Originally Posted by EuBrew
I think I made a major breakthrough on my low voltage at least for wiring the switches for my pumps and valves. Since I'm sourcing my valves and switches from the BT store the switches I am looking at are DPDT and the connections from the headers only have three wires so it finally sunk in that I just use one side of the DPDT switch for the three wires essentially making it a SPDT switch for my purposes, DUH!!!
Have a question about wiring my pumps to the panel though. Is there any reason I can't use XLR connectors like Kal did for his temp probes? From the Switchcraft website they are rated for 125V and 15A. I like the idea of the locking connection they have and they just look cool.
Plus if I use 6 pole connectors for my valves I can wire 3 valves off these, they are rated at 7.5A @125V. Since I have 10 valves I'd like to use as few connectors in the panel as possible.
Don't ya love it when the light bulb comes on
A couple thoughts on using XLR connectors for your pumps;
I agree they look cool.
If you use them on your pumps, you lose the ability to run the pump from anything but your panel. You also will not be able to run a pump from your panel without re-wiring it first (in case you have to replace or bowrrow a pump).
I don't know if running power through a XLR is "normal" and may catch someone unfamiliar with your system off guard? (kinda like getting shocked by a garden hose)