Electricity Meter flashing light

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by lemmy, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. lemmy

    lemmy Guest

    I've just moved house and notice that the Siemans electricity meter
    has a red light wich is flashing slowly. Plus the LCD display is
    flashing between 8888 and the current reading. Does anyone know what
    this signifies?
    lemmy, Jun 17, 2007
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  2. lemmy

    Colin Wilson Guest

    > I've just moved house and notice that the Siemans electricity meter
    > has a red light wich is flashing slowly. Plus the LCD display is
    > flashing between 8888 and the current reading. Does anyone know what
    > this signifies?


    The flashing red light indicates usage, and somewhere on the meter
    will probably be a reference to xxxx flashes per kWh

    The 8888 is simply a test pattern to prove the meter has all the
    display segments working correctly.
    Colin Wilson, Jun 17, 2007
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  3. On Sun, 17 Jun 2007 08:41:12 -0700, lemmy wrote:

    > I've just moved house and notice that the Siemans electricity meter
    > has a red light wich is flashing slowly.


    The light flashes once for each 1W/hr consumed (ie 1000 flashes per kW/hr)

    > Plus the LCD display is flashing between 8888 and the current reading.


    Shows that all the segments of the display are working and thus the
    numbers shown are correct. No confusion between say 8 and 0, or 7 and 1
    etc.

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    Dave Liquorice, Jun 17, 2007
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  4. lemmy

    Part timer Guest

    On 17 Jun, 16:41, lemmy <> wrote:
    > I've just moved house and notice that the Siemans electricity meter
    > has a red light wich is flashing slowly. Plus the LCD display is
    > flashing between 8888 and the current reading. Does anyone know what
    > this signifies?


    On one of those Sky Three "law-and-order" type programmes 2 cops were
    hunting down a dodgy white van (permanantly borrowed from a rental
    fleet). Terraced houses, lots of cars parked, they had a look into the
    van and a cutain twitched in a nearby house. "Ello ello ello!" - they
    knock on the door. No answer. Looked through letterbox - smell of hash
    plantation! The two young lads leg it out of the back and are caught.
    One cop noticed the electricity meter was giving it all the 8s,
    flashing between the current reading - and he said it had been
    tampered with (obvious as the tails were linked to the incomers in a
    very dodgy way).

    Get it looked at!
    Part timer, Jun 17, 2007
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  5. On Sun, 17 Jun 2007 15:37:36 -0700, Part timer <> wrote:

    >On 17 Jun, 16:41, lemmy <> wrote:
    >> I've just moved house and notice that the Siemans electricity meter
    >> has a red light wich is flashing slowly. Plus the LCD display is
    >> flashing between 8888 and the current reading. Does anyone know what
    >> this signifies?

    >
    >On one of those Sky Three "law-and-order" type programmes 2 cops were
    >hunting down a dodgy white van (permanantly borrowed from a rental
    >fleet). Terraced houses, lots of cars parked, they had a look into the
    >van and a cutain twitched in a nearby house. "Ello ello ello!" - they
    >knock on the door. No answer. Looked through letterbox - smell of hash
    >plantation! The two young lads leg it out of the back and are caught.
    >One cop noticed the electricity meter was giving it all the 8s,
    >flashing between the current reading - and he said it had been
    >tampered with (obvious as the tails were linked to the incomers in a
    >very dodgy way).


    Hmmm which is the most likely :
    a) Test pattern to show that the display is correct.
    b) Copper that knows anything about electronic electricity meters.
    Mike Harrison, Jun 17, 2007
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  6. lemmy

    The Wanderer Guest

    On Sun, 17 Jun 2007 23:04:23 +0100 (BST), Dave Liquorice wrote:

    > On Sun, 17 Jun 2007 08:41:12 -0700, lemmy wrote:
    >
    >> I've just moved house and notice that the Siemans electricity meter
    >> has a red light wich is flashing slowly.

    >
    > The light flashes once for each 1W/hr consumed (ie 1000 flashes per kW/hr)


    No, I don't think so. See the reply from Colin Wilson.



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    The Wanderer, Jun 18, 2007
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  7. lemmy

    The Wanderer Guest

    On Mon, 18 Jun 2007 08:46:25 +0100, David Hansen wrote:

    > On Mon, 18 Jun 2007 07:43:47 +0100 someone who may be The Wanderer
    > <> wrote this:-
    >
    >>> The light flashes once for each 1W/hr consumed (ie 1000 flashes per kW/hr)

    >>
    >>No, I don't think so. See the reply from Colin Wilson.

    >
    > You mean the one where he typed, "The flashing red light indicates
    > usage, and somewhere on the meter will probably be a reference to
    > xxxx flashes per kWh"?
    >
    > While it may or may not be 1000 flashes per unit, the light flashing
    > certainly does indicate usage.


    Err, yes, and my reference to CW's answer made it quite clear that I wasn't
    disputing that the light flashes to indicate usage.

