Auto Pilot 8 Light HID Commercial Controller

Auto Pilot 8 Light HID Commercial Controller
Basic Description
Main Power Voltage
Main Circuit Breaker / Wire
Receptacle Type
Maximum Lighting Wattage
Maximum Relay Amperage
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Humidity Range
Minimum Relay Operations
120 or 240 volts
50 amps # 6 AWG wire
8 Nema 5-15, Nema 6-15 or universal
8000 watts / 1000 watts per outlet
30 amps(x 2 relays)
32-110° F
0-99% RH non condensing
100,000 @ full load
The commercial 8 and 12 light controllers
from Autopilot are designed to safely
control today’s ballast. Our commercial
lighting controllers (CLC) have been
designed to activate multiple HID or
florescent lighting fixtures from a single
controller or timer.
A simple “trigger cable” is used to connect
the commercial light controller’s to a timer
or lighting controller. When the trigger
cable is powered on, one or more heavyduty relays inside the CLC activate and turn
on the lights connected to it.
The 8 and 12 light units have a time delay
to “soft start” each bank of 4 lights so that
start-up loads (amps) are reduced.
120 or 240 volts
60 amps # 4 AWG wire
12 Nema 5-15, Nema 6-15 or universal
12000 watts / 1000 watts per outlet
30 amps(x 3 relays)
32-110° F
0-99% RH non condensing
100,000 @ full load
Principal of operation
The best way to control multiple lighting fixtures is to use a
main/ master lighting controller. The CLC lighting controller is
designed to provide power to multiple lights and to activate
the lights. An external timer (or digital lighting controller) is
used to determine when the lights will turn ON and OFF.
The CLC is simple. A single main 240 volt power supply is
connected by the user using (3) simple connection points
on a clearly marked terminal strip. Once the main power is
connected properly, the lights that are connected to the CLC
will turn ON when the trigger cable is powered on. The trigger
cable is a standard 120 volt power cable that can be connected
to a standard timeclock or to a HID lighting controller that is
designed to activate lights based on a timed schedule.
NOTE: DO NOT connect any lights to this unit until the power
has been installed and verified to be the correct voltage for
the ballast that will be connected.
Main 240 volt
power supply
Main Power Requirements
1. The user must provide a source of main power for the
lights to operate. The main power connection must be
rated for the amperage of the lights to be connected to
the unit (see Specifications).
2. The main power can be “hardwired” into a circuit
breaker panel or by installing the appropriate high
amperage portable cable and connector end (provided
by the user).
3. A ground lug is provided to connect the ground wire. Do
not operate this product without a properly connected
ground wire.
4. Most applications will use 240 volt power. It is up to the
user to ensure that all ballasts that are connected to the
unit are wired for 240 volt (see Ballast Requirements).
5. If the unit is to be used for 120 volt ballast, ensure that
all of the ballasts connected are wired for 120 volt
operation (see Ballast Requirements).
NOTE: ONLY qualified electricians should install this
equipment. ALL power must be disconnected prior to
installing or servicing the equipment.
Ballast requirements
It is the user’s responsibility to ensure that all of the lighting
devices that are connected to this unit are rated for the
voltage being provided by the main power.
NOTE: This product can be used to operate 120 volt lights.
In order to operate 120 volt lights, ensure the main power
connected to the unit is 120 volt. The manufacturer,
distributors, and their retailers cannot be held responsible
for any damage or injuries, consequential or otherwise,
arising from the use of this product. The user of this
product assumes all responsibility for the installation and
proper use of this product.
Trigger cable
to a lighting
controller or
Connecting the main power
1. Remove the small metal cover by removing the 2
Phillips head screws that hold the electrical cover
on the right side of the unit. Once opened you will
see the (3) terminals to connect the main power
wires to.
power connections
L1 Power connects here
L2 Power connects here
Ground connects here
2. Insert the appropriate sized main power cable into
the cable clamp at the bottom of the unit. Secure the
cable clamp.
3. Insert the green or bare ground wire into the center
grounding terminal and secure the ground wire.
4. Remove the insulation from the red and the black
main power wires and insert the wire ends into the
2 power connection points marked L1 and L2 (see
photo on page 2). L1 will be the hot leg if the unit is
connected to 120 volts only.
5. Secure the wires tightly to ensure a good connection.
Loose connections could cause the connections to
overheat, which can cause damage to the unit that is
NOT covered by the warranty.
6. Using the volt meter, carefully touch one tester probe
to each of the main power connection points. The
volt meter should read approximately 240 volts (if
connected to a 240 circuit) or approximately 120 volts
(if connected to a 120 volt circuit).
7. Turn on the circuit breaker or connect the main power
cable connection.
8. Next, turn on the main circuit breaker on the front of
the CLC. The unit will now be “powered on”.
