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MistressEll

10:19AM | 04/04/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
wimsey:

I should have mentioned that on that site, it is the top row all the way to the right, a.k.a. elipse switch. This will replace all three switches you currently have in one location. I already talked to them, and reviewed the schematic for wiring instructions, as their basic 5606 is originally designed to use with their own 2-wire system, but with the specified when ordered 3-wire and the instructions its a piece of cake. They actually get a LOT of orders from folks in JUST your circumstance. Their based in Ft. Wayne Indiana, so keep that in mind (time zone) when you're calling them M-F.

I'm quite excited at having found this "solution" if its still not optimal, please advise and I'll keep searching for a better one (inbetween my own projects LOL!)

--Ell

wimsey70

01:21PM | 04/04/05
Member Since: 03/27/05
7 lifetime posts
Thanks, MistressEll, for the information! I really appreciate that you took the time to look into this. I must admit -- we're past desperation and are starting to refer to our house as the Amityville Horror. We had hoped to have our house listed by now!

We also finally got some information back from GE. They claim replacement for our switches is the RS 2-xxx series -- for us it's RS 2-32 (or 2-37 or 2-39 depending on color), but then you need a new faceplate model RP2-xxx. They look similar to the Remcon switches that Doug referred me to.

We also gave in and are hiring an electrician for all this -- to ensure the relays and switches are both actually working. We assumed that all the switches were having problems because one was definitely broken, but it may be that some are relay problems instead.

Again, thanks to both of you for your help!

MistressEll

08:59PM | 04/04/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
It was a pleasure, I love a challenge. Good Luck with your repairs and especially Good Luck and prosperity in your future home sale! Please let us know how things worked out.

Regards,

Ell

brian66

12:57AM | 04/30/05
Member Since: 04/29/05
2 lifetime posts
has anyone ever used these guys for replacement to their relays ??

reliantrelay.com(/page2.html)

In reference to your switches, yep the styles changed some time ago.. but I have not seen any more than 2 control switches with in a single wall switch plate.. packing 3 in would have been nicer.. the switches with LEDs for indicators (if ur relay supports it) seem to cost more than the older incandescent bulb indicator.. thing is, it should be the same if not less..

I wish someone would come up with something that looks like this: http://cache.smarthome.com/images/4205wr.jpg

the switch design as in what it looks like

( the contents of that picture is not related to the low voltage switching system of the current thread... my apologize if this post is a bit confusing, it is 2am and I should be sleeping, but it's been driving me nuts to locate something..which was reliantrelay.com ... and the name of the low voltage relay RR-9... but now I have found it, marked it and finally fall flat on to my keyboard into a deep sleep... now if i get banned for posting the links, I still have to say thank u for refreshing my expired brain....uhh, I mean refreshing my memory....) This system has it's pro's and con's, but IMHO can still hold it's own with some of the newer technologies.. even if the control swithes are not exactly pretty.. (they have switches that resemble regular wall switches, i just do not know where to piurchase them, I think Hubbell is one brand name that makes them.. all the switches are, are center off SPDT sometimes notated(sp??) as (on)-off-(on)) I just wonder if new installs are frowned upon, and I have my reasons on why I would use such a system under certain conditions.. thanx

(ps. bob villa rocks)

brian66

12:32PM | 05/01/05
Member Since: 04/29/05
2 lifetime posts
http://www.geindustrial.com/products/applications/tlc/tlclvrc.pdf

images of control switches..

pilot lamps are available as LED's

also see page 15 for the "other" kind of toggle switch..

ok, I won't bug ya anymore on this, thanks for listening (or is it reading..hmmm.. :)

MistressEll

04:02AM | 05/04/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
The OP has an older GE 3-wire low-voltage system. This uses relays for the controls and the 'switch plates' are not regular switches. one lighting source requires 2 togles, one for off and one for on. The switches I refered her to and what she was looking for actually have six togles on one switch plate and control three areas each.

Both the OP and I posted links regards to her issue, were you trying to ask about her lighting system?

Otherwise, I am unclear as to your intent in posting. I have not used your relay supplier.

Have a great day.


Billhart

05:31AM | 05/04/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
The OP has an older GE 3-wire low-voltage system. This uses relays for the controls and the 'switch plates' are not regular switches. one lighting source requires 2 togles, one for off and one for on. The switches I refered her to and what she was looking for actually have six togles on one switch plate and control three areas each."

The GE PDF file that Brian linked to clearly shows the GE system.

IT DOES NOT USE TWO SWITCH PER CONTROL POINT.

It uses SPDT, monentary, center off. And that function is commonly availble from electronic supply sources. But are different shape and mounting.

But the parts are shown in the GE download. Don't know how hard they are to get, but Dale Electric shows them in their catalog.

http://www.dale-electric.com/catalogindex1.cfm#G


tshea1

05:03PM | 05/04/05
Member Since: 05/03/05
79 lifetime posts
These switches will work. You will need to crimp the female sta-kon on to the wires in the wall. Instructions are provided.

Search for the plates also.

Category Low Voltage Switching : Momentary Switches

GES Item Code 78410054142

Mfg Name GE Wiring Devices

Subs ---

Mfg Part Num RS2-32

Description Low Voltage Momentary Switch, Unlighted, Ivory

Long Description Designed for installation in mounting straps with cover plates or for snap-on panel mounting. Includes 2-button switches with 2 normally open 3 AMP 28 VAC contacts providing a SPDT configuration certified by CSA.

Product Name Low Voltage Momentary Switch

Type Unlighted

Color Ivory

Here's the website:

http://www.gesupply.com/cgi-bin/prd/requisite/frameSet.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@2134181411.1115254033@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccccaddehlhmlegceehcfkedgkldfhg.0

tshea1

05:04PM | 05/04/05
Member Since: 05/03/05
79 lifetime posts
And here is the info on a single gang single switch

Category Low Voltage Switching: Wall Plates

GES Item Code 78410054106

Mfg Name GE Wiring Devices

Subs ---

Mfg Part Num RP2-112

Description Low Voltage Switching: Wall Plate, 1 Gang for 1 Switch, Nylon, Ivory

Long Description Available in engineered thermoplastic or type 302 stainless steel. Bracket and mounting screws included.

Product Name Low Voltage Switching: Wall Plate

Configuration 1 Gang for 1 Switch

Material Nylon

Color Ivory

Hardware Furnished with RPB2-1 Bracket

website:

http://www.gesupply.com/cgi-bin/prd/requisite/frameSet.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@2134181411.1115254033@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccccaddehlhmlegceehcfkedgkldfhg.0


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