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DC Power Electrical Safety Guidelines for EX 3200 and EX 4200 Switches

The following electrical safety guidelines apply to a DC-powered switch:

  • A DC-powered switch is equipped with a DC terminal block that is rated for the power requirements of a maximally configured switch. To supply sufficient power, terminate the DC input wiring on a facility DC source capable of supplying at least 8 A @ –48 VDC. Incorporate an easily accessible disconnect device into the facility wiring. Be sure to connect the ground wire or conduit to a solid office (earth) ground. A closed loop ring is recommended for terminating the ground conductor at the ground stud.
  • Run two wires from the circuit breaker box to a source of 48 VDC.
  • In the United States, a restricted access area is one in accordance with Articles 110-16, 110-17, and 110-18 of the National Electrical Code ANSI/NFPA 70.

    Note: Primary overcurrent protection is provided by the building circuit breaker. This breaker must protect against excess currents, short circuits, and earth faults in accordance with NEC ANSI/NFPA 70.

  • Ensure that the polarity of the DC input wiring is correct. Under certain conditions, connections with reversed polarity might trip the primary circuit breaker or damage the equipment.
  • For personal safety, connect the green and yellow wire to safety (earth) ground at both the switch and the supply side of the DC wiring.
  • The marked input voltage of –48 VDC for a DC-powered switch is the nominal voltage associated with the battery circuit, and any higher voltages are only to be associated with float voltages for the charging function.
  • Because the switch is a positive ground system, you must connect the positive lead to the terminal labeled RTN, the negative lead to the terminal labeled –48 VDC, and the earth ground to the chassis grounding points.

Updated: 2009-04-07

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