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 dcd22 08-27-2007 06:55 AM

Recessed Lighting - How many per 20amp circuit

How many 65w light's can I put on a sinlge 20amp circuit?

I will be adding 2 string's of 4 (each on their own dimmer). Should I feed each dimmer with a seperate circuit (I have the space) or use 1 circuit for all 8?

 mdlbldrmatt135 08-27-2007 08:12 AM

IIRC it's about 10 lights per 20 amp breaker

The Dimmers have a wattage rating (typ. 600w IIRC)

 JGarth 08-27-2007 08:14 AM

Yes, but he dimmer switch also has a limitation...most are in thre 600 watt range. And you really don't want to max out that switch.

 HouseHelper 08-27-2007 08:28 AM

Use one circuit for all 8. You're talking about less than 5 amps load for 8 lights.

 dcd22 08-27-2007 08:36 AM

Each string (2 string's each with 4 - 65w light's) will be on it's own dimmer (600w rating).

So, if I am reading correst, I can feed each dimmer from 1 - 20amp circuit. Each dimmer will have 4 - 65w can's conected to it.

If I do this, I will be ok?

 JGarth 08-27-2007 08:47 AM

You are NOT reading it correctly...
ONE 20amp ckt is sufficient......

 dcd22 08-27-2007 09:12 AM

I guess the way I was typing it was different then the way it came out but that was my understanding.

I am good now, a single 20amp circuit for 8/9 65w recessed light's (fed by 2 dimmer's) will be sufficient.

Thanks for the info!

 JGarth 08-27-2007 09:16 AM

Kind of...

not fed by two dimmers,

SWITCHED with two different dimmers.

 dcd22 08-27-2007 09:18 AM

I will get the "lingo" right one of these day's!

Thank god someone is doing this for me (friend who is retired electrician)!

I am sure he know's, but not as available as people on these board's and I like knowing myself also.

Thanks again!

 chris75 08-27-2007 05:34 PM

Your allowed 2400 watts on a 20 amp circuit... and you could always buy 1000 watt dimmers if needed...

Personally, I would have saved myself some money and wired everything in 14awg...

And just so your aware, you could have (9) 65watt lamps on a single 600w dimmer...

 chris75 08-27-2007 05:36 PM

Quote:
 Originally Posted by JGarth (Post 59905) Yes, but he dimmer switch also has a limitation...most are in thre 600 watt range. And you really don't want to max out that switch.

If its rated for 600watts what would be the problem in maxing it out?

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