UPB recepticals

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Pro-Scapes, Dec 24, 2007.

  1. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    To all the upb guys out there.

    I have 6 upb outlets on a project and 3 trans moduals. Everything is cutting on and off at the correct times however

    I was informed AFTER I installed all of this the UPB recepticals do not cut voltage when they cycle off. They cut the amperage. The problem is a small amount of amerage leaks thru and since I have LED lights on the recepticals its causing them to remain lit VERY dim but noticeable. Im pretty sure if this was a trans or incadesant load it would be of no issue but with my micro draw for 500 led's per receptical its enough to leak into em.

    I got the outlets from controlscape but they said simply automated on them. Does anyone know of a fix or different outlet that will work in this situation ? Do the UPB switches do the same thing ?
  2. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Billy, I would contact Control Scape and ask them what to do. I'm sure they will have an answer for you.

    Simply Automated is the parent company of Control Scape.
  3. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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    Correction Paul, I dont think Simply Automated is the parent company per se. I believe that Control Scape is actually a sister company to ITouch. Control Scape makes the controllers but utilizes Simply Automated UPB parts in conjunction with their equipment. Billy, I would contact Simply Automated directly and then you could also look to homecontrols.com to get more info on other UPB systems.
    This is the first I have heard of this situation, although my experience with UPB receptacles isnt very vast.
  4. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
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    "I Touch" is what I was thinking of. My bad.
  5. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yes I think its doug hill that owns both if Im not mistaken. The itouch is a very neat system altho it would be on average an 8k upsell from what I have seen. Could be coming down.

    I have an email into Derek Z at controlscape. Not relly much of a solution to it unless I could find some sort of plug in resistor to piggy back with my LED lights to increase the draw so they would fully shut down. Im very certain that a low voltage trans would cut completly off.

    Voltage drops to 109 with the upb off with almost no amperage. With LED's thats enough for em to stay lit slightly.

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