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Thread: Transfer switch for 12v emergency lighting?

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    Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bassist58 View Post
    I agree totally.

    I am scrapping the idea of automatically turning the system on when the power goes out.
    The KISS principal is always the way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bassist58 View Post
    I agree totally.

    I am scrapping the idea of automatically turning the system on when the power goes out. I am now looking into using LED strips (16' lengths chopped up and distributed throughout my house, more like mood lighting), still powered by a 12V battery (solar charged), but using a simple on/off switch which I could find in the dark, if necessary. This way, I could just use the lights whenever I felt like.Thank you all for your input. I will do more research and post my final design idea in the Electronics forum.

    Thanks again!

    Brian

    I would not scrap the Auto idea.

    You could add 1 switch and make it all work.

    The switch could be a test switch that just kills the relay, and makes for a good monthly test for your battery system.

    Don't give up yet.


    The Electronics forum, may be a good place for some Safe Low Voltage design ideas.

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