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Old 05-24-2012, 01:41 AM   #1
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I am looking at installing iron gates with an automatic gate opener. The gate is about 200 feet from the nearest power. So to run 110 volts to it require 200 feet of conduit 18" underground. On other hand low voltage wire can be run much easier.

Does anyone have an experience with AC/low voltage automatic gate openers? Let say http://www.mightymule.com/gate-openers-fm502.htm as an example. Local automatic gate company representative was negative about it, but he is a sales person.

Any recommendation/suggestions will be appreciated.

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Vadim

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Look into solar powered gate electronics. No need make long cable runs.

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Look into solar powered gate electronics. No need make long cable runs.
I also want to add intercom with video camera, and it is too far for wireless, so I need to run low voltage wire anyway. Anyway, it doesn't change my question, how reliable are low voltage gate operators (either they are powered by transformer or solar)?
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To save money on long runs of copper go to higher voltages and lower currents. A default value for power for this device could be 1 hp. Solar will give you about 160w per sq. meter of panel. I doubt that any manuf. of consumer equip. will give you MTBF numbers for their products.

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