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Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by Radman, May 17, 2004.

  1. Radman

    Radman Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering if you need to be a licensed electrician to hardwire in a small dimmer pack.
     
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    Les Well-Known Member

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    Not necessarily, but you may want to check your local electrical codes and obtain a permit if necessary. You may want to have a liscensed electrician inspect it after the work is done, but before you power it up.
     
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    That's what I thought. Small dimmer pack being an old strand cd80 pack
    figure if ya can wire a house, ya cn wr cd80

    I got really lazy really fast for a second!
     
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    If you are talking about wiring into a distribution pannel with bare wire or camlock connectors, then no you dont have to be a licensed electrician, but it does (at least in maryland) have to be inspected by an electrician. I would highly suggest getting one to do it though... most of those distros are 100 - 200 Amps at 120v... thats a hell of a shock if you screw up... doing the math thats up to 24,000 watts. a normal electrical socket only is 2,400 watts. Just a thought.
     
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    Your house has 15 - 20 amps max at am outlet. It also doesn't have things like camlocks or three phase or a distro box, or anything fancy like that.

    A CD80 rack can have a max of 800 Amps of service, I believe. That will kill you the first time. If you don't know what you're doing, find someone that does. The ability to wire a room in a house does not imply that you know how to deal with the kind of power running a dimmer rack.
     

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