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Experienced Electrician! Here to Answer Any and All Growroom Electrical Questions

Discussion in 'Grow Room Design & Setup' started by bricktown73, Apr 7, 2009.

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    full of purple

    full of purple Well-Known Member

    How do you suggest I wire up my lights?
     
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    OzCocoLoco

    OzCocoLoco Well-Known Member

    I really don’t suggest anyone do any “hard wiring “ of any type unless they are an electrician. Personally I set up individual panels for each room with individual circuits for Lights,inlet/outlet fans,circulation fans and ancillaries like pumps,dehumidifiers etc all with their own din mount timers and contactors as well as all circuits being protected by ELCB or safety switches. I’ve made modular units for people so they can plug the units into their wall outlets and them plug their ballasts and things into one of the modules,you may be able to find someone near you to do something similar for you.
     
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    710revolution

    710revolution Active Member

    Damn bro, you're brave giving some of these people advice. I can just imagine some shit these guys pull. Ive personally cringed looking at a couple of grows, and felt it in my heart to help sort some shit out before they burn the damn house down lol.
     
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    OzCocoLoco

    OzCocoLoco Well-Known Member

    That was where I was going with my advice I definatly don’t encourage d.i.y electrical wiring,that’s why I suggest guys get modular panels made up by a professional or at least someone with a good knowledge and experience,that way you don’t have to have an outsider do all the wiring at your grow spot just need a supply outlet
     
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    GodfatherKCCO

    GodfatherKCCO Well-Known Member

    Great thing you're doing for everybody Brick. I'll be asking questions when I move. I was up there a month ago and didn't really look at the electrical. Pretty sure I'm going to have to change / add some breakers and maybe run some new wiring. I've done it before but an experts opinion is always appreciated. The only things I'm an 'expert' at is steel pole design so I'm not much use to anybody here other than for the occasional grin :D
     
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    oh really???

    oh really??? Well-Known Member

    I'm setting up another grow and just needed to know the AWG for a 12000 watt light controller. The last two I hired a electrician. I have done my research and it seems that #3/0 is the way to go if I'm running 50ft.

    so does #3/0 THHN wire sound good for a 50' run sound right? or can I go with #4/2?
     
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    bobdagrowah

    bobdagrowah Well-Known Member

    Go 3 just to be safe
     
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    firsttimeARE

    firsttimeARE Well-Known Member

    I built out a small closet to dry in during the winter, the issue is no power in there.

    I was planning on running one of those heavy duty meant for outside extension cords into the room and hooking the humidifier up on it. Should be fine. But I also thought I could run clones and veg in there.

    Could I then hook up a power strip to the extension cord and run a 260w light and a 25w pump?
     
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    619kt619

    619kt619 Well-Known Member

    I would not run any kind of lighting in a drying room. Light degrades the quality of the bud.
     
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    firsttimeARE

    firsttimeARE Well-Known Member

    I said i wanna run clones and veg in there when im not drying
     
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    619kt619

    619kt619 Well-Known Member

    Sorry boss must have skimmed through that part, great idea making that space multipurpose. a 12 awg extension cord should be able to handle a 15 amp load. But I am pretty sure you won't even get close to that load running leds and a fan for circulation. You can load a 20 amp circuit with 1800 watts at 120 volts, or 1440 watts on a 15 amp circuit. Just check the cord temperature and make sure it doesn't get too hot. If it does you need to up the awg of the cord
     
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    firsttimeARE

    firsttimeARE Well-Known Member

    Just wasnt sure if it was ok plugging a powerstrip into an extension cord
     
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    619kt619

    619kt619 Well-Known Member

    make sure the power strip can handle the load. Don't use a cheap power strip, but you don't need to spend a lot of money. 35-80 bucks for a decent one and most come with equipment coverage in the 10 K -50 K range
     
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    GodfatherKCCO

    GodfatherKCCO Well-Known Member

    If I considered going solar what would it take to run 5 LED lights that are rated at 150W?
     
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    cat of curiosity

    cat of curiosity Well-Known Member

    batteries
     
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    GodfatherKCCO

    GodfatherKCCO Well-Known Member

    LOL. If I could keep any around this place. They have a mysterious habit of 'disappearing' I'm going to have to keep a closer eye on my wife ;)
     
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    rkymtnman

    rkymtnman Well-Known Member

    i think cat is talking about storage batteries, not batteries for the rabbit vibe. lol.
     
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    GodfatherKCCO

    GodfatherKCCO Well-Known Member

    LOL... just trying to introduce a bit of levity from time to time brother. That said I need to go get some double A's again. JESUS!!!
     
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    rkymtnman

    rkymtnman Well-Known Member

    wifey has upgraded to rechargeable penis replacements around here. now the AA's are just for tv remotes. lol
     
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    cat of curiosity

    cat of curiosity Well-Known Member

    USBenis... soon sloppy human sex will be obsolete...human sex will be obsolete...
     
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