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Old 03-15-2015, 01:34 AM   #1
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I was wanting to add some more florescent lighting to my garage. I currently just have a standard 2 socket in the ceiling connected to a switch. It has (2) 2 bulb fixtures and a single 4 bulb fixture. Would it be safe to add 2 more 2 bulb fixtures? Thanks for any help.

Also another question didn't want to create 2 threads since they are related. On the side of my house i have a sliding door with a floodlight with a switch on it. Down the walkway there's a exterior door. Can i tap into the floodlight and add a light to the exterior door. Thanks.

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Are you saying you have these plugged into a standard duplex receptacle? If so, you can have 15 or 20 amps on those, depending on breaker and wire size, without "overloading" anything. You are not even close.

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I think its a 20 amp breaker. Also on that breaker is a fridge and freezer and garage door opener. Am i still safe?
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The maximum wattage allowed on a 20 amp circuit is 2400 watts, or 1920 watts continuous. Assuming you have 32 watt T8 bulbs, that's 256 watts of lighting currently plugged in. You're adding 4 more bulbs, or 128 watts, for a total of 384. Your fridge and freezer probably use a couple hundred each, perhaps less, when running. The GDO also should not pull too much power, and is extremely intermittent. You will be fine.
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