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Anyone having issues with Intermatic Astrological Timers?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by JimLewis, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well if timer and app modules are on same phase in a single panel home then your in the clear
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  2. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yes, "if" is the key here... If they are not on the same phase then you will need a phase coupler to ensure reliability.
     
  3. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes your right James but it does take all of 5 minutes to open the panel and swap a breaker to the spot above or below
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  4. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    IF you are a licensed electrician, and IF the panel is wired such that it is easy to do, then yes you are correct. IF you are not an electrician the LAST thing you should be doing is going into a panel to do anything. Doing so does nothing to promote the professionalism of our industry and your operation.
     
  5. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
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    Oh im with you on all of these ifs james. I just assume steves clients are professionals and knows these things. If hes pushing upb to joe the landscaper then he has bigger problems then phase a vs b
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  6. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sure, I've considered it. But an intermatic astro timer costs me about thirty bucks. What would the Simply Automated system cost me? 10x that???? Maybe more?
     
  7. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
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    Contact Steve lets not get in a price battle over internet
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  8. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm not looking for an exact price. I'm aware of how much the Simply Automated systems cost. My point is they're not really anywhere close to the same price range as a timer. With the control unit, astro. outlet, and phase coupler (not to mention labor for all these and the possibilty of needing to hire an electrician for the phase coupler) - this option really isn't in the same price range, at all.

    Don't get me wrong. I really like the Simply Automated systems. Really clever stuff. And I like Steve as well. The new stuff they have out is a huge improvement over the stuff that had last year. But I am not sure this is really a suitable replacement for a $30 timer, that's all I'm saying.
     
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  9. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
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    Try the external intermatics like i said earlier ive had no issues with them
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  10. Steve Atkinson

    Steve Atkinson LawnSite Member
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    Thanks Jim for the kind words.

    A final note and I will finish this thread off.

    For $30.00 one gets one timer for one transformer.

    For about 10X as Jim observed, one gets a baseline megatimer and receivers to create a system with great capabilities for the client.

    Two very different product applications.

    Enough Said. Thanks.
     

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