Where to buy 1500 watt single pole switch?

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Old 12-12-07, 07:24 PM
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Where to buy 1500 watt single pole switch?

In my back yard I have three halogen lights at 500 watts each. I noticed that my switch is a regular one (600 watt capacity) so it turns out I am way over wattage.

I have been looking around for a 1500 watt switch but the highest I have found is 1000 watts. Can anyone tell me where to buy one or if one is even made?

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Old 12-12-07, 08:02 PM
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Are you using a dimmer switch? They are usually rated at 600 watts. A standard switch is rated at 15 amps, which would give you about 1800 watts. If you need to switch more power, you could buy a heavy duty switch. You could also use more than one switch or use lower wattage bulbs.
 
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Excellent! I didn't realize that the wattage was different for dimmer switches. I am just using a regular switch no dimmer so it looks like I'm ok.

Thanks for the reply - I will sleep better tonight

ps: I thought it was weird that a 15 amp switch would not handle the same wattage as a 15 amp outlet!
 
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