What breaker size is required?
I have three 4' foot florescent lights in line. Is a 20 amp breaker too high for these?
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Depends on where you live. Some electrical codes tell you what the maximum on a lighting breaker size is. So check with your regional code. There is a calculation that you can do to figure out the proper breaker size.
AMPS = WATTS/ VOLTS
what that means is that your total amperage will equal your watts divided by volts. If you want to use a 20 amp breaker, 40 watt light bulb (pretty standard I think) and 120 volt you would figure it out like this...and just to be on the safe side,you want to use only 80% of the breaker capacity.
Amperage (per Light)= 40/120
equals 0.33 amps per light
80% of a 20amp breaker = 16amps
now divide total amps by amps per light
so with a 20 amp breaker you could supply 48 lights with a 40watt light bulbs and still have a 20% safety margin. So there is not really a breaker that is to high, just unnecessary when you only want to put 4 lights on a breaker, go smaller.
Hope this makes sense, good luck.
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