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lmbrsn

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Newbie need Help
« on: February 04, 2011, 07:23:25 PM »

I am a newbie and have a few questions. Sorry if this has been answered before but I don't really know what to ask.
I have 200 amp power coming in to a pole with a breaker box, there are 2 100 amp breakers in it. 1 breaker goes to the house about 300 ft with a breaker box on it. The 2nd breaker goes to the barn which is about 200 ft from the main pole.
My question is about phase converters, how many do I need. Just 1 to tie the phases together or 1 at every breaker box.
I just want to turn some lights on at the barn from the house. It will go through 3 breaker boxes. Is this do able?
Thanks Jim
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Re: Newbie need Help
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2011, 07:25:48 AM »

My thought is you could get by with a phase coupler installed at the pole where the two branch circuits split. I don't have experience with the distances that you are talking as the X10 powerline signal essentially has to travel 500 feet from the house to the barn. Since you need a phase coupler anyway, I would recommend you buy a combo unit(phase coupler/booster) Perhaps others with "distance" experience will jump in to recommend a specific module.
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Re: Newbie need Help
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2011, 02:33:31 PM »

I would recommend you buy a combo unit(phase coupler/booster) Perhaps others with "distance" experience will jump in to recommend a specific module.
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lmbrsn

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Re: Newbie need Help
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2011, 05:26:17 PM »

Thanks, That is what I thought. I talked to a salesman and they said that I needed 3 couplers.
Any suggestions on switches, they will be for flood lights only no dimming needed. I need 2 switches that are the decorator style, and 6 of the regular light switch.
Also do they make a motion sensor flood light that the on off switch will over ride the motion switch?.
I am trying to talk the wife into this, so I need to kind of come up with a budget.
Thanks.
Jim
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Re: Newbie need Help
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2011, 05:43:05 PM »

Thanks, That is what I thought. I talked to a salesman and they said that I needed 3 couplers.
Any suggestions on switches, they will be for flood lights only no dimming needed. I need 2 switches that are the decorator style, and 6 of the regular light switch.
Also do they make a motion sensor flood light that the on off switch will over ride the motion switch?.
I am trying to talk the wife into this, so I need to kind of come up with a budget.
Thanks.
Jim
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