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Old 11-11-2013, 07:27 PM   #1
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I was wondering if it is possible to run 12/2 wire on a 20amp breaker for a run of 400 feet. I want to put about 4 lights or even 2 lights (60 watts) around my pond to play hockey. I realize the voltage will drop and it does not have to be 100% efficient. Any lighting is better than nothing at this point.


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Even with 4x60W lights, you'd be using about 2A of current, your voltage drop at that distance will be under 3%. No problem at all.

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If all you need is lights then no problem. Electric motors suck extra current and get hot under those conditions but incandescent lights don't.
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I was wondering if it is possible to run 12/2 wire on a 20amp breaker for a run of 400 feet. I want to put about 4 lights or even 2 lights (60 watts) around my pond to play hockey. I realize the voltage will drop and it does not have to be 100% efficient. Any lighting is better than nothing at this point.


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that would be a 2 amp draw and incur a 3.58% voltage drop at that distance, I would still pull 10-3 UF and split the load in half, because no way is 240 watts of light going to do you any justice for playing hockey…..
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If all you need is lights then no problem. Electric motors suck extra current and get hot under those conditions but incandescent lights don't.
Its still a problem, voltage drop must be still taken into consideration….
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I am on a tight budget. So any lights is better than no lights. I will most likely be playing with my two sons. No hardcore hockey. The pond is about 40*75 feet. Even two lights would work or would be better than nothing.

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that would be a 2 amp draw and incur a 3.58% voltage drop at that distance, I would still pull 10-3 UF and split the load in half, because no way is 240 watts of light going to do you any justice for playing hockey…..
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I am on a tight budget. So any lights is better than no lights. I will most likely be playing with my two sons. No hardcore hockey. The pond is about 40*75 feet. Even two lights would work or would be better than nothing.
Buy 240v lights, you can find super deals on them online…
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Maybe LED lighting.
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2-250 wt quartz floodlights would give you 112 volts at 400 ft. Resistive load so not much different than putting them on a dimmer. Not a great situation but you have to take care of the hockey players!
It is over the informational note for voltage drop but it's not a supercomputer either.
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Use 2-3 of these.


It'll become day time...

http://www.amazon.com/TSSS-Spotlight...ywords=50w+led
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Thanks guys. I am going to go with LED lighting possibly two of them. Once I get my rink going I will come back and post results to help others in the future.
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Thanks guys. I am going to go with LED lighting possibly two of them. Once I get my rink going I will come back and post results to help others in the future.

the LED lights for what you are doing ... well IMHO do not work well ... PERSONAL experience ....

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