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Old 08-24-2009, 08:37 AM
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Christmas Lighting Tip#2

With only 4 Months to Christmas and only 3 months untill most of your decoprations come on I wanted to share with you CHRISTMAS LIGHTING TIP#2

POWER( how to avoid tripping a breaker.

A good rule of thumb( and mine too) is to look at you power availability..

the outside outlets that are preinstalled in your home are usually tied together with other outside outlets.

SO DON'T THINK THAT BECAUSE YOU HAVE ANOTHER OUTLET MEANS YOU HAVE MORE POWER NOT!!
usuall these are tied together on 1 15 amp breaker, this means your outside outlets can only handle 15 amps.

Now in my house my outsdie outlets are tied in with the insider outlets. this causes a major challenge when you light up the house and then you add the inside tree and then the lights come on and then POP GOES THE BREAKER!!

To avoid this you will have to do some home work.

-Look to see what is tied to your outside outlet. if any of the house is tied in with that outlet then you dont have much power. you can do some easy things to give you more power outside.
1st use LED instead of minis. thei swill give you more power
2nd use CFL(compact flourescent lights a 60 wat bulb only uses 13 wats in a cfl. thus giving you alot more amps


- go buy a clamp meter and an ac splitter. this will allow you to measure your amperage use as you build your display when you reach 5 apms to max (10 amps on a 15 amp ckt)
you need to find another ckt to use. the 5 amps is designated for the insside of the house and should protect you from overload and should prevent the POP GOES THE BREAKER!! You can get a clamp meter at any hardware/home improvement store.

- ADD breakers... If your box can handle adding breakers and you can do so then i suggest adding dedicated breakers and outlets for just the outside then you would have the power set a side for your display.

more tips to come
Happy and Safe decorating...
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