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Dimming the screen tower lights 09 May 2001 09:19 #1603

  • Ken Layton
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I now have the ability at the Skyline Drive-in (Shelton, Wash.) to remotely control and/or dim the screen tower and field lights from the booth. We never had a power contactor or relay to operate the lights at the tower and a 500 foot run of wire to control it was out of the question.

What we did was to install 2 Radio Shack Plug 'n Power 61-2683 remote wall switches in an outdoor weatherproof enclosure (for split field/screen light circuits) and installed a Radio Shack Plug 'n Power controller # 61-2677 in the booth. It lets me turn the lights on/off and dim/raise. I have control over each circuit independently or both together.

So now I can dim the lights just like an indoor theater!
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Re: Dimming the screen tower lights 10 May 2001 01:18 #1604

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Sounds like a great and cost effective
solution and much more effective than just
ON/OFF. Since I am starting from scratch on
my indoor single-screen and haven't yet gotten to details such as these, would the
radio shack components you mentioned be suitable for indoor uses as well?




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Re: Dimming the screen tower lights 10 May 2001 09:02 #1605

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Yes they would work for an indoor application, but you are limited to 500 watts (400 watts just to be safe) per dimmer switch module and you would have to be near the controller to operate it. That wouldn't be a problem in a single screen theater. One other thing to check is the condition of the existing building wiring. Plug 'n Power modules don't like noisy power lines.
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