"Pavel314" wrote in message
I recently hooked my generator into the main box, with a lock-out device of
course. If the power goes out, I'll turn off the main switch to the street
manually and flip to generator power.
The problem is how to know when the street power is back on, other than
looking down the street to see if the neighbors have lights on again. When I
just ran extension cords from the generator to the well, refrigerators,
etc., during an outage, when the power started up again various lights would
light up around the house as they had been on and were still
street-connected. Now, everything is disconnected from the street.
It would be nice if there were some sort of induction device I could clamp
on the main line coming in from the street which would light up an LED if
there were power in the line, but if there's no current actually flowing I
don't see how it would pick up the potential voltage in the line. Is there
such a thing available or will I have to invent one?
Simple. Use induction method. Like a clamp amp meter works. To light your