Can someone explain universal power bus?


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Old 06-06-16, 07:30 PM
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Can someone explain universal power bus?

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I can't for the life of me find anything online explaining a good use for UPB.

What is it used for?
 

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Old 06-06-16, 07:34 PM
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There are 50 possible definitions for the acronym UPB ( UPB - Information Technology) and almost none of them have anything to do with light fixtures or lighting. To what are you referring to?
 
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haha... sorry. ... Universal Power Bus
 
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I saw the Wiki search, it doesn't really explain much. Clicking on the references doesn't explain much either, with the exception of reference number 2.

All of the info explains what it is, but not all the (what I'm assuming) neat things that can be done with it.

What are some examples of why one would want a UPB?

I'm setting up a break beam perimeter with lights and audible alarms. It was suggested I use a UPB that has a dry NO/NC input. However, the output on the UPB module is only rated at 40 vac and 450 mah.

A switch was included. Maybe that has something to do with the ability to hook up giant flood lights running on 120 vac. I don't know, but plan to call in the morning for more details. Seems in this instance I could make a relay box with a a proper trigger current and 120 vac / 20 amp out.

In the mean time I was simply wondering what UPB was all about and what are some uses for it.
 
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Are you familiar with the X-10 system ?

It's where commands are sent thru the household electrical power wiring and are picked up by modules that are connected to the house electric. You can get wall switches as well as plug in receptacle modules that look like a plug in timer. Receptacle modules come in 15A, 20A and even 240v models for window A/C's. Each module has an address set in it.

Now there are even WiFi modules that connect thru your wireless modem. You can control them from anywhere... even from your phone.

In your application it would probably easier to run low voltage control switching from your beam sensor to a switching relay inside the house.

I had a similar system around my pool for protection. I had the transmitter and receiver set up back to back. I ran a four wire cable out to the senors. Two conductors to supply 12vdc to the units and a pair of wires for the audible.
 
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Thanks. After a ton of reading and a couple phone calls.... I get it.

Can't believe I've never heard of this stuff. NEAT!
 
 

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