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Old 09-11-2005, 08:52 PM
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Mowerboy04 Mowerboy04 is offline
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dose anyone know

is there a way to figure out hom many x-mas lights u can put on a circuit. i put up lights for a lady last year that i kept overloading the circuit. and when u do over load a circuit is there a way to put in a temperary circuit.
if anyone know help would be appericated.
ps. don't mind the spelling
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Old 10-14-2005, 12:47 AM
J Hisch J Hisch is offline
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3-5 maybe 25ft retail strands is about all. With commercail contractor grade you can get 6-10 strands of the minis, and about 100' with the C7-C9 lights.
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Old 10-25-2005, 03:08 PM
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u need a meter to test the amps of the lights u r using a generel circuit
most outlest in a house r 15 amp so can put about 13 amps on it befor a problem
however depending how the house was wired that outlet may only take 1 string to overload it due to several outlets on the same 15 amp breaker
i set up comercial xmass lights for 4 years we even set up temp poles and overhead wires i learned a lot about lighting those years and that is why i stopped doing light installs for home customers and prey u dont have a fire or u may be going broke fast
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Old 11-29-2005, 04:58 PM
Joemowz Joemowz is offline
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Old 11-29-2005, 05:27 PM
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Ohms law will tell you the number of amps that you will have in the lights, the trick is to figure out everything else on the circuit at any point in the day or nite. You can run a dedicated circuit for just the lights if the house has enough available amperage to allow it
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