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Re: How much light on one circuit?

> Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 18:21:01 -0600
> From: Rod Hanks <rhanks at benchbuilt_com>
> Glad everyone enjoyed the lumens question.  I learned something but
> I'm not sure what.  Mostly I learned to go to ah supply and buy a ready-made
> kit.  Though the price of a setup for a 10-gallon tank is shocking, in my
> opinion.
> Here is another question.  My  house was wired in 68. My fish-room and
> a couple of other rooms are all on the same 15 amp circuit.  Is there a
> way to know how much light I can plug in back there before I have to
> call either an electrician or the fire department? (Either one would have
> a big impact on the capital budget).

You should be able to safely plug in as much stuff as you want.  If
you go over 15 amps, your circuit breaker will trip.  But 100W of
lighting will use less than 1 amp, so I don't think you have much to
worry about anyway.

What setup are you talking about for a 10 gallon tank?  The 2x13W, or
the 1x36W fluorescent setup?  Either of these will add an
insignificant load to your electrical circuit.  If they put you over
the top, you are already operating too near the limit.

Best regards,