How to Add Lighting to a Garage Pole Barn How to Add Lighting to a Garage Pole Barn

What You'll Need
Existing set up or breaker
Splicer
Wire cables
Shovel
Copper conductors

A garage pole barn is something that a lot of people have because of its many advantages. These barns are very inexpensive to build, do not take a lot of equipment and most importantly, can actually be built in just one day. Having a garage pole barn is a great way for you to be able to expand your workplace. Pole barns are extremely simple and nice to have around. Some may eventually want to add lighting for their garage pole barn just to make it easier to use no matter what time of day or night it is. Adding lighting to your garage pole barn is not too difficult of a task as long as you have some knowledge of wiring.

Step 1 – Feeders

You will need to make sure that the feeders that you end up using are connected to your main panel. This is something that is only going to go at the meter if they are downstream. This will work if you happen to have a 200 amp main breaker in this area. Make sure that you know what size amp main breaker that you have so that you can figure out the correct sizes that you will need for everything.

Step 2 – Splice

Just about any wire that there is can be spliced. This is not something that you will need to worry about. If you are working with underground splices, then they are going to require some extra attention. They can be problematic because they can easily become damaged. If you can help it, try to avoid any underground splices while you are wiring your garage pole barn. This will help to make the project go along a lot easier.

Step 3 – Subpanels

You are going to need to make sure that you use all of your wire cables so that you can feed all of the subpanels. You are going to need to keep in mind that there are going to be special connections for the grounding and the neutral subpanels.

Step 4 – Digging

You are going to need to dig a ditch that goes from the breaker all the way to your garage pole barn. This is where you will have the wires go that connect the barn to the breaker. It is usually a good idea to have the ditch be a couple of feet deep. The width of the ditch won’t be as important as you will only be putting wires into it.

Step 5 – Wire Size

You will need to understand that the wire size is going to depend on the size of your feeder breaker that is going to be in your main panel. This means that if you feed your sub from a 50 amp breaker that the copper conductors that you will need will be 2 #10 and 2 #8. Or a 60 amp breaker, you are going to need 1 #8 and 2 #6. 

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