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    Wiring Temporary Construction Lighting

    We are currently roughing in a homeworks system and the builder would like to have temporary lighting up throughout construction. We have done this before but im thinking it wasnt in the most efficient way. I am wondering other ways to go about this with out installing modules and programming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChandlerHart View Post
    We are currently roughing in a homeworks system and the builder would like to have temporary lighting up throughout construction. We have done this before but im thinking it wasnt in the most efficient way. I am wondering other ways to go about this with out installing modules and programming.
    With RPMs you can land the wires in the RPM panel and use the breakers to turn the lights on/off. You can also use the manual override on the module interface (requires RPMs to be installed). DIN modules have a manual override CCI.

    This is getting to be a routine request. If the electrical system is ready for temp lighting, the Lutron system should be as well. I typically only do 1 or 2 keypads and only give them an interior on/off and exterior on/off. Some are now asking for exterior timers to keep some of the lights on overnight.
    Convergence Technologies Raleigh, North Carolina
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    DIN modules have a manual override CCI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepakwon View Post
    DIN modules have a manual override CCI.
    "Input is Normally Closed. If Contact Closure is opened, the unit will go to Emergency light levels or Manual Override light levels and will not respond to inputs from other devices (LQSE modules only)."
    Convergence Technologies Raleigh, North Carolina
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    Typically, the larger the construction site, the more temporary wiring. Temporary wiring often includes all the elements of permanent wiring systems such as the service, feeders, branch circuit wiring for power and lighting outlets.

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    Electricity and wiring can truly be a challenge. Or programming different things around the house. I remember that when I have first built my house, I was surprised to find that the workers did a terrible job related to wiring and I had to redo it. I was so pissed off, but I have called someone from midmodphoenix.com and they were able to figure it out. Now, everything is running perfectly. There are fewer and fewer people who know what they are doing, but they are calling themselves engineers. That's a title that some people do not deserve

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    I wouldn't install a dimmer, RPM, or DIN Module until rough-in is completely finished and the electrical is trimmed out. These are expensive units and it's easy for them to get damaged while the other trades are working or accidentally energizing something that's not ready to be energized yet. All it takes is for someone to short out a wire while installing a light fixture or someone hitting a temporary light with a ladder and poof, you blew out a module. Maybe the breaker will trip before it's damaged or maybe it won't. Or maybe the insulation guys spray foam above the panel and foam gets in and some of it gets on your modules. Or maybe you're not around and the job site is not secured well enough and someone comes in the middle of the night and steals all your modules.

    Back when I worked with Vantage panels for new construction, they had these jumper boards that would clamp down on the module ports and energize the zones without a module so that way I could choose what to turn on and just have them be controlled by the breaker until it was trim out time. Since Lutron doesn't make something like that, you can just make your own and just land a jumper wire from the hot to the switched hot...You don't need to turn everything on, just a general light in each area. Once the dirty part of the construction is done and the light fixtures are installed, you can put in your modules and just program an "House on" and and "all off" button by the door so the builder can just turn on the whole house while you work on adding detail to the programming.

    I should mention that I am electrician and not an AV guy so as an electrician who also does the lighting automation, I have a little bit of an advantage in having a lot more detail about what light fixtures go where, when they'll be installed, and working with live power so if you're not an electrician, you should work with the one who will do the work closely and just tell them which things to make hot. There are a lot of ways to do this but back when I did new construction, this was the way people liked it.

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