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figure out your load before switching

Posted by jim on February 4th, 2003 01:12 PM
In reply to breaker-breaker by Paul in Md on February 3rd, 2003 10:02 AM [Go to top of thread]

some older homes were wired with more receptacles and lights on a single branch circuit than todays homes. You should figure your load first by locating the number of receptacles and light fixtures that are on the circuit. figure each receptacle as one amp and figure the lights by the maximum size bulb allowed. a single 100 watt bulb will pull .83 amps. You can figure this by dividing the wattage of the bulb by the voltage of the circuit. 100W/120V. then add all your amps to find a total. if the total amperage exceeds 12 amps ( 80% load of a 15 amp breaker ) do not switch to the smaller breaker. hope this helps

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