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Aronzona

motorized new years ball using L.O.R.

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Hi all, My name is Aaron and I have been decorating for 12 yrs now, I have a unique problem and I hope you all can tell me a simple answer, I built a replica of the new years ball in times square, andI have a garage door opener I plan on using to motorized it, I only have a week to figure out how to trigger the mechanism using L.O.R., Can you help me?? any time I attach any type of relay or transformer the opener automatically thinks its a closed circuit and operates the door opener, so that doesn't work for me...

I was thinking of something in the lines of a mechanical arm, but how to trigger it using L.O.R.?

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I don’t see why using a relay would be a problem. The contacts must be normally open when the relay is off. The LOR TRIAC’s are snubberless, so you can connect it to a 120 VAC relay coil, turn it on for about half a second then turn it off. The opener should operate normally.

BTW, that’s a great idea.

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Are you trying to move the ball in steps? A little bit each hour? When you trigger the opener it goes the entire distance at once.

Chris

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I have a omron my4 relay, i hooked it up and i know it was an open circuit and had no voltage going to it, and the opener activated anyway, what am i doing wrong? it wasn't even plugged in!!!

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Maybe your thinking its wired differently so here's a link to the datasheet.

Download D20MY0305.pdf

I'm assuming you have theMY4-02-AC110-120 part. Try it without LOR hooked up to it. Maybe this relay is sensitive enough that the small amount of leakage in the TRIAC's causes the relay to close. To test this try powering a string of lights with the same channel (parallel the string and relay).

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i never actually had it hooked up to l.o.r., it was just hooked up to the wall unit push button thing that is wired to the garage door opener, and i know i had it wired up right with no current, but why would that make the wires think that it was a closed circuit?? its just 2 low voltage wires red and white, does that make sense?

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thanks ernie,

I hooked up to relay again and this time it's working properly, I have not hooked it into L.O.R. yet , but I will and hopefully it will work fine then too

thanks for your help

Aj

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