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Triggers for 8 relay board 19A00-1

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#1 kwschumm



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Posted 23 April 2018 - 02:20 PM

The documentation for the 8-relay board shows using the OPII outputs as triggers to operate the relay.


I need to use a relay to switch 1A for an outdoor siren.


Is there any reason that I couldn't use the HORN output as a trigger for the relay (and to save an output)?


#2 StarTrekDoors


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Posted 27 April 2018 - 05:15 PM

The relay board is safer and has protection against spikes common with relay controlled outputs.  However, you could add a flyback diode for protection if you just want to do that.  Keep in mind though the Sounder output is rated up to 1 amp total so if nothing else is drawing power you "could" directly drive the siren.


Let me add something technical here, related to the OP output relay and trying to "save" an output. 


You can use a demux circuit to expand your outputs to 128 outputs on the OPII (up to 256 outputs if you're creative) so likely one would never have to worry about using up all the outputs on any Omnipro of any model.  Using just three (3) outputs will allow a demux circuit to drive up to 8 outputs which could be a solid state relay bank, multi-zone sprinkler controller, high voltage lighting, pool pumps, etc.. .    Some of a 2¢ comment  :ph34r: 

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