    What I was disputing was the statement that the light flashes once for
    every watthour. It is an erroneous statement that might mislead others. Or
    are you suggesting that we should collectively turn a blind eye to
    misinformation?

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    The Wanderer, Jun 18, 2007
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  8. lemmy

    AJH Guest

    On Mon, 18 Jun 2007 08:46:25 +0100, David Hansen
    <> wrote:

    >the light flashing
    >certainly does indicate usage.


    Has anybody made a counter that sees the flashes and data logs them
    off a usb port? Must be better than the clamp on things that are being
    shown on the news.

    AJH
    AJH, Jun 18, 2007
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  9. lemmy

    Alex Guest

    AJH wrote:
    > Has anybody made a counter that sees the flashes and data logs them
    > off a usb port? Must be better than the clamp on things that are being
    > shown on the news.


    http://offog.org/code/electricity.html

    Alex
    Alex, Jun 18, 2007
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  10. lemmy

    lemmy Guest

    So everything's ok. Thanks very much for all the info.
    lemmy, Jun 18, 2007
    #10
  11. lemmy

    The Wanderer Guest

    On Mon, 18 Jun 2007 11:59:04 +0100, David Hansen wrote:

    > On Mon, 18 Jun 2007 10:49:22 +0100 someone who may be The Wanderer
    > <> wrote this:-
    >
    >>What I was disputing was the statement that the light flashes once for
    >>every watthour.

    >
    > The meter in the office is labelled "1000 imp/kWh". I assume that
    > "imp" stands for impulses, AKA flashes.


    And the one here at home is labelled 800 imp/kwh. Which proves my point
    that the earlier statement that the meter flashes once for every watthour
    consumed is misleading. It *may* do, but other calibrations exist.


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    The Wanderer, Jun 18, 2007
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  12. lemmy

    AJH Guest

    On Mon, 18 Jun 2007 11:57:16 +0100, Alex <> wrote:

    >AJH wrote:
    >> Has anybody made a counter that sees the flashes and data logs them
    >> off a usb port? Must be better than the clamp on things that are being
    >> shown on the news.

    >
    >http://offog.org/code/electricity.html


    Thanks but that seems to need an understanding of Linux, I do have a
    Linux box I could leave running but....

    AJH
    AJH, Jun 18, 2007
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  13. lemmy

    nickt Guest

    On 18 Jun, 11:57, Alex <> wrote:
    > AJH wrote:
    > > Has anybody made a counter that sees the flashes and data logs them
    > > off a usb port? Must be better than the clamp on things that are being
    > > shown on the news.

    >
    > http://offog.org/code/electricity.html
    >
    > Alex


    www.calc-electric.com (£5, uses a webcam)
    nickt, Jul 21, 2007
    #13
  14. lemmy

    Lurch Guest

    Re: Re: Electricity Meter flashing light

    On Sat, 21 Jul 2007 03:46:39 -0700, nickt <>
    mused:

    >On 18 Jun, 11:57, Alex <> wrote:
    >> AJH wrote:
    >> > Has anybody made a counter that sees the flashes and data logs them
    >> > off a usb port? Must be better than the clamp on things that are being
    >> > shown on the news.

    >>
    >> http://offog.org/code/electricity.html
    >>
    >> Alex

    >
    >www.calc-electric.com (£5, uses a webcam)


    Spamming ****.
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    Lurch, Jul 21, 2007
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  15. lemmy

    Keith Guest

    In message <>,
    nickt <> writes
    >On 18 Jun, 11:57, Alex <> wrote:
    >> AJH wrote:
    >> > Has anybody made a counter that sees the flashes and data logs them
    >> > off a usb port? Must be better than the clamp on things that are being
    >> > shown on the news.

    >>
    >> http://offog.org/code/electricity.html
    >>
    >> Alex

    >
    >www.calc-electric.com (£5, uses a webcam)
    >


    Which requires a computer on 24/7 to tell you how much you're wasting by
    leaving things switched on 24/7.


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    Keith
    Keith, Jul 21, 2007
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  16. lemmy

    Bob Eager Guest

    On Sat, 21 Jul 2007 13:23:30 UTC, Keith <>
    wrote:

    > In message <>,
    > nickt <> writes
    > >On 18 Jun, 11:57, Alex <> wrote:
    > >> AJH wrote:
    > >> > Has anybody made a counter that sees the flashes and data logs them
    > >> > off a usb port? Must be better than the clamp on things that are being
    > >> > shown on the news.
    > >>
    > >> http://offog.org/code/electricity.html

    > >
    > >www.calc-electric.com (ú5, uses a webcam)

    >
    > Which requires a computer on 24/7 to tell you how much you're wasting by
    > leaving things switched on 24/7.


    Not a problem..I have several computers on 24/7...!

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    Bob Eager, Jul 21, 2007
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