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Description[edit | edit source]
Electricity is a new feature added in Alpha 16 and it allows one to utilize several new, powered items such as lights, sensors, and various traps.
Basics[edit | edit source]
As a general rule of thumb, all connectable electrical items follow a single-in, multi-out rule when connecting engines, banks, traps, lights, switches, and relays together. Only one electrical item can provide power at a time, but all electrical items can transfer power to multiple, but not infinite, items at a time.
Circuits[edit | edit source]
To utilize powered items you will need a power source and the item. Power sources include battery banks, generator banks, and solar banks. To complete a basic circuit, using the Wire Tool you Alt-click the power source to start a wired connection, then you Alt-click the powered device (such as a light) to end the connection.
Wattage[edit | edit source]
Power sources have an amount of wattage they can provide and every electrical item has an amount of wattage it consumes. When calculating the amount of power needed, add up the wattage of all items to be powered (including relays and switches) and make sure your power source provides at least the sum of all items.
Relays[edit | edit source]
Circuits can include relays. Relays can extend the range of a wire between devices and they can also be used to organize wiring. As of A16 there are two types of relays; regular and timer relays. Timer relays activate during specific times of the day, allowing, for example, one to turn the lights on at night.
Each relay consumes wattage from the circuit and must be considered when calculating the amount of wattage needed for the circuit.
Switches[edit | edit source]
Switches include manual switches that players must activate and automated switches, such as the motion sensor, which trigger on events. Switches are used to control when power flows beyond the switch, for example, to manually turn on lights or to turn them on when motion is detected.
Switches can be used to control how much wattage is used by a "resting" circuit. For example; a motion sensor, which uses only 5W, can be used to briefly turn on an auto turret, which uses 15W. This way, when the turret isn't needed, it isn't consuming wattage (a concern when using a Battery Bank). When something triggers the motion sensor, it can turn on the turret.
Each switch has a wattage rating and, like relays must be included in calculating the wattage needed by the circuit.