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6 / 12 / 24 Volt AC or DC photo eye

ST01C           
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CR2 battery  ST01 uses CR2 battery

6-12-24 volt photo eye

ST01/ battery-operated/ dawn-to-dusk or dusk-to-dawn/ astronomic or programmable timer/ works with 12-28 Volt AC or DC/ requires no power to operate timer except internal CR2 battery

Use dawn-dusk programming.
Connect 24V DC to Black and Blue wires

To reverse operation so load is ON during the day... connect blue and red wires together

ST01 and Ei600 timers are battery operated
These timers do NOT require connection to 120 Volt power
Free standing timer, replaceable CR2 battery
DC Loads 4A 12V dc, 2A 28V dc
Buy:
Intermatic ST01c timer at Amazon/ 1 year warranty
Intermatic ST01 timer
Ei600 5-year warranty timer at Amazon
CR2 replacement battery at Amazon


Resources:
Load ratings for Intermatic timers/ pdf
Load rating for ST01 timer: 120V ac, 6A, 208-277V ac; DC Loads 4A 12V dc, 2A 28V dc; Motors 1HP 120VAC, 2HP
240V ac, Ballast 16A 120V ac, 208-277V ac; Resistive 20A 120-277Vac.
ST01 timer
Red-Blue-Black-green wires
LED display is not illuminated
Why is this timer a photo eye?
Because it can operate dawn-to-dusk or dusk-to-dawn.
The timer automatically adjusts for time zone. The dawn dusk setting can be adjusted slightly longer or shorter.
The timer can be connected to delay timer to turn off earlier than dusk or dawn
Choose dawn-to-dusk by connecting blue and red wire together.
Choose dusk-to-dawn by capping red wire
Why is this timer 24 Volt DC
Because the timer is battery-operated. Battery lasts 2-3 years.
Because the timer does not need to be connected to 120 Volt AC or 240 Volt AC power to operate. Just the battery is needed
Timer can be located inside electric box, anywhere outdoors-or-indoors. Can be located in shaded or dark location without affecting operation.
ST01 timer is rated DC Loads 4A 12V dc, 2A 28V dc
Resource:
How to program and wire ST01 timer
solar water heater
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ST01 timer controls PV solar panels

Concept illustration.
Not tested as drawn with solar panels.
Following information about ST01 timer is tested:
ST01 timer is rated 4A 12V dc, 2A 28V dc
Install 2 amp fuse as shown
When ST01 timer red-and-blue wires are connected, then programming is reversed. Dusk-to-Dawn become Dawn-to-Dusk
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DC-DC heavy amp relay with 12-24 Volt DC coil, contacts rated 250 VDC 26 amp
DC-DC heavy amp relay with 12-24 Volt DC coil, contacts rated 400 VDC 200 amp
Intermatic ST01c timer at Amazon
ST01C
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LCD display is not lighted

Intermatic ST01C buttons
All Intermatic timers

ST01C  7-day/ battery operated no neutral required / single-pole or 3-way

Ei600  / same as ST01 except 5 yr warranty instead of 1 yr warranty

/astronomic or programmable/  single-pole 3-way/ 1 yr warranty/ No neutral/ uses CR2 battery
Programmable or Astronomic dawn-dusk/ 6 ON and 6 OFF settings per 7-day week
Incandescent, CFL, LED, motors, ballast, DC loads/ AC and DC loads 24V up to 277Volt.
Permanent override/ No loss of memory in power outage or battery change

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Intermatic ST01c timer at Amazon
Intermatic ST01 timer
Ei600 5-year warranty timer at Amazon
CR2 replacement battery at Amazon
CFL bulbs at Amazon
Manuals/ resources:
ST01C manual
Sell sheet with model numbers
Ei600 manual
Sell sheet with model numbers
How to program ST01c and Ei600 timers
How to wire ST01C and Ei600 timer diagrams
Control any 240volt load with ST01c or Ei600 timer
How to wire this tim
er to control water heater or any heavy-amp load

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12 volt AC-DC photocell

12 Volt DC photocell/ coil rated for 12 volt DC

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12 Volt DC photoeye

12 volt DC photoeye

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12 volt DC photoeye
solar water heater
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Use DC timer to control solar water heater

How it works:
When water inside tank is cold, then lower thermostat turns ON
12-24 Volt power supply provides electricity to lower thermostat
Thermostat turns ON, then DC relay turns ON, letting solar power flow to lower element.
At same time, power is sent to ST01 timer, waiting for timer programs to activate
ST01 is battery powered, and keeps time and will operate relays even is 12-24 VDC does not arrive from lower thermostat.
With this specific illustration, the lower thermostat must be ON before 12-24 VDC travels to ST01 timer
When timer is ON, and lower thermostat is ON, then timer turns ON upper element

When solar power is not full strength, then you want to activate lower watt, higher-resistance element to maximize solar output.
In this illustration, the lower watt element is the upper element on water heater
Set timer so it is ON from 6 AM to 10 AM
Set timer so it is OFF from 10 AM to 3 PM
Set timer so it is ON from 3 PM to 9 PM

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Multimeter

Test for breaks in wire/ Test for voltage
Most appliance require 80% rated voltage to function correctly
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Element tests for 120 volts
How to test wire
Safety when testing wires:
Never touch wet or previously flooded appliance.
Never stand on wet surface when working on electric.
Never stand on bare soil, put down dry boards.
Tape tester leads to wood sticks to keep hands away from power.
Use non-contact voltage tester before touching wires.
Never touch or lean into any made of metal.
Remove metal objects from pockets.
Do not use oxygen or fuel accelerants in same room as electrcial repairs

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Basic house wiring

Non-contact voltage tester

Test for power without touching connectorss
NEVER assume power is OFF
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Treminals

Terminals

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Blue for 16-14 wire
Yellow for 12-10 wire
Read about terminals
wire connector assortment

Twist-on wire connector assortments

Do not reuse old connectors 
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Protect from water, dust etc
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Tighten connector 
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Push on wire connectors

Push-on wire connectors in place of twist-on connectors

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Red 3P connector for 10-14 gauge wire
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add solder to stranded wire

Turn stranded wire into solid wire

Add solder to 1" length of tightly twisted stranded wire to make into solid wire
Heat wire. Touch solder to wire. Let cool. File away over-solder.
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Timer caught fire

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Fire inside timer caused by stranded wire
Keep enclosure door closed at all times

Fire caused by stranded wire

Do not use stranded wire under screw plate

Applies to timers, switches, outlets, pumps etc.
Small devices, with small loads, such as lamp socket, stranded wire is fine
Add solder to 1" length of tightly twisted stranded wire to make into solid wire
Heat wire. Touch solder to wire. Let cool. File away over-solder.
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Timer caught fire

Orange 10 gauge 30 amp


Orange/ #10 gauge for for 30 amp circuits including water heater
with ground
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10-2 gauge/ 30 amp
10-3/ 30 amp

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UF is underground

Yellow 12 gauge 20 amp


Yellow/ #12 gauge wire for 20 amp
with ground
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12-3/ 20 amp

Rolls of stranded wire

NMB is house wiring
UF is underground
White 14 gauge 15 amp


White/ #14 gauge wire for 15 amp
with ground
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14-2 gauge/ 15 amp
14-3/ 15 amp

NMB is house wiring
UF is underground

Copper ground wire
Use same size as other wire in circuit

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