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1  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: What is the part of a Universal Power Interrupter that actually detects no power on: April 03, 2013, 10:31:54 am
Okay, I think you guys are missing the point of the question.

Im asking if anyone can help out with the namr of the exact device, instrument or aparatus that does the switcing.
Is it some type of relay switching unit, or what -- I do not know.  I already understand the principles of battery backup with the different types of backup units there.

what exactly does the switching over is what Im trying to determine.
Thanks to the guys that help out
2  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: What is the part of a Universal Power Interrupter that actually detects no power on: April 03, 2013, 09:15:11 am
James - that link didnt help any.
It doesnt specify what the mechanism for the switchover is.

I'm hoping to find what the exact aparatus is that detects no power and then switches to battery power.
As well as the means of which it flips back to its regular constant source when it detects current has been restored.

Anyone else?
3  Using Arduino / General Electronics / What is the part of a Universal Power Interrupter that actually detects no power on: April 02, 2013, 11:40:37 pm
Does anyone know what the part(s) are called that a UPS uses to determine when theres no power and it should kick itself on to supply power from its own power supply?

Also, anyone know how the UPS detects a return to regular power, and switches itself off to allow the electric company
power to resume offering power?

Thanks
4  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: What is best - or smallest sized wire I can use for LEDs on: March 30, 2013, 03:28:16 pm
Thanks everyone for the very useful information.
Its hard starting out at first, so appreciate the time and effort you guys have been extending me to help me on my way.
5  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: Can I use speaker wire to wire all my projects? Is speaker wire same as regular on: March 25, 2013, 01:56:02 pm
guys 600 feet right off the bat means about 60 different LED runs at less than 10 feet each - which is less than 600 feet

I just need to use it to light LED's in series, pretty much holiday lights that will blink to my liking.

Im getting people saying this that, when Im thinking the ampacity isnt going to be high for 5 5mm led's

I should be able to use fire alarm wire shouldnt I.  Doorbell wire would work as well wouldnt it?
I saw the speaker wire on ebay and thought it was a great price -- but Ive come across some other auctions and think I might go after them

But for future reference, can I use speaker wire?
Its copper.

I was just wondering if speaker wire would impede more than regular wire would?

But am I safe to assume that I could get away with doorbell wire, or alarm wire, so long as the ampacity requirements will cover the 5 led sets I want to use?
6  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: What is best - or smallest sized wire I can use for LEDs on: March 25, 2013, 01:50:43 pm
Guys - we're talking about an arduino wiring/breadboard - not a house circuit.
It will only be 1 foot at most.

So perhaps I should rephrase my question more precisely.
If, Im going to do short runs of at most a few feet from the controller, can I get away with 22 gauge wire?

Shouldnt I be able to use pretty much any wire that can handle the ampacity for 5 little bitty LED's?
7  Using Arduino / LEDs and Multiplexing / Shift registers - do they ..... on: March 24, 2013, 05:34:34 am
Can you shift register out to 8 pins independantly, or
is it basically just allowing you to power and light up led's like you would if you connected them in series with eachother.

I have 64 LEDS that I want to control independently blinking according to how I want them to blink individually.
If hooked up through 8 registers and If programmed correctly, can I do this?

Or would this just allow me to make 8 groups of lights light up at same time instead of 64 how I want?
8  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: Can I use speaker wire to wire all my projects? Is speaker wire same as regular on: March 23, 2013, 06:35:04 pm
So CAT5 cable is good or bad to use?
9  Using Arduino / General Electronics / What is best - or smallest sized wire I can use for LEDs on: March 23, 2013, 06:24:50 pm
Im at Jameco.com right now, and they have 18awg for $13.95 100 ft and they have 22 awg for $7.95

Naturally I would go with the lower priced..but can i get away with this.
Im actually going to only need to power a string of about 10 5mm LEDs on each circuit for the entire night during the holidays.

Would the 22 awg be okay?

Im going to use speaker wire for the main lighting.
10  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Can I use speaker wire to wire all my projects? Is speaker wire same as regular on: March 23, 2013, 04:30:32 pm
Im looking to start playing around withe the Arduino...
and Im going to start buying stuff for a few projects.

Came across a great deal on 1000ft of speaker wire, and wonder if I can just use that for my wiring projects.
If not, does anyone know a good place to get a good price on about 1000 ft of wiring.

I have about 12 different projects Im prepping for and will need about 600 feet right off the bat.
Thanks
11  Products / The Arduino Starter Kit / Re: Manual from Arduino Starter kit on: March 23, 2013, 08:58:41 am
Go to Amazon -- search arduino

youll probably get the best prices there.
Theres 3 I have..
Arduino cookbook is a good one

Far better prices than radio shack, or anywhere else Ive seen,.
12  Products / The Arduino Starter Kit / Re: Which arduino board should I get -- I need 32 total outputs on: March 23, 2013, 08:56:27 am
Hey Left (or anyone)
are you serious, about the Mega - board having 54 different outputs?

I thought that was 54-14 PMW pins - meaning only 40 to use?

But are they also serious in that you can almost have an infinite amount of control over much more than that?

And, is it easier just to stack 2 if like 10 more is needed, or is it easier modifying the software.
Im not familiar with coding, so what might sound easy to some, will be almost impossible or far too time consuming to learn to do for others.

thanks for all the help thus far.
13  Products / The Arduino Starter Kit / Which arduino board should I get -- I need 32 total outputs on: March 22, 2013, 09:56:50 am
Im a holiday decorating fanatic.  I love my holiday lights.
This year I want to go all out, and I am going to light up the neighborhood - so to speak.   smiley

I have devised a 32 light set project, that normally just blinks off and on, different colors different timers, etc.
This year Im hoping to go completely arduino with it all.

The most out puts I can control at one time seems to be 12.
What is the best way to get a total of 32 outputs to go to 32 different areas of lighting sets I will need, controlled by one program?

Thanks anyone who takes the time to try to help
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