Today I was doing some research on effect timers because I didnt want to have to hit a button every time someone walked by the pneumatic couffins and pop ups. I found that a motion sensor set on test mode will go off when ever some one walks by for between 5 to 15 seconds. 15 seconds is a little long for my pneumatic cylinders to be open for. I am as cheap as it gets and spending $45.00 for an effect timer wasnt gonna happen this year. I was digging through some boxes and found a couple fog timers I bought from target last year for $10 and figured I would give it a shot. This is what I did:
#1- I hacked the motion sensor and put 2 outlets in the light sockets.
#2- opened up the fog timer and attached the output sensor wire from the motion sensor to the timer button on the fog timer.
#3- put it all back together and prayed for the best.
It worked like a champ. I set the motion sensor on test, and put the fog timer on for 5 seconds and off for 25 seconds. This way it wont keep going off when every person in a row walks by. it will suprise them. I will post pictures when I get a chance. This entire thing cost me $23 for the motion sensor and fog timer as opposed to almost $60 with the effects timer.
If anyone else has thought of this or how to make it even better, please let me know.
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