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When should gear be turned off?

Postby I'd Rather Play » Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:57 pm

From the perspective of gear life/energy usage what and when should gear be turned off? Or put another way, how long should it be idle before it's worth turning it off?
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Re: When should gear be turned off?

Postby Bossman » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:26 am

I'd Rather Play wrote:From the perspective of gear life/energy usage what and when should gear be turned off? Or put another way, how long should it be idle before it's worth turning it off?


I turn off my studio at the end of the day, and turn it all back on at the start of the day.. I have one switch that turns everything on/off.

I know of other studios that just leave everything powered up 24/7.. its always on.

I've heard people suggest that turning things on/off often can shorten its life, but I don't know how true that is - or perhaps it is relevant to some equipment more than others.. i don't know.

Personally I wouldn't worry about it too much... just switch it off at the end of the day!
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Re: When should gear be turned off?

Postby Richie Royale » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:51 am

I keep everything off unless I'm using it; I'm not made of money and electricity costs!
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Re: When should gear be turned off?

Postby fay spook » Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:33 am

At work I turn most things on at the start of the day and off at the end. I have a reasonable idea of what is needed for the day so I dont need to switch everything on. Switching on is the most stressful time for electrical equipment - light bulbs usually blow when they are switched on- but they are designed to deal with this, or should be. Obviously valves have a finite life and capacitors do too albeit a lot longer. Think if you need all your valve equipment running 24/7 just to keep it warm?? Depending on how the mains is handled in your studio it can be an idea to unplug things during a major electrical storm, perhaps an extreme example....or you could be outside recording thunder and lightening with your handheld recorder or running to the pub "for safety".
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