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OfflineKybish

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Wiring question
    #55578 - 06/11/08 02:56 PM (8 years, 5 months ago)

I've got 5 42 watt, 120 volt CFL's that I'm hoping to hook up into a parallel configuration.

I bought a cheap wire to wall plug connector rated at 15A and 125V. Does this mean I can only wire one light per wall connector?

If I hook up all 5 lights in a parallel configuration, connecting them all to the same connector, do I risk starting a fire?

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Re: Wiring question [Re: Kybish]
    #55593 - 06/11/08 03:04 PM (8 years, 5 months ago)

that is nowhere near 15A

You should be fine putting them all together


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Re: Wiring question [Re: Kybish]
    #55597 - 06/11/08 03:10 PM (8 years, 5 months ago)

Quote:

Kybish said:
I've got 5 42 watt, 120 volt CFL's that I'm hoping to hook up into a parallel configuration.

I bought a cheap wire to wall plug connector rated at 15A and 125V. Does this mean I can only wire one light per wall connector?




No, the voltage refers to the electrical current the bulbs/wires are intended to be used for. If you're in the States, the current of your electricity is at 120. In Europe, its usually 220 volts. As far as voltage goes, you're fine. :wink:

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If I hook up all 5 lights in a parallel configuration, connecting them all to the same connector, do I risk starting a fire?





It would depend on how many amps each light needs. Your power cord you've bought is capable of handling 15 amps, and I believe the rule of thumb is you want 20% more capacity then how many amps total you are using to be safe (that might not be truly necessary though, but as far as I know it is - hopefully someone else with some real experience on this will chime in). You'd need to know how many amps each CFL is to really know if you're overloading the power cord or not. Also keep in mind your circuit breaker, so you don't have too many amps on one circuit breaker, which would cause it to flip.

Hope that helps! :smile:


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Re: Wiring question [Re: Sirius]
    #55609 - 06/11/08 03:40 PM (8 years, 5 months ago)

Thanks Nobody n' Sirius, cleared up a lot of confusion.


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Re: Wiring question [Re: Kybish]
    #55612 - 06/11/08 03:48 PM (8 years, 5 months ago)

I don't even know how many amps a typical CFL bulb would use... you should take a look at yours and let me know. :wink:


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Re: Wiring question [Re: Sirius]
    #55615 - 06/11/08 03:57 PM (8 years, 5 months ago)

Can't find the amps anywhere; not on the box, not on the bulb's base, not even on the site I bought them from.  :shrug:


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Re: Wiring question [Re: Kybish]
    #55616 - 06/11/08 04:11 PM (8 years, 5 months ago)

A 13W CFL draws approx. 225mA.


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Re: Wiring question [Re: erb]
    #55720 - 06/11/08 06:51 PM (8 years, 5 months ago)

yah, i was gonna say, there's no way that a single CFL draws anything close to 1 amp :smile:


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