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Hi i have got a Docken Montage Tridonic 2feet fluorescent light

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Hi i have got a Docken Montage Tridonic 2feet fluorescent light unit. i was wondering how to wire it up to be just on and off light not dimming inside the light there is a terminal block that says live Neutral Earth And D (Think it means DIMMING )

hope you can help thank you
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Electronics
Expert:  Eng. Andres replied 2 years ago.
hi, thank you for using JA:

In that particular flourescent lamp, the dimming feature is digital, so you cannot overpass the dimming control box. Here is the electrical schematic of your flourescent:



If it were the two-input dimming, there is a way to overpass it, but with that particular lamp, you cannot do it.



Regards! If that helped, don't forget to rate my answer!

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

if it helps this is what my wiring looks like in mine there is a live there as well hard to see the L


Customer: replied 2 years ago.

if it helps this is what my wiring looks like in mine there is a live there as well hard to see the L forgot to say i dont want it dimmable i want it on and off


Expert:  Eng. Andres replied 2 years ago.
Hello David

Thank you for the picture.

Yep, the wiring schematic is exactly I have figured it out.

The problem here is that the D connector using digital electronics to perform the dimming effect. It's a signal, from 0 to 10 volts-ussually 10volts- to control the dimming effect. You cannot by pass this kind of control circuit, because you cannot recreate the 0 to 10 volts signal-well, at least not replicate it in a cheaper way.

In this situation, the best option is to configure the dimming effect to the max, and installing a separate switch just between the dimming circuit and the main wall socket.

Let me know if I can help you any further!!

Thanks
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

how do i do that


 

Expert:  Eng. Andres replied 2 years ago.
Hello David,

Oh, installing a switch is quite easy indeed. Remember that for your setup, it's mandatory to cut off the electricity on your house before attempting any of these steps.

Here is a video on how to install the switch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb0m36gwf1c

In the video they have three cable, one black, one white and one green. They only connect the black wire into the switch.

Well, from your purpose, you can use or the Blue cable or the Brown cable. The only cable that you cannot use is the Yellow-Green cable, because this one is the earth. Remember, only connect ONE cable in the switch, or the Blue one, or the Brown one.

With the switch installed, all you have to do is configure the dimming effect to be 100% on.

Let me know if this was enough.

Oh, I almost forgot, you can buy any two-terminal switch you want in any consumer electronics store.

Regards!

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

could i get i diagram with what u explain on it thank you

Expert:  Eng. Andres replied 2 years ago.
sure, this is how the switch looks like inside:

http://www.antiquelampco.com/Lamps/InlineSwitch.jpeg

I havo found this good tutorial to install the switch:

http://www.antiquelampco.com/Lamps/InstallingSwitch.htm

Just remember that the switch has to be installed between the dimming and the main power outlet, and not between the lamp and the dimming.

Regards!
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

how would i wire up the dimmer and what kind would i need

Expert:  Eng. Andres replied 2 years ago.
Hello David,

I will have to opt out the question, because I think that I cannot longer help here.

Sorry,

Good luck
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

thats ok but thank you for your kind help so far


 

Expert:  AssuredElectrical replied 2 years ago.

Welcome. My name is XXXXX XXXXX would be glad to assist.

Hi David,
If you could please check that ballast and get the actual Model number and post it, we can see how to get you setup and going.

Thanks

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