How do I wire a wafer thermostat to a lamp kit?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Johndeere96, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. Johndeere96

    Johndeere96 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know?
     
  2. Cpntherfan

    Cpntherfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this guy has helped me alot with my homemade incubator
     
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    You use it as a switch so splice it to (interrupt) the black wire that goes to the light. Black wire to switch and from switch, wafer should have two wires..
     
  4. R_Chickens

    R_Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Double check to make sure your thermostat can take the amps of the (light/heater/etc) you are wiring in place. If not (and the preferred method) is to use a relay.

    The relay has two sides, each is a switch. The larger amps side is for the load (whatever you are running) and the other side would be your thermostat. The only difference is that the thermostat circuit will power a small electromagnet (most common and cheapest type of relay) that closes the mechanical (internal) switch on the load side.

    This is how small circuits can run large loads without damage.

    I don't know your design, but thought I'd add this quick note. BTW, relays are often only a few dollars.

    Hope this helps.

    - JC
     
  5. Johndeere96

    Johndeere96 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got it! Finally!
     
  6. Cpntherfan

    Cpntherfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    congrats and good luck, did you build your own?
     
  7. Johndeere96

    Johndeere96 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I built one out of a mini fridge but I'm not quite done.
     
  8. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a diagram I made. I use this one for water heater thermostat, and I have used it for wafer thermostats, as well as Bi-metal thermostats.

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  9. Wyogirl

    Wyogirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would love to see pics! I have a mini fridge I would love to make into an incubator.
    Ayda
     
  10. jonboy860

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    thanks for the relay advice, i'm converting a small under the counter freezer into a bator . and have noticed the wafer thermostats are 2 amp. and was wondering if i was gonna fry a 20 dollar piece plugging in a 5 dollar bulb
     

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