Does any body use a UV sterilizer with a cut off switch to save electric.

bethbeth Solar Expert Posts: 32
Thanks again to all for answering my PV solar questions. I thought I would ask if any off griders are using a cut off switching system ( and possibly a water solenoid valve in conjunction with) to turn off their UV sterilizer when the water is not running to save electric. If so could you please describe it. Thanks

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  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,380 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Does any body use a UV sterilizer with a cut off switch to save electric.

    UV sterilizers should have their own switch, because without water flow, the tube will overheat.
    I'm using a UV/ozone bubbler in the water tank (Triple O)
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  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 29,518 admin
    Re: Does any body use a UV sterilizer with a cut off switch to save electric.

    I guess this is the company:

    www.tripleo.com

    But they only sell through dealers.

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,667 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Does any body use a UV sterilizer with a cut off switch to save electric.

    Beth,
    Why do you treat the water BTW?
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  • Ralph DayRalph Day Solar Expert Posts: 887 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Does any body use a UV sterilizer with a cut off switch to save electric.

    I'm in that boat. I've used a Sterilte (12gpm uv light) for many years and even before being off grid I put it on a timer to save power. It comes on 15 minutes before alarm wakeup and shuts off 30 minutes after lights out (9:45pm).

    Some will say not to shut off the light, but I've never had a bulb fail from cycling, only old age. First bulb lasted 5 years.

    The solenoid is overkill I think. If you have a teenager come in late...just tell them not to use any water, or trip the timer.

    Ralph
  • russruss Solar Expert Posts: 593 ✭✭
    Re: Does any body use a UV sterilizer with a cut off switch to save electric.

    All the UV lamps I have looked at specify a 1 year (8760 hour) life.

    Is that not true?
  • Ralph DayRalph Day Solar Expert Posts: 887 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Does any body use a UV sterilizer with a cut off switch to save electric.

    Hi Russ
    That's the spec for bulb life..especially if you're selling the bulbs. I check the bacteria count every 3 months (0), and clean the crystal the bulb sits in (not as often as I should), and have never had more than a zero count. Replacement every 3 years or so for me. THe water is soft (rain or softener-ed), but raw tests have some bacteria from dug well or cistern, so it's always going to be used.

    Ralph
  • bethbeth Solar Expert Posts: 32
    Re: Does any body use a UV sterilizer with a cut off switch to save electric.

    I treat the water because I harvest rain water. I have heard as well that cycling the bulb on and off reduces its ability to produce strong UV something with the gasses inside the bulb. But I wonder if UV companies would rather its consumers keep their bulbs on 24 hours. But I am sort of thinking with a small unit that may be appropriate for me at 25 to 35 watts I may just keep it on. Still trying to figure this out. Thanks All.
  • Ralph DayRalph Day Solar Expert Posts: 887 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Does any body use a UV sterilizer with a cut off switch to save electric.

    Beth,
    How about buying an extra bulb (you'll need it anyway) to have on hand...trying a switch or timer and watching your bacteria counts closely. If the cycling smokes the initial bulb, you'll have a replacement handy, than change the on/off cycling if needed?

    Ralph
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,667 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Does any body use a UV sterilizer with a cut off switch to save electric.
    beth wrote: »
    I treat the water because I harvest rain water. I have heard as well that cycling the bulb on and off reduces its ability to produce strong UV something with the gasses inside the bulb. But I wonder if UV companies would rather its consumers keep their bulbs on 24 hours. But I am sort of thinking with a small unit that may be appropriate for me at 25 to 35 watts I may just keep it on. Still trying to figure this out. Thanks All.

    Just because you harvest rainwater UV is not the only way to make it potable. Your grandmother might not have had electricity when she was young.

    UV is a great way to treat water if it is needed. I use to do that myself until I found the data was not showing any benefit over the chlorine method my grandfather used. Just an FYI
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  • System2System2 Posts: 6,290 admin
    Re: Does any body use a UV sterilizer with a cut off switch to save electric.

    We use a Trojan D max system in conjunction with a solenoid. We have lots of guests and don't want anyone leaving poorly. One low voltage switch controls our entire water system: instant hot water, pressure pump, solenoid and UV filter. To get through the night we use a precharged pressure tank after the solenoid to run the taps for hand-washing, etc. after bed-time. The 12v solenoid is operated at 7VDC to save power. The tank also acts a buffer when the sytem is turned on in the morning; avoids the possibility of water being used while the lamp heats up (about a minute or so).

    Regards

    Rob
  • bethbeth Solar Expert Posts: 32
    Re: Does any body use a UV sterilizer with a cut off switch to save electric.

    Thanks all, I called sterilight (trojan) in canada they said an on demand system of cycling on and off is not good but shuting don at night is ok. I ll skip the solinoid and just flip a ball valve at night.
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