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How do I wire tower light
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How do I wire tower light

by eddiexm on Tue Nov 30, 2021 1:11 am

Hi, I am new to this sort of stuff when it comes to DIY involving electricity, wiring, etc. Just to give you a sense of my experience, I am learning, and fairly proficient, in web programming (HTML/CSS/JS/React) and I have purchased & created child soldering projects with step by steps instructions. Like this one https://www.amazon.com/Elenco-Practical-Soldering-Project-Kit/dp/B0002LUAL6/ref=asc_df_B0002LUAL6/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309812383388&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16465985671530824064&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9004169&hvtargid=pla-439460073972&psc=1

I would like to purchase a basic, one color, Red light tower, found here: https://www.adafruit.com/product/2994 but I'm unsure how to wire it. I am simply looking to connect it directly to an electrical outlet which will make it light up. Just to ensure there is no confusion, I am looking to bypass/not use any sort of microcontroller or Arduino, but rather just get the necessary parts to wire this so that it turns on when I plug it into a normal (American) electrical socket. I know there are certain rules to voltage, resistors, transistors and potentially other terms I am unfamiliar with. What steps should I take, what parts should I buy?

Thanks, I appreciate the help.

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Re: How do I wire tower light

by dastels on Tue Nov 30, 2021 9:34 am

As mentioned in the product description (on the product page you linked to) you'll need a 12v supply. The one linked to (i.e. https://www.adafruit.com/product/352 will work.
You will need to add a power socket to plug that power supply into. This will work well https://www.adafruit.com/product/368 (also no soldering with the screw terminals, but I would tin the ends of the wires). Just connect the light power and ground to the + and - terminals of the socket.

That's all you'll need to plug in the power & have it light up. If you want the buzzer you would need to do something to add a switch between the switch wire and ground.

Dave

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Re: How do I wire tower light

by eddiexm on Tue Nov 30, 2021 2:18 pm

Thanks Dave, I really appreciate it. I had no clue it would be this simple. I wasn't sure if the 12v power supply would be too much power.

So if I am understanding this correctly . . .
1. I will take the wires from the Tower light, tin them
2. Insert the power cable and ground (from the tower light) into its proper socket on the female DC power adapter (https://www.adafruit.com/product/368)
3. Then plug the male plug from the power supply (https://www.adafruit.com/product/352) into that female DC power adapter.

Does that sound about right? My apologies if I am being repetitive, I don't want to accidentally burn my house down, LOL.

Note: I had no plans or use for the buzzer at this time.

Thanks again for your assistance.

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Re: How do I wire tower light

by dastels on Tue Nov 30, 2021 3:21 pm

That's it.

You can't have "too much power" from a supply. The circuit (the light in this case) requires a certain amount of current at a specific voltage. If you're supply is able to provide more, it's not a problem... its excess capacity simply doesn't get called on. It's like wanting a glass of juice. It's ok if you have a gallon... you just take your glass and put the rest back.

Just get the wires right.:
Alert tower lights are really easy to use. The brown wire is the common +12V power line, then the other wires are connected to ground to activate the LED light or buzzer. The red wire controls the red LED light and the orange wire is what controls the buzzer which will sound continuously when the wire is grounded.

Dave

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Re: How do I wire tower light

by eddiexm on Tue Nov 30, 2021 6:15 pm

You rock, thank you so much. You are informative and this has been educational.

I am now excited about this project as opposed to nervous. :v)

Thanks again for all your help Dave!

Have a great one.

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Re: How do I wire tower light

by dastels on Tue Nov 30, 2021 9:07 pm

Have fun with it.

Dave

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