My project involves hooking up relays to individual plug points so I can control them with a microcontroller. Unfortunately, I am not sure how to approach splitting my mains 240V into 4 different inputs. All I can think now is to use a metal plate, solder the mains to the metal plate, and solder to the live connection of the 4 inputs to that plate. Then do the same for neutral and ground.
Is there a better approach?
PS I have two possible methods. Can I know which is safer. (Drawn here at this link)
One way option 1 is to solder the main mains wire to a metal strip. Then solder the live wires of my extensions onto the strip. The relay will divide this wire to the extension (I am using an arduino all in one relay module http://dx.com/p/arduino-5v-relay-module-blue-black-121354).
Option 2 is just to use those mains wire caps to join up all the wires. I feel this is safer as I do not have to expose a metal strip inside my project box.