Situation: My septic tank currently has one red warning light that turns on when the tank is full. When the waste water level is high enough it triggers a float switch. The red lights tells me it's time to empty the tank.
As things stand now, what happens if the bulb goes bad or I've lost electricity to the warning light circuit? The situation is ripe for an unexpected overflow.
Plan: I'd like to build a better warning indicator. I recently purchased two LED lights, one red and one green. Both lights will be mounted in a weatherproof outdoor electrical box. I'll drill two holes in the box cover plate, one for each light. Here is my light bulb logic. A lit green LED light indicates there is power to the circuit. When the float switch is triggered, the green light turns off and the red light turns on and it's time to have the tank emptied. Should I ever find both lights off, I'll know the situation needs to be looked at.
I've attached a crude drawing of what I think the circuit might look like. I know I need a relay in this application but I'm not sure what kind to get. Both LED lights operate on 120v. So I'm guessing I'll need a 120v relay.
Questions: Is my circuit accurate? And what type of relay do I need and can you point me to where I can purchase it. OK, that's three questions.
Keep in mind I'm not an electrical engineer. But as a homeowner of 25 years I've done plenty of basic to intermediate electrical work on my home. Last year I trenched and ran power to my detached garage and installed a new 60 AMP lug. All this was needed to power a new 240v table saw.
July 10, 2017
The relay setup is incorrect but is not needed anyway. I would suggest removing the relay. Just connect the greed LED to the power side of the switch. Then the green LED will always be on. If the green LED is off you know power is off.
5 days, 14 hours ago
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