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Old 07-08-2014   #11
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Sounds like you and I are of like minds. This looks like a simple, if not annoyingly inconvenient, project. Best of luck and let us know once you have it up and running.
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I talked to my local dealer.

They suggested just making the box yourself; a genuine one is likely to run at least $400. You don't need any true precision to the movement.

They also said that a common manufacturer was "Denny" if Somfy doesn't pan out.
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Ed, Thank you for the diagram. Your drawing looks spot on according to the junction box's scheme.

I'm not sure yet which voltage I'm working with. In all my searching on Somfy's site the DC motors have a different wiring that what my units have.
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I talked to my local dealer.

They suggested just making the box yourself; a genuine one is likely to run at least $400. You don't need any true precision to the movement.

They also said that a common manufacturer was "Denny" if Somfy doesn't pan out.
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Thank you for the time and effort. It was good of you to take the extra steps and I really appreciate the foot work.

I contacted Denny, they too use Somfy motors in their system but their controllers are not compatible with what I have.

I did contact a company named Viking Panels that makes switch boxes for the marine, RV and off-road vehicle market. I do not have the resources to cut the faceplate and make a nice job of it. The jury is still out on how much a custom job like this will take. If it costs me $400 and add that to the $100 I spent on the whole shebang it will still be a good bargain for something that sells for $3000-$3500. I'd still feel pretty good about it.
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You can get panel boxes from an auto parts supplier. Jeepers are always adding rocker switches for our off road lights all the time. The most common configuration for our uses are the three and four switch boxes but there are boxes for eight and ten switches. You can get a ten slot box, place eight momentaries, keep one slot closed and add an on/off switch on the tenth slot.

Here is an example. This one has two pole switches but I'm sure with a bit of research something more appropriate can be found.

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Thank you for the time and effort. It was good of you to take the extra steps and I really appreciate the foot work.
No problem. Least I could do. Cheers.
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Here's the good news: I spoke with Somfy earlier, the motors are 120VAC and draw 2.5 amps max. Not needing to add a transformer and distribution to this project makes it much easier. Now it all comes down to tracing wires to the multi pin round plug.
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You can get panel boxes from an auto parts supplier. Jeepers are always adding rocker switches for our off road lights all the time. The most common configuration for our uses are the three and four switch boxes but there are boxes for eight and ten switches. You can get a ten slot box, place eight momentaries, keep one slot closed and add an on/off switch on the tenth slot.

Here is an example. This one has two pole switches but I'm sure with a bit of research something more appropriate can be found.
After spending 5 years of my life driving a patrol car, I readily recognize that box. Thanks for the idea. I'm still hoping I can get the box done by an outside firm. I do not have a suitable workbench and tools for doing the soldering and wiring.
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Now I need a little education on how I connect the wires. Do I use a terminal strips? Hot lead X2 (for the up and down directions) and one for the neutral line then ground to the chassis? Wire the hot leads across the switches and then to the pins of the gang plug? I'm not an electrician sort, can you tell?


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