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bcgfdc3 12-03-2012 04:24 PM

Panel Loading Question
 
I have a question and found some similar topics but could not find the specific answer.

I know ideally that a panel should be loaded equally on both legs but i have read on here also that it is not a big deal for residential.

My question is this: Can i put all of my motors i.e. furnace, refrigerators etc on one leg and all of my lighting on the other, then fill in with my wall receptacles? I ask this to try to avoid the annoying dimming of lights when these motors start and kick in. I have reduced some of this annoyance by switching to CFL's which dont seem to mind the split second voltage drop. Obviously I cannot seperate out the AC as this is 240volt.

Just curious if seperating them is an issue or not.

Thanks
Rick

sgip2000 12-03-2012 04:41 PM

Just put your motors on dedicated circuits and load all the circuits equally across both legs. That should help.

bcgfdc3 12-03-2012 04:48 PM

One other question. Does it matter if they are close to the supply? I mean the first breakers or the last on the bus.

I know surge supressors are supposed to be and i didn' know if this would help or not.

sgip2000 12-03-2012 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by bcgfdc3 (Post 1065705)
One other question. Does it matter if they are close to the supply? I mean the first breakers or the last on the bus.

I know surge supressors are supposed to be and i didn' know if this would help or not.

No, does not matter.

Surge breakers need to be close to the neutral bus to minimize the length of the wire(s).


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