it? I am not to savvy on electric, could you please tell me what you mean by saying " Needs to have real earth ". Thanks in advance, Mike


#6

Look on the box to see if it has an earth in the little fig they give
I use the ones with the little tabs you click up or down for on or off
I get the $9 ones for lights they last longer and stop when the power goes off you will never have less then 12 dark

This is the same as I use 15min per tab works for my flood and drain too but mine is 240v
I have never seen the leds just glowing when off but now I am adding it to my testing on lights


#7

No little earth. 24 hr programable, grounded outlet, Incan, LED, CFL, ECO OPTIONS, & Recycle are the only pics or symbols the box has. It is a Defiant outdoor extreme weather timer. It was the only one I could find that had L.E.D.'s on it. Mike. PS My Spectrum Kings never had any problem. The problem started when I bought the Advance Platinum’s p600. And they were not glowing, but very feint. I can hold up a piece of white paper and you see this light on paper until you get about four inches away from light and you can’t see anymore.


#8

Iva, what part of the world do you hail from as I don’t recognize this brand you are showing in picture, Mike


#9

This is what I use they are a generic timer mine are a clipsal brand and i got this pic off a US site
Mine is 240v this one is 120v
Try a different power point at the other end of the house first just to rule out a dodgy loop in the wiring

http://blueprintcontrollers.com/Product

I dont use programmable ones anymore too many problems with them


#10

Well I ordered it on Amazon not 5 minutes ago. Thank you for your Time and info. Iva. Mike Cicchino


#11

I used one like this for my 2kw heater :slight_smile:


#12

I use the same one


#13

Harbor freight has a good one for 10 bucks