lamp indicator for live circuit


Old 10-29-19, 11:51 AM
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lamp indicator for live circuit

Im thinking of keeping a small light bulb plugged into the same dedicated outlet as a sump pump as an indicator that the circuit has power.

Is the risk of the lamp blowing and tripping a breaker worth the reward of knowing the circuit is live?

I dont want to rewire it with a pilot light, just a simple light will do.
Old 10-29-19, 12:16 PM
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Have you ever had a light bulb burn out and trip the circuit breaker?

I would use some LED light. It won't take much power and it can run for a really long time without burning out.
Old 10-29-19, 12:37 PM
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An alternative is to plug the sump pump into an outlet fitted with an inexpensive audible alert for power loss.
Old 10-29-19, 12:44 PM
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EL panels are arguably even more reliable than LED's. Even less current too.
They do need a dark basement to be visible across the room though.

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