BEEN THERE, DONE THAT

How Many Lights Can I Plug Into This Circuit?

BY STEVEN BRADFORD, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY (SEANET.COM/~BRADFORD

You’re on location, in a house built in the 1940s. But you’re worried about blowing fuses or popping a circuit breaker with the bright and hot lights from the nice Arrilite kit you brought.

You need a way to tell in advance, how to know when the next light you plug in will blow the circuit. You’re not an electrician, you heard there was a formula, by some Ohm guy, but you have no idea what it is.

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No matter—There is a simple way to figure this out, and keep out of hot water (and in the light) with the homeowner. ...

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