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electrical safety [IMPORTANT]
    #764301 - 01/04/15 10:35 AM (1 year, 10 months ago)

be sure to never use to many watts on one circuit ,here is a amperage calculator to help see how many watts are compatible on the circuit your using.
http://www.supercircuits.com/resources/tools/volts-watts-amps-converter


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Re: electrical safety [IMPORTANT] [Re: dmtcorey]
    #764311 - 01/04/15 01:41 PM (1 year, 10 months ago)

Its a rather simple calculation. Watts = volts x amps.

Your circuit breaker will typically be 15 or 20 amp, in the U.S its 120V, so maximum load is:

20A breaker X 120 volts = 2400w
15A breaker x 120 volts = 1800w

15A is standard for most bedrooms, but you'll see 20's on the heavier circuits, like the garage or appliances. You also need to take into account that each breaker covers multiple outlets, so you need to watch out for overloading breakers despite using different outlets.

The breaker should just trip if you use too much electricity. If you need more electricity to a circuit you can usually have an electrician upgrade one or two breakers to 20A.


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Re: electrical safety [IMPORTANT] [Re: phychotron]
    #764326 - 01/04/15 06:28 PM (1 year, 10 months ago)

its also recommended to run each breaker switch at %80 capacity to .

it better to be careful for sure ,can be bad in some old homes with old wiring !
im lucky to have access to a dryer plug in ,i have a unit i plug into it and it gives me x8 240 volt outlets which is handy .

some people im sure are not aware of this stuff which is vary importian when designing the plan.


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Re: electrical safety [IMPORTANT] [Re: dmtcorey]
    #764354 - 01/05/15 09:13 AM (1 year, 10 months ago)

Yup^
Except that the lower the voltage, the safer it is to handle...  if you grab that 240,, it'll let you know!
With 480, it might be the last thing you did, & yeah, if you have an old house, running new wire to your grow is a smart idea.  Even if its just with external plastic conduit.

I think its equally important to wire your receptacles high off the ground, unlike the standard ground level method, since water & decent amp draw generally involved. GFI outlets are a good idea also.


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Re: electrical safety [IMPORTANT] [Re: oeric mckenna]
    #764676 - 01/08/15 10:19 AM (1 year, 10 months ago)

i switch the plugs around every time i use the dryer and ill tell ya ,i pay close attention when my hands are around 240 grab that its not a tingling buzz like 120 ,she,ll through ya against the wall!


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