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  • AR500 Control Cards

    Each motor has two pairs of control wires.  To make sure that the wiring is good and the motor is not shorted, meter between each pair of wires with the control card disconnected.  The measurements must be made with the unit powered off.  The pairs are listed below.  You should read between 80 and 100 ohms for good wiring and motor. A reading of zero ohms indicates a shorted motor or shorted wiring.  A reading of 5 megaohms or greater indicates open wiring.  Also make sure that there is 5 megaohms or greater between each of the 16 wires and ground and between each of the 16 wires not listed as pairs below. 

    Term.ColorTermColorResistance
    1Black2White80-100 ohms
    3Red4Green80-100 ohms
    5Orange6Blue80-100 ohms
    7White/Black8Red/Black80-100 ohms
    9Green/Black10Orange/Black80-100 ohms
    11Blue/Black12Black/White80-100 ohms
    13Red/White 14Green/White80-100 ohms
    15Blue/White16Black/Red80-100 ohms


    Each wire and ground     5 megaohms or more

    TermColorColorResistance
    1Blackany other wire than White5 megaohms or more
    2Whiteany other wire than Black5 megaohms or more
    3Redany other wire than Green5 megaohms or more
    4Greenany other wire than Red5 megaohms or more
    5Orangeany other wire than Blue5 megaohms or more
    6Blueany other wire than Orange5 megaohms or more
    7White/Blackany other wire than Red/Black5 megaohms or more
    8Red/Blackany other wire than White/Black5 megaohms or more
    9Green/Blackany other wire than Orange/Black5 megaohms or more
    10Orange/Blackany other wire than Green/Black5 megaohms or more
    11Blue/Blackany other wire than Black/White5 megaohms or more
    12Black/Whiteany other wire than Blue/Black5 megaohms or more
    13Red/Whiteany other wire than Green/White5 megaohms or more
    14Green/Whiteany other wire than Red/White5 megaohms or more
    15Blue/Whiteany other wire than Black/Red5 megaohms or more
    16 Black/Redany other wire than Blue/White5 megaohms or more


    After these have all been checked out and repaired, put each unit into self test (address 00) to check for proper functions.  Each motor and color should close and open.  For those that do not, you may have a bad motor, an actuator shaft may be disconnected from the color head, or the control card may have a problem.  Be very sure to check the wiring first.
    Check the Data Runs
    Check to make sure that the data runs are intact and correctly terminated at each unit. 

    In order to test fixtures, first check these measurements. After these have all been checked out and repaired, power up all the fixtures and the MCP.  Put the test switch on the MCP into the 'On' position and verify all the units change colors simultaneously.  The Green Data LED on each CPU card should be blinking.  If not, you may have bad wiring or a bad CPU card. If the colors are not all the same on each unit (ie: most units are in blue and one is in red) then the motor wiring between the ballast and the head is incorrect.

    If Lamps Are Exploding

    For the lamps that are exploding, please verify that the ballast plate utilizes the correct parts and wiring on the inductor.  You should have an inductor and two capacitors on the ballast plate.  The inductor does have the maximum ratings that you faxed in.  The color wires that should be used on the inductor are white and red.