9. Once the correct voltage has been verified, carefully
reinstall the electrical cover on the unit using the 2
Testing The 120 Volt Trigger Cable
1. The main relay(s) inside the unit will be turned ON
when the trigger cable is connected and activated.
The trigger cable must be connected to a timer or
lighting controller that will provide 120 volts to the
main relays.
2. When the trigger cable is connected and plugged into
the timer / controller, the relays will “close” and the
small indicator light on the CLC will be illuminated.
3. When the trigger cable is disconnected, the relay will
“open” and the indicator light will turn off. Once the
trigger has been tested for proper operation, unplug
the trigger cable.
Connecting the ballast
1. The final step in the installation is to connect the
ballast power cables to the receptacles on the
lighting controller. Important: Ensure the trigger
cable is not connected or powered up while
plugging in or disconnecting the ballasts.
2. Once the ballasts are connected, the unit is ready for
3. Connect and power up the trigger cable. The unit
should activate and the lights should now be
turned on.
Internal time delays
On the APCLC8DX and APCLC12DX there are internal time
delays that will activate each bank of 4 receptacles to
reduce the start up “surge” that would occur if all of the
lights were energized at the same time.
Be sure to allow enough time for each timer to activate
each bank of lights. Each timer is preset for 5 minutes.
When I connect the trigger cable, nothing happens.
When connected, the small indicator light in the unit and
the relays inside the unit should turn on. Plug the trigger
cable into a known source of 120 volt power and make
sure the trigger cable is firmly connected.
When I connect the trigger cable to power, the indicator
light on the unit turns on, but none of my lights are
turning on.
Check the main power circuit breaker, and ensure that the
main power is still connected to the terminals and that
the unit is “powered up” by testing voltage at the main
When I connect the trigger cable to power, the indictor
light on the unit turns on, but only some of my lights
turn on.
If you are using the APCLC8DX and APCLC12DX there are
2 and 3 relays used. If only some of the lights are turning
on, there is likely a problem with one of the relays.
Some of my lights stay on even after the trigger cable is
powered OFF or disconnected.
If the lights remain ON when the trigger cable has no
power, there is likely a problem with one of the relays.
There is a buzzing sound coming from the unit.
The relays inside the unit are electro-mechanical,
meaning they work by means of a small electric coil.
Some coils make a slight amount of “noise.” This is
normal. If the unit is making a loud buzzing sound and
there are any other observed problems, there could be a
problem with one of the relays.
Limited Warranty
Hydrofarm, Inc. doing business as Hydrofarm, Inc. (collectively HYDROFARM) warrants that for a period
of three years from the date of purchase, this product will be free from defects in material and workmanship.
HYDROFARM, at its option, will repair or replace this product or any component of the product found to be
defective during the warranty period. Replacement will be made with a new or remanufactured product or component.
If the product is no longer available, replacement may be made with a similar product of equal or greater value. This is
your exclusive warranty. DO NOT attempt to repair or adjust any electrical or mechanical malfunctions on this product.
Doing so will void this warranty and may cause serious injury/death/damage.
This warranty is valid for the original retail purchaser from the date of the initial retail purchase and it not transferable.
Keep the original sales receipt. Proof of purchase is required to obtain warranty performance. HYDROFARM
dealers, distributors, service centers and retail outlets selling HYDROFARM products do not have any right to alter,
modify or in any way change the terms and conditions of this warranty.
This warranty does not cover normal wear of parts or damage resulting from the following: negligent use or misuse
of the product, use on improper voltage or current, use contrary to the operating instructions, use contrary to any
and all applicable local, state, provincial or federal laws, disassembly, repair or alteration by anyone other than
HYDROFARM or an HYDROFARM authorized service center. Future, the warranty does not cover: Acts of God,
such as fire, flood, hurricanes, tornadoes, nor Acts of War or Acts of Terrorism.
What are the limits on HYDROFARM’s liability?
HYDROFARM shall not be liable for any incidental or consequential damages cause by the breach of any express,
implied or statutory warranty or condition.
Except to the extent prohibited by applicable law, any implied warranty or condition of merchantability or fitness for a
particular purpose is limited in duration to the duration of the above warranty.
HYDROFARM disclaims all other warranties, conditions or representations, express, implied, statutory or
HYDROFARM shall not be liable for any damages of any kind resulting from the purchase, use or misuse of, or
inability to use the product including incidental, special, consequential or similar damages or losses of profits, or for any
breach of contract, fundamental or otherwise, or for any claim brought against the purchaser by any other party.
Some provinces, states or jurisdictions do not allow exclusion or limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so
the above limitations or exclusion may not apply to you.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights that vary from province to province,
state to state or jurisdiction on jurisdiction.
This warranty is offered by HYDROFARM, INC., If you have any other problem or claim in connection with this
product, please write our Consumer Service Headquarters, HYDROFARM, INC.
Copyright 2013 Hydrofarm, Inc. All rights reserved.
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