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Old 05-20-2020, 11:13 PM   #1
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Any recommendations for mechanically held lighting contactors. I have a bunch of bids that all spec out Allen Bradley 500L or equivalent. I'm trying to see if there is a less expensive alternative that is also easy to get. I've had good luck with getting other brands of equipment approved by these designers. I really don't like dealing with Allen Bradley products if I don't have to.
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Old 05-20-2020, 11:17 PM   #2
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I think the cheapest you will find is probably GE. But for my money, Sq. D builds them like I like.
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Thanks. I have used the GE ones and the plastic is poor quality and strips out really easy where the coil mounts. I will take a look at the Square D.
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ooops mechanically held,nevermind
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For GE are you talking the plastic ones that you can add a bunch of contacts, make it mechanically held if you want, etc? I've only done a couple of those without any trouble. Mainly went with them because they didn't make any noise.
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Have mechanically held contactors become as long lasting as the electrically held?
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For GE are you talking the plastic ones that you can add a bunch of contacts, make it mechanically held if you want, etc? I've only done a couple of those without any trouble. Mainly went with them because they didn't make any noise.
Yes those are the ones that I have used. The 1st one I had I barely put any pressure on the screws holding the coil on to the unit and it stripped out the plastic. Went to start it up and it would do nothing with the kit that is supposed to make it mechanically held. I replaced the mechanically held module with a brand new one and it started working. I was not impressed, between the quality of the plastic and then the 1st module that was bad out of the box.
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Thanks. I have used the GE ones and the plastic is poor quality and strips out really easy where the coil mounts. I will take a look at the Square D.
Square D lighting contractors are like the universal standard here. I've also seen a few Eaton's, but Square D has the vast majority of the market.

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Anyone have a good part number for the square D
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