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Old 09-14-2013, 06:49 PM   #1
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Hello there, I could really use a little input on a project I've got going.

I need to light my 22'x40' ren fest shop and I've decided on track lighting, and believe I have found a good deal with this item from Lowes: http://www.lowes.com/pd_266507-47842...1#BVRRWidgetID

It includes 8 50Watt bulbs. and I believe I will need 6 of these units which would be 2400 watts in all.
Once I get these units I may decide 6 is overkill, I have no idea yet, but lets roll with this assumption now but feel free to provide input if you have track lighting experience.

Anyway here's my current dilemma; I want to install a dimmer for these and I quickly discovered that most dimmers out there seem only rated for low wattage. I had hoped to wire it all together on one unit somehow but will I have to instead have to wire up a big panel on the wall with a series of dimmers?
I was also planning on wiring it all together with 14ga wire; am I on the right track? And should I plan to give it its own 15A breaker?

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Hello there, I could really use a little input on a project I've got going.

I need to light my 22'x40' ren fest shop and I've decided on track lighting, and believe I have found a good deal with this item from Lowes: http://www.lowes.com/pd_266507-47842...1#BVRRWidgetID

It includes 8 50Watt bulbs. and I believe I will need 6 of these units which would be 2400 watts in all.
Once I get these units I may decide 6 is overkill, I have no idea yet, but lets roll with this assumption now but feel free to provide input if you have track lighting experience.

Anyway here's my current dilemma; I want to install a dimmer for these and I quickly discovered that most dimmers out there seem only rated for low wattage. I had hoped to wire it all together on one unit somehow but will I have to instead have to wire up a big panel on the wall with a series of dimmers?
I was also planning on wiring it all together with 14ga wire; am I on the right track? And should I plan to give it its own 15A breaker?

Thanks for reading.
2400 watts is too much even for a single 20 amp circuit. 2 15 amp circuits would work provided nothing else is on either circuit. Dimmers in the 1000 to 1200 watt ranges are available. I prefer not to use high wattage dimmers.

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2400 watts is too much even for a single 20 amp circuit. 2 15 amp circuits would work provided nothing else is on either circuit. Dimmers in the 1000 to 1200 watt ranges are available. I prefer not to use high wattage dimmers.
Thanks for the reply.

Well, this is turning out to be more involving than I thought. If there's really that much load I think I've probably overestimated my needs and should step down to 4 of the kits. Would a 20 amp breaker and two dimmers cover that? Is there something wrong with using the high wattage dimmers btw?
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Bonsoir Prince.,

The issue you will run into with 1500 et 2000 watt dimmers are they are very large on size wise due the heat sink fins will cover up pretty good and it will useally required mount it own junciton box due the heat sink coverage.

And also they are not cheap either so better off just get few 1000 watt dimmers and go from there ( just becarefull with derating so you install two gang box with a switch next to it you will knock the rating down.)


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use LED Bulbs ... that will cut the wattage 75%
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What is a 'ren fest'?

And another vote for LED or CFL.

I just bought some GU10 bulbs in the 30-50w equiv range...use 4-5w....the bright white was a bit too blue...but my wife has a hard time telling the difference in color between the warm white LED and the Halogen it's replacing....
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A ren fest is a Renaissance Festival. It is a seasonal event where we sell armor and weapons and leather things there. We are one of hundreds of shops and many shows and fun things going on but we're focused on the sales side of thing ourselves.

The reason I didn't go with LED is because of the color. The shop itself is literally blue and black. So I want the color of the halogens to give the warmth to the atmosphere.

I wasn't sure what was meant by "just becarefull with derating so you install two gang box with a switch next to it you will knock the rating down.)"


So here's what I've got ordered for this install:
-4X light sets w/ 8X 50W Bulbs so 1600 total Watts
http://www.lowes.com/webapp/wcs/stor...141&cId=detail

-I bought two of these 1000W dimmers
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

-And I bought this wire 12/2
-http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000M2TY44/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

What's the best way to wire this up? Will it work if I wire two lights sets together, run a wire to the dimmer, then the two dimmers powered by one wire running to a 20A breaker?
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:25 AM   #8
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High wattage dimmers are available !
even 2400w dimmers are available !
You wont get them at HD or lowes !
You will have to get them thru specialist electrical suppliers !
Be warned they won't be cheap !
Do some digging on line !

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