MLC-16 MLC-16a Master Lighting Controllers

MLC-16 MLC-16a Master Lighting Controllers
MLC-16 & MLC-16a Master Lighting Controllers
C.A.P. offers a full range of equipment for the growing enthusiasts. The MLC-16
& MLC-16a allow you to control up to Sixteen 1000 watt HID lights from one 80
amp, 240 volt power source. The MLC-16 & MLC-16a come with a 120 volt
trigger cable, which will plug in to C.A.P.’s Environmental Controllers or into a
standard 24 hour timer. All outlets are Circuit Breaker Protected!
POWER & WIRING REQUIREMENTS
WARNING:. This product must be installed by a Licensed
Electrician!
1)
The main 240 volt / 80 amp power must be supplied to the MLC-16
using 4 AWG Cables.
NOTE: Please check local codes for wire sizing requirements.
2)
You must provide over current protection for the MLC-16 using an
80 amp double pole circuit breaker at the Main Panel.
3)
80 amps of power require a wire size of at least 4 AWG.
4)
Make certain that your ballasts are wired for 240 volt.
CONNECTING THE MAIN 240 VOLT 80 AMP POWER
1)
Secure the MLC-16 to the wall using appropriate hardware.
Keyholes for screws are provided on the back for easy mounting.
2)
Make sure that all ballasts are disconnected from the sockets on
the front of the MLC-16. Make sure that the Trigger Cable is
disconnected from any timers or other outlets. Make sure that all
of the circuit breakers on the MLC-16 are OFF.
3)
Open the MLC-16 by unscrewing the five screws on the front top.
The front cover will then hinge open.
4)
Carefully strip the three wires (2 power wires and the common)
approximately 1”. Pass all of the wires through the strain relief
connector on the bottom of the MLC-16, being careful to route
them behind all of the wires going to the duplex receptacles on
the front of the MLC-16. (See picture). Please use the correct
size wire for your application. Minimum of 4 AWG.
20 amp
Breakers
NOTE: Please check local codes for wire sizing requirements.
5)
Connect the 2 power wires to the lugs on the breaker panel plate
and tighten them using an allen wrench. Make sure that you strip
the wire enough so that you do not have any insulation under the
nut. Tighten again with an allen wrench.
6)
Connect the common wire to the aluminum lug on the left side of
the box that has a green wire attached. Tighten securely using
an allen wrench. Make sure that you strip the wire enough so
that you do not have any insulation under the nut. Tighten again
with an allen wrench.
CAUTION: Tighten all of your connections. Loose connections will
cause extreme heat buildup in the wires followed by arcing. Arcing
is NOT covered by the warranty! Tighten your Connections! Tighten
them again!
7)
240 volt
Receptacles
Relay On
Light
Resecure the cover on the MLC-16 by putting the 5 screws back
into the front cover.
WARNING: This product must be installed by a Licensed Electrician!
Trigger
Cable
CHECKING YOUR BALLASTS FOR 240 VOLT CONFIGURATION
WARNING: Before making any connections, you should verify the ballasts
you plan to run with the MLC are properly internally connected for 240 volt
operation. Most ballasts have multiple taps which allow you to choose the
voltage that the ballast will be used on. Please consult your ballast
manufacturer if you have any questions about the voltage of your ballast. If
you plug in a ballast wired for 120 volts into an MLC-16, you will burn out
your ballast and potentially risk having a fire.
1)
Disconnect power from the ballast. Allow 5 minutes before continuing to
provide time for the voltage to drain from the capacitor!
2)
Open the ballast cover exposing the ballast core, capacitor and wiring.
3)
Look for wires coming from the ballast core that are marked 120 volt and
240 volt. If there are no wires with these markings or no spare wires, the
ballast is not a Multi-Tap or Multi Voltage ballast.
4)
If the 240 volt wire is not connected to anything and the 120 volt wire is
connected, the ballast is wired for 120 volt operation.
5)
If the 240 volt wire is connected and the 120 volt wire is not connected to
anything, the ballast is wired for 240 volt operation.
Common
Wire
Power
Wires
WARNING:. This product must be installed by a Licensed Electrician!
CONNECTING YOUR BALLASTS
1)
Each 20 amp Circuit Breaker on the MLC-16 controls 4 outlets. They are
labeled BANK 1 to BANK 4. Each Circuit Breaker can control up to 20 amps of H.I.D. lighting for a total
of 80 amps.
2)
Make sure that your ballast power cord plug configuration matches the outlets on your MLC-16 or
MLC-16a.
3)
Plug in all of your ballasts to the receptacles on the front of the MLC-16.
4)
Make sure that all of the circuit breakers are in the ON position.
Plug Configurations
Nema 5-15
Nema 6-15
MLC-16a
MLC-16
NOTE: Plug only one ballast into each outlet.
WARNING: Do not exceed the amperage rating of this product.
WARNING: Do not connect any ballasts that are wired for 120 volts. They will instantly be ruined. Double check your ballasts for 240 volt
operation.
CONNECTING THE 120 VOLT TRIGGER CABLE
The small cable coming from the MLC is the Trigger Cable. It is a 120 volt signal cable, which will turn on the relays inside the MLC when power
is supplied to the plug. Connect it to a light timer or controller.
TROUBLESHOOTING
If you are having problems with this unit, refer to these troubleshooting hints.
Problem
The Lights will not turn on
Suggested Action
Check to make sure that there is power to the trigger cable. The Relay On light should be on.
Check the circuit breakers. Make sure that they are in the ON position. Reset them if necessary.
Verify that the unit is wired correctly. Check with an electrician if there are any questions
concerning proper installation of this product.
The Circuit Breakers keep tripping.
Verify that only H.I.D. lighting is connected to the MLC-16. If there are any motor loads, they can trip
the circuit breakers, usually on startup.
Move some of the ballasts to other breakers. If the problem follows certain ballasts, there is a
problem with the ballast.
PRECAUTIONS
WARNING:. This product must be installed by a Licensed Electrician!
Do not plug in ANY 120 volt devices into the sockets on the front of an MLC-16. You will instantly destroy any 120 volt device that is plugged
in!
WARRANTY
The MLC-16 is warranted against defects in workmanship and parts for Three Years.
SPECIFICATIONS
Trigger Voltage:
Receptacle Type:
Main Power Voltage:
Maximum Relay Amperage:
Minimum Feeder Cable Size:
Maximum Wattage:
Operating Temperature Range:
Operating Humidity Range:
Relay Operations (minimum):
120 volts
MLC-16: Nema 6-15
MLC-16a: Nema 5-15
240 volts
80 amps
4 AWG ***Please check local codes for sizing requirements.
16,000 watts/1000 watts per receptacle
32-120° F
0-99% RH
100,000 Electrical
Published by R & M Supply, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2005 All Rights Reserved
R & M Supply, Inc. and their retailers and distributors are not responsible for any damage or injuries, consequential or otherwise arising
from the use of this product. The purchaser assumes all responsibility for the use and proper installation of this device.
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