Dedicated Christmas Circuit

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Dedicated Christmas Circuit

I am finishing my basement, and while doing that I'm wanting to add a dedicated Christmas light circuit(s) so I no long have to have cords go across my sidewalk. We put a decent amount of lights, along the roof, bushes and tree.

My questions are, what do I need to know to determine how many outlets I should install? Should I install more than one circuit?
 
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Old 10-01-13, 10:29 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

The amount of circuits depends on the amount of load. For example.... a 15A circuit will supply enough power to run approx. 1500 watts of lights. You can install several weatherproof receptacles on a single circuit. At least the first receptacle on each circuit needs to be a GFI type.

LED strings use less than 10-20 watts per string
Mini lights are probably around 50 watts per string.
 
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Old 10-01-13, 10:31 AM
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Put each receptacle on a dedicated GFCI breaker. (use a GFCI breaker rather than an outlet so you're not climing up on the roof when it trips)

Put one receptacle every 75 feet of roofline, and usually on either side of the doors is sufficient.
 
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Thanks for the welcome, and the great information! This site seems like a wealth of information, wish I had found it LONG ago!
 
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Old 10-01-13, 08:12 PM
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Thanks for the welcome, and the great information! This site seems like a wealth of information, wish I had found it LONG ago!
Justin is the resident Christmas light expert, follow his advice on this one.
 
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