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Old 01-24-2009, 05:39 AM   #1
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I am making a student film which we will shoot in a flat in London. I have a number of film lights ranging 150w to 2k (totaling just under 10k). I am a little confused because the owner of the flat says the fuse board is set up as following:

16a ring mains for basement and ground floor and a (32a total ring
main tripper). The only other circuits are for lights (6a) and the cooker

Does this mean I have a total of 32a (minus whatever household appliances are drawing) for my lights, so could plug in a max of 3,840 watts (minus the household appliances)?

Many thanks for your time.



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Old 01-24-2009, 09:15 AM   #2
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Just an FYI to start off with, this forum is mostly US based, however there are some people on here who do know some stuff about the UK wiring and panel setup etc.

It is my understanding that the UK runs on 240 volt circuits not 120 like the US does. So that should mean you have double the available watts you thought you had making that 7680 watts available. Still doesn't help with the 10,000 watts of lights.

I would double check what voltage the lights are, and also what voltage you get at the outlets. If these lights are from the US you will likely burn out the bulbs just after you plug them in due to over voltage.

Do you plan on dimming these lights at all or do you plan on using them all at full brightness all the time?

frenchelectrician is a UK based forum member here and should be able to provide some help with this situation.


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Old 01-24-2009, 01:33 PM   #3
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Thanks for your prompt reply - yes we do have 240v here so you are right about doubling my watts - and I won't be plugging all my 10k in at the same time so I should not have a problem.

Thank you for your advice.
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