Thats the only down fall, but i have (saved somewhere on my pc) a member on another forum that used one of the fog timers (the $15 timers like at the spirit stores the sell seperate)I know i've seen this before but I can't seem to find the post
I want to change my motion sensor so it doesn't stay on so long. Test mode works but if someone stands infront of it then it's pointless.
I read that over on hauntforum,cool board you made,unfortunate that there were not enough takers for it worth your time. The price was right on considering the time you put in to make the prototype 1st. Simpley there are a few cheap ways to do about it,but to make it a proper complete system,it starts to add up a little for those on a tight budget,no thanx to our ever sinking economy !!I designed a circuit a while back that can trigger and shut down the cheapo MP3 player, the one that used to be sold by MPJA for $5. It needs a 9VDC 1 sec pulse to charge the cap, and the "on" time is set by a pot. It should work with any MP3 player that requires a button press to start playback.
Yeah, I've been considering offering the board for sale, so those using other triggering methods or controllers could use it, but with it being crunch time right now I probably won't get to it until next season. I made a couple for my own use (animated coffin, Reaper) and they work very well. I may need to find a different MP3 player to hack, as the original "cheapo" looks like it's becoming harder to find.I read that over on hauntforum,cool board you made,unfortunate that there were not enough takers for it worth your time. The price was right on considering the time you put in to make the prototype 1st. Simpley there are a few cheap ways to do about it,but to make it a proper complete system,it starts to add up a little for those on a tight budget,no thanx to our ever sinking economy !!
With the proper relay, you can do just about anything. As you said, cost is the prohibitive factor.
If you don't want to solder I would keep an eye on eBay for a relay to suit your needs. eg a "single shot" timer will stay on for a predetermined time after triggered, a "delay on make" timer will wait a predetermined time after it is triggered before it completes the circuit, "delay on break" will stay on for a predetermined time after it is no longer being triggered.
They also have combinations, like a single shot that will stay on for an adjustable time, but it also has another timer which will prevent it from being triggered for another predetermined time.
You could pay $10 or $70 depending on how lucky you are. The advantage to the motion sensor lights is that they have a motion detector and integrate some of these options.
The one thing the motion sensor lights do not provide is OFF time. eg after the prop is triggered, wait 5 mins before triggering again. You could do this with the proper relay + a simple PIR, or with the right relay and your existing motion sensor lights.
So that's why mine is tripping out. I just have it hooked to a washer valve to spray water from our barrel prop. It is in test mode and when it trips it will run 5 seconds stop and run again for about 4 or 5 cycles. I'm going to drop in a flood light on the other open end and give that a try. Thanks for the tip. I have been pulling my hair out.........I have been using a cheap motion sensor from HD. I noticed when it is in the "TEST" mode it will not turn off unless there is a significant load running through it. I was using it to power a small wall wart transformer that would power a lawn sprinkler valve, and it would go on, and stay on forever. I then also hooked a 120vac light to it and it would only stay on for 5 seconds, as advertised. So now my Goul the jumps up has a light highlight him when he gets activated.