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Old 03-08-2010, 03:08 AM   #1
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Hi all,

Having some amount of difficulty trying to accomplish this small task. i am not an electrical guy but figure with some help this is not too hard to do.

i am trying to wire 4 - 120v receptacles (inside a small metal box) to 4 lighted rocker switches so that i have 4 controls for 4 sets of lighting sources.

Basically i want this box to be able to plug into the wall(ac) and give me 4 seperate outs to power 4 strobe lights. the rocker switches are of course to turn each strobe on or off individually and independant of each other.

Also i wouldnt mind adding a master switch to power the whole box down.

Any thoughts on how to wire this up? should i have any fuses or anything in there for protection etc etc.

im quite new to trying this so any help would be greatly appreciated.

thx
Colin

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Old 03-08-2010, 06:56 AM   #2
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You can gang metal boxes together to form one box to hold everything. Standard receptacles have a brass metal connector that connects each outlet together. Break that off and you have an individual outlet. Two receptacles will give you 4 individual outlets. Multiple switches are also available. How much power do these strobes draw?? That will be the key as to what is required.

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Thank you for replying. I have a small metal box already from a previous piece of equipment that fit the need perfectly. I think the max draw on the first 2 rockers are maybe 100watts and number three would be around 125, the fourth one is 250 though, its the big massive strobe that all the kids really like

should i install a circuit breaker or something in case of overloads or spikes as well??

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Your figures add up to 575 watts. That should work on almost any circuit unless it is heavily loaded. I see no reason for additional fusing within the box itself.

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If this is being used outside make sure it is GFCI protected
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