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Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
8/3/2011 9:33:09 PM
If your new to animated display's or just having a hard time wrapping your mind around your electrical needs.

Here is best display tool around. It is the Quartz Hill Calculator. It is used to track electrical usage/needs.
You enter all the lights into the page, and then setup your controllers.
I have tweaked it to fit my needs, but it is pretty great on it's own.

http://www.quartzhillchristmas.com/12.html
Erin Spindler
Erin Spindler
Posts: 79
11/7/2011 1:10:38 PM
I am going to try your calculator. How does it work? I am not an electrician and have no clue of what I am doing when it come to amps,watts, etc. It actually scares me. Should I get an electrician to help me with this? Or do you think I could use the calculator?
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
11/7/2011 1:56:03 PM
I think it is pretty straight forward. The only goofy thing is that you have to know amps/per bulb. Which you just take the total amps for the string and divide by the number of bulbs. I just created a field to the far right to calculate it for me. Not that it was hard at all, but then I could just copy the calculation for the rest of the strings.
Erin Spindler
Erin Spindler
Posts: 79
11/8/2011 4:23:05 AM
Kent Vosburg wrote:
I think it is pretty straight forward. The only goofy thing is that you have to know amps/per bulb. Which you just take the total amps for the string and divide by the number of bulbs. I just created a field to the far right to calculate it for me. Not that it was hard at all, but then I could just copy the calculation for the rest of the strings.



Alright I will give it try it sounds pretty easy. After you add every thing up it tells you how many amps I have for that channel? That is cool you are a genius. Thanks Kent
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
11/9/2011 6:03:04 PM
I'm no genius. I did create a speadsheet, but not that one. His is much fancier than mine was. I did tweak it a bit to suit my needs, but the base is all his. He also has another program that you point at your sequence file, and it will tell you total energy needs. So how often are you actually using that incandescent rope light that draws a huge amount of amps.

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