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HT Electric Power

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Peter P, Apr 5, 2004.

  1. Peter P

    Peter P Auditioning

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    I've seen a lot written about connecting components, but I can't find anything that says how many amps and how many outlets I will need for my HT to be safe if and when I expand. I'm asking about the audio and video requirements. Obviously, room lighting and accessories will vary.
     
  2. Brad E

    Brad E Second Unit

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    I don't think there is a lot written on the topic because it really isn't much of an issue. I don't know of anyone who has tripped a breaker using their HT. I'm sure it happens, but probably when the HT is plugged into a circuit that is already overloaded.
    Having said that, I am in the process of finishing my basement and building a dedicated theater room. I wired it so that my HT is running on it's own circuit just to be sure I don't run into any problems.

    Currently all of my components are plugged into a circuit that also powers the lighting in the room and whatever else happens to be plugged in at the time. Never had a problem.
     
  3. Frank Zimkas

    Frank Zimkas Supporting Actor

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    I single dedicated 20 amp outlet will be plenty.
     
  4. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    Peter,

    It's hard to be specific since you didn't tell us anything about your system or equipment, or how large you expect to expand it to.

    As Frank noted, usually a single circuit is sufficient. However, if you’re talking about a high-performance system with multiple power amps and subs, a second circuit may not be a bad idea. Some people like to use a separate circuit for video equipment – projectors, TVs.

    You can put as many outlets as you need on the dedicated circuit, but check your local code for requirements. Typically most will be located near the equipment; it’s a good idea to also put one near the sub location, too.

    Regards,
    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
     

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