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Old 27th January 2004, 04:44 PM   #1
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Default Are the electrics safe in my studio?

I have a small studio and I share it with someone else. We are worried that the elecetrics might now be safe because we're overpowering them.

Can anyone tell me what is the maximum wattage you can suck out of one plug socket before it gets dangerous? And what are the dangers?

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Old 27th January 2004, 04:57 PM   #2
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I see you live in EU. Wall outlets are usually fused at 10A but I would not pull more than 6A continuously.

The danger is fire from bad connections, usually the screw in the plug. Make sure the cable ends are not tinned in the plug.
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Old 27th January 2004, 07:05 PM   #3
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okay, thanks. So you don't think it's worth worrying about, essentially?

Someone else told me not to worry unless I was running a huge light show in there! I really have no idea about these things.
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Old 27th January 2004, 10:32 PM   #4
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230V 6A is around 1300W so it should be enough without a lightshow

You can feel the cords, if they become very warm then you are at the limit.
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Old 28th January 2004, 06:00 AM   #5
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You can feel the cords, if they become very warm then you are at the limit.
It's not neccessarily the cords to your kit that will get warm. The connections inside the wall socket or other internal wiring can get warm and cause fires if the circuit is overloaded.

Having said that pulling 6 or even 10 amps from a socket should be safe, all things permitting. If in doubt, speak to an electritian, they should be able to check that all is well.
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