110v Electric motor with led

  • Thread starter CalTech1
  • Start date
  • #1
5
0

Main Question or Discussion Point

In the machine shop where i work they have a coolant system that runs separately from the CNC machine. As of now, they simply plug in the motor and it turns on, however they often forget to unplug it at the end of the day. I need to wire a toggle switch and and LED indicator for when the motor is on. I need a simple diagram of how to wire in the switch and LED, and i need to know what size (voltage/amperage) of switch and LED to use so they arent burned out by the 110v. PLEASE HELP!!
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
mgb_phys
Science Advisor
Homework Helper
7,774
12
You would normally use a neon bulb rather than a LED, you can buy indicator bulbs with a built in resistor that you just connect across 110V
 
  • #3
5
0
yeah thats what im seeing on other sites, seems a neon has a much higher current and voltage cpability. As far as the switch goes, should i use a toggle switch or a circuit breaker dince there is high current running through it? thanks by the way, really appreciate the help!!
 
  • #4
205
0
The neon or LED (with appropriate resistor) would need to be rated for 110V but would draw only a small current. The switch or circuit breaker would need to be rated correctly for the motor concerned.

Having said that, only appropriately qualified personnel should modify electrical installations. Such work should only ever be done according to the relevant laws and regulations. In most circumstances, you would need to be a qualified electrical engineer or electrician to be allowed to do what you are suggesting.

A suitably qualified person would not need to ask how to go about this task, so please do not try to do this yourself. In addition, you must not tamper with equipment which is not your property without consent of the owner, or whoever is in charge of it at your work. If you can persuade your employer that this is a good idea, perhaps he/she can get a qualified electrician to do the job?
 
  • #5
dlgoff
Science Advisor
Gold Member
3,790
1,674
I was thinking that he could use a simple lighted, switched power strip that is rated high enough for his motor. Just plug it in. No problem.
 
  • #6
205
0
Switch strips with shuttering & IP rating OK to cope in an environment with soluble oil emulsion splashing everywhere, and swarf / metal chips flying about?

Is the switch on that strip OK to break a motor of unknown rating, perhaps quite inductive and inclined to make the switch arc?
OK for use by an operator with wet hands, perhaps standing on wet concrete floors?

Then, is the pump on a wall socket in the first place? This is best left to the experts, I think
 
Last edited:
  • #7
205
0
Oops, sorry, on re-reading the original post it says that:
...they simply plug in the motor and it turns on,...
I have to admit therefore that a plug-in adaptor would be possible, but it still doesn't seem a good idea.

Apart from the points already mentioned, what about the extra length of trailing cable? Machine shops are dangerous places already without introducing an extra trip hazard.
 
  • #8
5
0
im not going to be the one doing the install, they just asked me about what switches and lights to use. i suggested a power strip but they want something on the machine or closer to the door so they can see it when they leave. the outlet itself is rather hidden from view. i mostly deal with small power electronics and sometimes like to be sure when dealing with 110v. what about putting the switch on the other side of the transformer on the motor, there would be less current and voltage on the motor side of it.
 
  • #9
mheslep
Gold Member
311
728
yeah thats what im seeing on other sites, seems a neon has a much higher current and voltage cpability. As far as the switch goes, should i use a toggle switch or a circuit breaker dince there is high current running through it? thanks by the way, really appreciate the help!!
Toggle, properly packaged, is fine. You should probably be able to buy the switch and indicator as a pre-packaged set. The breaker on the other end of the wall plug is fine for fault interruption.
 
  • #10
5
0
A completed package would be ideal for install, where do you suggest getting these? I 've checked with our suppliers and they have nothing of the sort.
 
  • #11
dlgoff
Science Advisor
Gold Member
3,790
1,674
Last edited by a moderator:
  • #12
5
0
thanks for everything, i think i have what i need to give the guys now.
found a rocker switch with a built in neon next to it, rated at 125VAC and 16amps from action-electronics.com
 

Related Threads for: 110v Electric motor with led

  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
1K
Replies
15
Views
3K
  • Last Post
Replies
20
Views
12K
  • Last Post
2
Replies
46
Views
18K
Replies
5
Views
900
Replies
3
Views
518
  • Last Post
Replies
3
Views
1K
Top