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crecore 05-24-2012 10:03 PM

220 line measures 204vac
 
Troubleshooting an led system. The input line measures 114vac on one leg and 116vac on the other and between hots measures only 204vac. I suspect the power is coming from a transformer already since the warehouse was originally built for a Canadian company and could be 575v instead of 480v. I wont get into the led problem just wondering if anyone has experience with such an input situation and if this is typical.

frenchelectrican 05-24-2012 10:49 PM

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Originally Posted by crecore (Post 928258)
Troubleshooting an led system. The input line measures 114vac on one leg and 116vac on the other and between hots measures only 204vac. I suspect the power is coming from a transformer already since the warehouse was originally built for a Canadian company and could be 575v instead of 480v. I wont get into the led problem just wondering if anyone has experience with such an input situation and if this is typical.

What you have is 208 volt network system so that is common for commeral to use this voltage very often in office and small to med sized commercal buildings.

If you feel the 120 volts are little low you can call in the electrician to have the transfomer adjusted ( some of the transfomer have taps so they can be adjusted to correct voltage level )

And it is common to have either 575 or 480 volts triphase to the transfomer to downstep to 208Y120 volts which that is very common to do that.

Merci,
Marc

Techy 05-24-2012 10:50 PM

Voltages are typical for a 120/208V system very likely this is what you have, especially if in a commercial building. '220v' doesnt actually exist in the US, you have 120/240V 1, 120/208v 1(Common in apartment buildings and light commercial), 120/208v 3, 120/240v 3 Delta, and 277/480v 3, as the most common service voltages

micromind 05-24-2012 11:29 PM

I agree with the above; you have two legs of a 120/208 3 wye connected system.

Very common when the service is more than 120/240.

Rob

crecore 05-25-2012 05:29 AM

Ok, thanks for all the replies. I need to see if they can adjust this up. The transformer being used after this is a true 220-240v input. So, we are out of range quite a bit. This could be causing most or all of the problem.

AllanJ 05-25-2012 05:40 AM

If the "120 volt" power is between 110 and 120 volts it is within accepted tolerances.

Equipment rated for 120/240 volts or 240 volts may not be operated on 208 volt systems unless the equipment is also rated for 208 (or 120/208) volts or known to be of a nature, such as containing only resistance elements, that is insensitive to downward voltage variations. But 120/240 volt equipment should work fine on a 120/240 volt system that actually measures 110/220 volts.


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