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Re: Flourescent kills X10

Could the choke go inside the appliance module?

"Jeff Volp" <JeffVolp@xxxxxxx> wrote:

>Sorry you are frustrated with X10, but it CAN be a reliable system.  It does
>take some planning and management to keep it reliable.
>We use a bunch of compact fluorescents in ceiling cans to save energy.  Most
>are controlled with Leviton 16293 relay X10 switches.  To prevent potential
>problems, I included Leviton 6287 noise blocks in line between the switches
>and the ceiling cans.  These filters are small enough to fit in the back of
>the switch boxes.
>Unfortunately, the solution is not quite as easy with an appliance module.
>Years ago I ran into your problem when compact fluorescents first came out.
>The Lights of America CF bulbs had a filter capacitor directly across the
>power input.  That killed any X10 signal on that circuit.  I you are running
>into a similar problem.
>The solution was fairly easy.  I ordered some Miller 1000 uH Hash Chokes
>from Digikey and wired them in series with the bulb center contact.  You can
>probably do the same with your under cabinet light.  Just wire the choke in
>line between the "hot" input line and the circuitry.  Be sure to well
>insulate the choke with shrink tubing to prevent any possible contact to the
>We use X10 here for all lighting, sprinkler control, hot water
>recirculation, and exhaust fans.  With hundreds of X10 commands sent daily,
>we see a missed command perhaps once a month.  Not 100% reliable, but
>certainly better than 99%.
>With some care, it should work fine for you too.
>"kviator" <kviator@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>> These flourescent lights are high-end, 13 watt, quick start lights for
>> under counter use.  I'm not sure that replacing the bulbs would make
>> much difference, but I may try as a last resort.
>> I guess I was looking for something like some sort a band-pass filter
>> or something that I can put in the up-stream outlet that will bypass
>> the flourescent light when on and pass the X10 signal down-stream to
>> the next outlet.
>> Any other ideas?  Maybe my macro idea is the only practical solution.
>> Thanks,
>> Keith

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