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Old 01-11-2014, 7:34 PM
   
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Question Man Cave Lightbar

Hello,

I was able to get a light bar for my man cave, but am now trying to figure out how I'm going to power it. It is one of those older rotary ones. I don't have a control box, and am looking for ideas of how I can get it to work.

It is a Federal Signal Vista light bar.

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Old 01-11-2014, 11:30 PM
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Get a 120v AC to 12v DC converter.
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Old 01-12-2014, 6:12 AM
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These require a bit of juice to run. I have attached the full install manual that provides all the info you need.
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Old 01-12-2014, 7:52 AM
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How many amps do they require? It's easy enough to build a ~10 A supply out of a junk computer PSU. I would think that would handle it.
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Old 01-12-2014, 8:28 AM
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If you look at the attached manual, you will see it will require far more than 10A if fully powered.


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If you look at the attached manual, you will see it will require far more than 10A if fully powered.


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if fully powered, its going to take 156A @ 12VDC +


DAYUM!! thats going to some hefty Computer PSU's you would need!! i dont even think a single PSU puts out that much even @ the 1.6KW Models......lemme look


The ONLY PSU i could find that even delivers more than 150A - 12VDC is this one:

Rosewill HERCULES-1600 Continuous 1600W@50 Degrees C ATX12V v2.3 & EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com

but you would need to combine the 12v Rails from 2 into 1 to attain the full 156A you would need provided you are running ALL the options on the light bar.


i do know there is a thread in the PC Section about someone wanting to combine two AC/DC Laptop adapters into one for double the amperage..... it theoretically can be done, but i for one do not have the electrical know how and procedural knowledge of wiring such a thing.
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go buy the car for under it.

just had to say it.
it would also help if you put it against a wall
i think i see where the bar lights front/back
that would cut down on needed power
if it were me i wold get the control box and use it the way i want with a car battery and read the amps with a meter and adjust accordingly .
good luck and i like it.
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If you are going to use this indoors, you don't need the full brightness. I'd suggest replacing the individual bulbs with something that draws a lot less power. A number of them are 50 watt lamps. Try replacing those with 10 watt lamps. It'll still be bright enough for indoor use, and save you a lot on the power supply.
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even better would be to see if you can covert it to LED builbs. much much less draw than incandescent or CFL. don't forget those motors to rotate the lamps probably draw some amperage too.
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even better would be to see if you can covert it to LED builbs. much much less draw than incandescent or CFL. don't forget those motors to rotate the lamps probably draw some amperage too.
Good point. I've had excellent luck with LED Lights, Bulbs & LED Lighting Accessories - SUPER BRIGHT LEDS for finding all kinds of weird LED replacement lamps.
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I'd get a nice big ASTRON fully regulated 12 Volt power supply
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While no longer hooked up due to space limitations, I ran an edge 9000 light bar, with a control box, using
an Astron SS30M power supply without any problems. I had the take downs, side alleys, rear alleys, front and rear strobes, all working fine. Just make sure you don't have anything else hooked up to the power supply. Here is a picture I found on the web.
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