>>Norm With the talk

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>>Norm

With the talk about all these lights and converting a bedroom into your studio, I would like to point out a potential issue. Unless you plan on routing electric from other rooms (need to be careful about this too) you do have a current limit to what you can run in lighting and other electric needs. Most homes have a about half a dozen 20amp circuits or less supporting the whole house. And are wired so that several rooms share the same circuit (is why you need to take care in “borrowing” power from another room). With a 20amp circuit you do not want to run more then about 15ampsfor any great length of time as thiswill wear down a circuit breaker over time. This also allows an intermittant use of electric in that other room(s) on the same circuit.

A quick way to figure roughly what your electric requirementsor availability areuse this formula;

Amps = Watts divided by Volts (house voltage in the US is around 120) soone 800Watt lampneeds (800/120=6.67) about 7 amps, almost half you power allocation.

Or 15 amps X 120 volts is about 1800 watts so you can subtract Light wattage (for each light)from 1800 and stop adding lights when you get near zero.

Hi Crafters.

So basically, unless I want to pay a lot of money to upgrade my electrical circuitry, I need to go fluorescent?

I guess I will have to do that. So that rules out getting soft boxes for the Tota heads.

Thank you for the tip.

Norman

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