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Old 02-22-2010, 02:18 PM   #1
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remodeling basement ..don't want to tape into my furnace for heat ... have one large room 480' sq. and am thinking of using two or three baseboard electric heaters [possibly Cadet 6 Ft. 1500 Watt 240 Volt Electric] as heat source on outside walls ..out side walls insulated and basement not real cold ...I'm doing electrical now ..do these need to have there own independent run or can they be wired to 3 basement pull chain lights which I seldom use and are on a 15 amp circuit .........the basement remodel has 3 separate runs [ 2 lights 1 outlets ] ..thanks for any advise

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Your basement lights won't be 240 volt so the heaters need to be on their own circuit. Even if you go with 120 volt heater I would put them on their own circuit.

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got any recommendation for baseboard 120v or should I run a 240v line and go with the 240v heaters ?? don't know what it takes to run 240v
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Hey it may not hurt to get someone in to do this right if your not sure what your doing.

They usually recommend 10W per square foot for baseboard heat, so around 5000W for your room.

I can`t say how to wire this unless I know where you from, i beleive the rules are different here in canada.
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When I did my basement (~600 sq ft finished area) I put in 2 Cadet 240 Volt in-wall mount fan heaters. Their max rating is 2000 watts each. Used a double pole 20 Amp breaker and 12 guage wire to feed them. They heat up my basement relatively quickly. I chose them over the baseboard type because of the fan to move the heat faster. I don't heat the basement 24/7, just when we have company. (My sons can wear sweatshirts!)

240 volt runs for this application are no more difficult than 120 volt, but if you thought you'd tie them into the existing 120 volt 15 amp lighting circuit you may want to hire it out.
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yeah ....think I'll pay a pro ..pick his brain and watch so next time it will be my job...this is my first large wiring job and this is beyond me or my remodeling book ..thanks

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