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    jstan - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Default ???'s about wiring and switches.

    Building a LED supplement for my tank.
    I have no clue what kind of rocker switch I need to buy for my project. I went to radio shack and they had a bunch of different ones to choose from. All rated differently 6A -125V or 10A - 125V or 6A - 250V and on and on and well you get the point there's a lot.
    So can anyone enlighten me as to what I should buy ? I really don't want to plug and unplug the LED's every time I want them to turn on/off.

    I'd like the wiring to go as follows (someone please jump in if I have this wrong, it's been many years since high school electronics class). Power cord to on/off switch to driver to LED's.

    Or should it go power cord to driver to on/off switch to LED's ??

    And also when attaching the power cord, if to the driver, using a TRC driver, directly( I know that rocker switches have a place for the ground to be attached to already), where should the green ground wire be attached to ? The TRC driver only has a Live and a Neutral(the power going into the driver goes to the black and white wires in the above picture, The black/red wires are to supply power to the LED's, the other wires go to the dimmer switch) wire coming out of the driver. Any info would greatly be appreciated.

    I at least know I need a SPST rocker switch, it's just the amp/voltage rating that has me thrown. As well as the ground cord connection from the power cord ? . Everything else seems pretty straight forward.

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    Your driver should have a maximum input rating listed on it, Im fairly sure you'll be safe with something 6A or lower 125v, always wire it between the wall and the driver.

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    jstan - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by XSiVE View Post
    Your driver should have a maximum input rating listed on it, Im fairly sure you'll be safe with something 6A or lower 125v, always wire it between the wall and the driver.
    The drivers input voltage is
    100-277Vac 50/60Hz

    And I'm glad I was right about wiring the power cord to the switch first, then the switch to the driver. Thnx XSIVE.

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    XSiVE - Reefkeeper
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    There's pretty much no way a LED driver that you'd be using for a reef tank could draw 6A, considering that would put it at ~700Watts

    As for the ground wire, just don't connect it to the switch since it's not going to go out its best to probably leave it out of the mix entirely (dont quote me on that not an electrician)

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