Electrical Wiring Question

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  1. Mike Ki

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    Not sure how to wire this so hopefully someone can help me. I'm running a separate circuit from the control panel to the component closet, and then to a plug in the ceiling for the projector. My question is, for the component closet, do I just put in one receptacle and then plug in a power surge protector to it, and run my components from it. Or do I wire 4 or 5 receptacles in the closet, then put some type of power surge protector on them.
    Thanks Mike
     
  2. Armando Zamora

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    I would go with one receptacle and a very good surge protector/UPS and maybe a line conditioner. I'm not 100% sure, but most UPS/surge protectors also provide protection against surges in other sources that you may have coming into your equipment such as DBS, cable, and telephone lines. I haven't seen any electrical receptacles that provide that kind of feature. I'm speculating that if they did exist that they would not be cheap.

    I would imagine that regardless of the route you go, i.e., multiple receptacles or single receptacle and surge protector, the load on the circuit will be the same, which is important so that you don't risk overloading it and blowing or tripping the breaker. However, it looks like you've got that covered as your running a single, isolated circuit for your HT.

    Disclaimer - I'm not an electrician or HT specialist. I'm just a DYIer who has toyed with electrical wiring in the past. [​IMG]

    You may want to ask to have this thread moved to the HT construction section of the forum since your topic is more fitting for that section. You may get better feedback by doing so.
     
  3. SethH

    SethH Cinematographer

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    Well, as long as you stay under 15 amps just go with one plug and surge protector. Most surge protectors are only rated for 15 amps while I bet your new circuit is probably 20, but I guess even with putting only one outlet you could always use the other plug on the outlet if you need more than 15.
     
  4. Grant B

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    There might be things like a light that you do not care to put on the surge protector.
    You might need an outlet for a drill or other tool too.
    Consider that before you put one outlet
     

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