Which method is easier and less stressful on my electronics?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Mustwin351, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. Mustwin351

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    I was wanting to run a small 12v load off a 12v dc 5 amp adapter with a timer.

    Is it preferable to leave the power supply plugged in constantly and have a 12v timer switch the load or to use a 120v timer to switch the power supply on and off which in turn would power the load.

    The load being a few LEDs being switched on and off twice daily.

    I was considering just switching the load because it would be easier on the power supply.

    My goal is to increase the longevity of my project.
     
  2. MaxHeadRoom

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    It is probably a close toss up, out of the two I would pick remove power to the power supply when not in use.
    Max.
     
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  3. mcgyvr

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    I saw some new "energy efficiency" requirements coming around to address people leaving their cell phone chargers constantly plugged in..

    So the "greenest" answer is to disconnect the power source..
     
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  4. JH314

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    Use electronic switch instead of mechanical switch for longer life, no matter if it’s on 120V or 12V side.
     
  5. #12

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    I'm with mcgyver. As long as this thing doesn't sit unused until the capacitors dry out, better to disconnect the vampire load. A plain, old, hardware store timer will do the job.

    Vampire: something that sucks your assets while doing nothing productive.

    Edit: I see Max agrees. I just didn't read it closely enough.
     
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  6. Mustwin351

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    Great. Thanks for the advice guys.
     
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