"power Back On" Notification After An Outage? - Electrical - Page 2 - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-31-2012, 10:46 PM   #16
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 21
Rewards Points: 10

Dont the panel mounted surge supressors have an indicating led. I have not installed one in 4 or 5 years but thought they connected across the mains of the panel?
A current transformer wouldnt work without any current flow... There are ways of course i am just not sure what would be legal. You could safe it by running off the main lugs directly to a fuse block mounted in the panel with as short a feed (from the lug to the fuse block) wire as possible and safe. I would use a 240v light and run the circuit across both lugs instead of a 120v Light. You could use 2 120v bulbs in series.
I know i will probably get crap for a few things i said. Not saying i recomend it, just saying if i did it how i would. I would use 240v rather than screwing with neutrals and different feeds etc because i know how screwing with neutrals can cause wierd electrical issues, even though a 120v bulb likely would work. It is just how i would do it is all.
Although... After thinking going 240v route you cant use an ordinary 125v switch.


Marc05 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2012, 11:02 PM   #17
Wire Chewer
Red Squirrel's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3,355
Rewards Points: 138

I would just make sure that you have at least one outlet that is hydro power only. I believe it may be legal to tap into the transfer switch and put a very small sub panel on the incoming hydro feed (can get ones with like 4 circuits) and have an outlet. You could plug something into it that would then tell you there's power.

could also use a non contact voltage detector at the meter where the power comes in. Check it when you know the power is out to make sure it wont pickup your generator somehow though. Those are not always that reliable but can come in handy for at least getting a general idea.

For my server stuff I actually have a 12vdc wall wart plugged into the non UPS side and at the end there is a relay that hooks up to my environmental monitoring device. When power goes out I get an email, and when it restores I also get an email. Did that with arduino. Could do something similar too but would need to be at the transfer switch before the hydro in.


Red Squirrel is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
cell/email notification in the event of a power outage jorourke Electrical 14 02-06-2013 04:46 PM
Didn't have the 'green thing' back in our day gma2rjc Green Home Improvement 6 07-05-2012 05:23 AM
Detached Garage Subpanel + Generator Back Feed insaneirish Electrical 3 09-06-2011 02:09 AM
Need help making a 'back band' around window/door casing. RickDel Carpentry 3 07-15-2010 03:13 PM
Severe Drainage Issue kirridam Landscaping & Lawn Care 11 07-25-2009 06:44 AM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1