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Old 01-13-2010, 09:25 AM   #1
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installing recessed lights, entertainment center overload?


I will be installed 6 4" recessed lights in my living room. My current entertainment center involves a 46" lcd tv, PS3, Surround Sound receiver. Direct Tv cable box and digital surge protector. My entertainment center is on a homeroom to the main panel.

next situation, the rest of the recepticles in the living, plus my outdoor entrance light, plus my master bedroom, plus half of my basement (under the living and bedroom) and my garage are on the same circuit. which involves, recepticles with alarmclock, ceiling fan. garage door opener, garage light, motion light outside.

Question is. Will I be better off taping into the homeroom entertainment center power or should I tap off the other circuit?

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I vote for neither.

You surely don't want to wire the lights off your entertainment center for the simple reason that if your equipment trips a breaker it will leave you in the dark.

That other circuit sounds like it already has enough stuff on it.

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Are these the only lights in the room ?
46" LCD may use about 250w with high contract/brightness settings
Do you know how much power the rest of the stuff uses?

I also do not like lights on outlet runs
If you have another lighting circuit that does not have much use I'd tie into that
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Are these the only lights in the room ?
46" LCD may use about 250w with high contract/brightness settings
Do you know how much power the rest of the stuff uses?

I also do not like lights on outlet runs
If you have another lighting circuit that does not have much use I'd tie into that
i dont know what wattage the other equiptment puts out, but i think i wouldnt want to tap it into that.

but on the next question if you guys dont mind. the switch I want to use is currently used to turn on/off an outlet. wouldn't it be easier if i just tapped into that outlet for the recessed lights? also dimmer wouldnt be good on that switch since it controls the outlet right?
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Correct, dimmers cannot control standard receptacles.

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