3-way lighting circuits


Old 01-15-04, 02:07 PM
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3-way lighting circuits

I presently have a 3-way circuit with 2 light fixtures in a long, dark hallway. The circuit is 20 amps.

Question: What is, or how do I determine, the maximum number of lights I can put on the 3-way circuit? Ideally I would like to increase it to 6 recessed lights with 65 watt reflector-flood bulbs. Is it correct to assume (big stretch here) that so long as the estimated amperage/wattage draw is less than the 20 amp circuit it is safe?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Old 01-15-04, 02:13 PM
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You need to determine what else is on the same circuit. Turn the breaker off and then go around the entire house determining what outlets and devices are on the circuit.

Better yet, do this with every circuit breaker in your panel. You should be able to quickly turn off the breaker feeding any device in your house.

Once you know what outlets and fixtures are on the same circuit you can decide if the circuit is capable of handling the additional load.
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6 time 65 watts is only 390 watts. That should not be a problem on any circuit. A 20 amp circuit is 2400 watts.

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