A question for the electricians out there...

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Patrick.C, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. Patrick.C

    Patrick.C Second Unit

    Jul 6, 2004
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    I didn't have enough empty slots left in my main box to power my basement, so I installed a sub panel last night. My question has to do with what size breaker and wire to run to the sub panel. I have a Cutler Hammer CH-type main panel and the largest 220 breaker that Home Depot carries is 60 amp. The largest 4 conductor wire they carry is 6 gauge. So that limits me to a 50 amp breaker. Here is what I'll be running off the panel:

    65" RPTV
    Amp, DVD player, VCR, cable box
    9 arcade video games (between 2 and 3 amps each?)
    11 65 watt can lights
    12 45 watt can lights
    mini fridge
    sump pump/grinder

    Will 50 amps of service cut it? I'm sure I could carry the home theater gear and lighting, but I'm concerned with what would happen when I fire up the arcade games.

  2. MikeTC

    MikeTC Stunt Coordinator

    Aug 3, 2000
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    50 amp is plenty, chances are that not all devices will be on at once even the arcade stuff.

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