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Astronomical clock-digital power switch

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Kenyon, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. Kenyon

    Kenyon LawnSite Member
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    Are there any other landscape lighting manufacturers that offer a digital power switch device other than nightscaping?
  2. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,181

    mdl avalible thru cast branding...kichler.... coppermoon ect

    Intermatic avalible thru florida outdoor lighting or lowes.
  3. sprinkler guy

    sprinkler guy LawnSite Member
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    Is that a plug-in model that would work in some of these open architecture transformers, or is a like a dimmer swtch that needs to be hardwired?
  4. Lightscapes

    Lightscapes LawnSite Member
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    Digital timers you can get through almost every manufacturer. Astronomic timers, on the other hand, are not as common.

    Nightscaping has the Power Switch (the timer is made by Aube)that only fits in the Nightscaping transformers, and Intermatic has a plug-in version, but it may or may not fit in any given transformer. I know that in the CAST versions of the MDL (the Journeyman and the Masters series for sure, not positive about the PowerPro series), you must open the panel and flip the internal plug 180 degrees for the unit to fit. This makes the display upside down, but I find that I program the timer out of the transformer anyway, so this in no big deal to me.
  5. Go Halogen

    Go Halogen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 102

    I would really like to start using these. Who has used them a lot? Anything to be aware of? Are they very costly? and finally, does anyone have images to post of a solid link?

    Thanks in advance.

  6. Go Halogen

    Go Halogen LawnSite Member
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    Sorry....I meant astronomic not astrologic......I don't even believe in Horoscopes.
  7. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If for some reason you don't like Nightscaping transformers (Powercenters) or already have an existing transformer of some other brand that you'd like to convert, you can order the stand-alone version of the PS.

    It's called an ETC-400. List price was $138.00 last I checked, but you can plug in two transformers, and it is contained in a SS box about 6" x 6".

    There's no breaker or fusestat with it. But I'm assuming you're plugging into a GFCI and your transformer has some built in breaker. I've used these with existing Intermatic, Vista and CLL Cal Series transformers as well as the old NS green boxes. Never had a problem.

    BTW, they do not self-adjust for DST.
  8. pete scalia

    pete scalia LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 960

    BTW, they do not self-adjust for DST.

    That's a bummer
  9. Kenyon

    Kenyon LawnSite Member
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    I found a Digital lamp & appliance self adjusting timer (DT27CL) for $18.00 at Lowes it appears it will plug into a FX transformer, I'll try it tomorrow. One draw back it only has one automatic off time and I could not make it earlier than 5:37 AM.

    The nightscape one is more versitile it have two time programs but only works with N/S trannys.
  10. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,181

    yes plug in just like the mdl timers if your familiar with them. Only hitch is on some mdl transformers (kichler) you need to remove the socket for the timer inside the trans and simply flip it over... takes about 5 min to do.

    the number we been using is the DT27C. Not only will it save you money over the mdl timers but it will eliminate the need for a photocell. I think they are also rated for 15amps


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