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more light help.....

Discussion in 'Absolute Beginners' started by look closer, Jun 10, 2002.

  1. The rule of thumb is to only load a breaker up to 80% of its capacity. On a 15-amp service with 14/2 gauge wire one should only load it up to 12 Amps MAX. Since most lights will draw 1 amp per 100 watts a 15-amp breaker can handle one 1K light each. This brings up another point in home growing. That it is always good practice to have the fans and the light that they cool on the same breaker. That way if the breaker is somehow tripped (Murphy's Law) then both the light and its cooling system are down. Instead of the cooling system for the light going down and the light still blazes away because it was on another breaker.

    Note: above figures are estimated based on 110V supply.

    can some one please put this in words that i understand? basically i need to know how many watts can i plug into a 110v outlet?....without burning my house down?
  2. Lights don't quite use as much current as you describe. When it comes to calculating electricity, watts is equal to volts x amps. If you have any two of those variables, you can calculate the third.

    If you've got a 1000 Watt lamp plugged into a 110 Volt outlet, it will draw about 9.1 amps. If you've got a 15 amp breaker and only want to draw 12 amps, you can use 1320 watts of electricity.

    This is calculated by the following equation:

    12amps(number of current you can draw) x 110Volts(number of volts coming from the socket.) = 1320Watts(Most electricity you should use from your breaker and be safe)

    Hope this helps. Let me know if you need anything else.
  3. THANK YOU! thats exactly what i needed.

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