have a 1600 sqft basement unfished now but going to finish, looking at having a large living room, with kitchen (fridge, micro, dishwasher, maybe elec. stove.
1 or 2 bedroom, small bathroom with shower, hallway, and of course the existing utility area along with a storage room.
home is only 5 years old, have a 200 amp panel now, my main question is how do you know what size of sub panel you can put in, is there a limit, i know i dont want to trip my main 200, or the new ?? subpanel, but can you put in a 100amp sub panel or 75 or 50, are there guidlines to max size of subpanel you can put in, im guessing at this point the new panel might have 6 or 7 circuites, 20 amps for bathroom, kitchen and entertainment area of living room and 15 amps for the rest possibly, thinking one 15 amp circuit might be enough for all lights in basement since we use all cfl's, not sure if putting in can lights in the living room as it might take around 10 or so, didnt really calculate that but not sure that is the most cost effective route to go,
on the main panel, just so we know i do have a dual 30/20 amp breaker running 220 out to a sub panel outside for the hottub.
how does one know if they have enough power in their main panel to support their new addition (finishing of the basement) and what size sub panel they can legally/should go with?
1 or 2 bedroom, small bathroom with shower, hallway, and of course the existing utility area along with a storage room.
home is only 5 years old, have a 200 amp panel now, my main question is how do you know what size of sub panel you can put in, is there a limit, i know i dont want to trip my main 200, or the new ?? subpanel, but can you put in a 100amp sub panel or 75 or 50, are there guidlines to max size of subpanel you can put in, im guessing at this point the new panel might have 6 or 7 circuites, 20 amps for bathroom, kitchen and entertainment area of living room and 15 amps for the rest possibly, thinking one 15 amp circuit might be enough for all lights in basement since we use all cfl's, not sure if putting in can lights in the living room as it might take around 10 or so, didnt really calculate that but not sure that is the most cost effective route to go,
on the main panel, just so we know i do have a dual 30/20 amp breaker running 220 out to a sub panel outside for the hottub.
how does one know if they have enough power in their main panel to support their new addition (finishing of the basement) and what size sub panel they can legally/should go with?
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