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Old 08-20-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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Installing cans and fan

My mast. Bdrm has a light switch controlling an outlet (aaagh). I'd like to re-wire four cans and a ceiling fan. Do I need to worry about overloading the circuit? How can I tell if that will be a problem?


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It's not going to be a problum.


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Old 08-20-2012, 12:25 PM   #3
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If you plan on using incandescents....then there is a chance it could be a problem....

You have to figure out how much is already on that ckt....

'Typically', lights are on a 15A ckt and outlets (recepticals) on a 20a ckt.

Is that switched outlet on a 15 or 20?

Of course, you have already gone through your house and made a map of every outlet and switch and which breaker it goes to....right? Of course you have, silly of me to ask...........(not ragging on you....just a friendly pays off later)

The ckt will be protected either way...but you don't want to exceed the limits of the switch either.

Figure out what all is aready on the ckt...figure out what the chances are that the other devices might be on at the same time and that will give you an idea of your breathing room on load.

One would assume that if the switch is controlling a 15a outlet...then you could potentially have a 15a load.... answer your question after all the above mumbo jumbo....Yes, you 'should' be ok.....

Of course, the experts will chime in if I'm wrong.....
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there.

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