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Hi I've installed a 12v ac relay but the 12v supply won't pull the relay coil in. It gets it signal from a disabled alarm kit. Multimeter shows a healthy 12v when alarm is activated but relay won't energise. Tried a couple of different relays but no joy. ????
 

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Make sure the coil is not too big for the supply it could be you have the right coil but the supply 12v may not be big enough
 
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Its difinetly a 12v AC coil. Perhaps the coil is too big for the 12v. Anyway I can overcome this.
 
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Not indicated anywhere on the kit but according to the meter its 12v AC.
 

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You dont indicate what you are switching with the relay ? remember the alarm 12vac wil be jus enough to switch the electronics

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Make sure the coil is not too big for the supply it could be you have the right coil but the supply 12v may not be big enough
You'd get some clue by looking at the voltage across the coil when its energised. If it's significantly lower than 12V, say less than 10V, then you may need a relay with a higher coil resistance. The relay spec sheet should say what the minimum voltage for pull-in is.
 
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All I want to switch is a volt free closed contact to alert a pager.
 
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