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#1 HeadsUp

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 17:31

Hi all, I'm trying to run an extension cord to a warehouse on my property that has no power, if I wanted to power it from the house, what gauge cord would I need to run 15 1000 watt lights plus a few other things?




#2 shozilla

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 17:33

No no no!

 

Contact electrician!

 

They can run the lines from the pole to your warehouse and they can link electricity account to your home account if you want or you can use 2 accounts..



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Posted 29 March 2014 - 17:34

I'm not an electrician but I first thought you were joking when you said 15 1000w lights off one extension lead.

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 17:42

15 x 1000W lights?  in a warehouse?    am i the only one thinking it is a grow-op?  possible reason not to call electrician then.   though none of easily available extention cords will be able to handle to load... as far as i know.

 

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 17:44

you don't want to do this

 

no extension cord could handle 15,000 watts

 

you need to hire a electrician



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Posted 29 March 2014 - 17:44

 

15 x 1000W lights?  in a warehouse?    am i the only one thinking it is a grow-op?  possible reason not to call electrician then.

 

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^ lol



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Posted 29 March 2014 - 17:47

15 x 1000W lights? in a warehouse? am i the only one thinking it is a grow-op? possible reason not to call electrician then. though none of easily available extention cords will be able to handle to load... as far as i know.

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I thought this also.

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 17:50

ok, just saw he is starting up a recycling farm business :)  according to the logo he requested.

 

 

Call an electrician!  Running it from the house is a bad bad idea.



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Posted 29 March 2014 - 17:55

For crying out loud, why do people even have these thoughts?  This is how fires start.

 

Call an electrician.  Do NOT use a power cord.



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Posted 29 March 2014 - 17:57

 

Call an electrician!  Running it from the house is a bad bad idea.

 

That's right...  run the line from the house could catch on fire in no time since the cord will run very hot if you run too many lights and stuff from the cord.



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Posted 29 March 2014 - 18:00

That's right... run the line from the house could catch on fire in no time since the cord will run very hot if you run too many lights and stuff from the cord.


I doubt any 16amp breaker would even stay open.

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 18:04

I doubt any 16amp breaker would even stay open.

 

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 18:10

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yeah, pretty much.     the breaker will not just trip and cut of power..  it will most likely melt down with sparks and smoke.     i have seen it happen. 

 

 

 

 

electricity is one of the things that is very hard to predict and understand.   even an extension cord rolled up in a circle creates a coil and can cause all kinds of problems.

 

running at 10-20 times the capacity is unpredictable.



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Posted 29 March 2014 - 18:26

15,000 watts with an extension cord, oh my god. Are you sure you didn't mean 15 100 watt lights? because that's doable.

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 18:47

15,000 watts with an extension cord, oh my god. Are you sure you didn't mean 15 100 watt lights? because that's doable.

 

No, we have 1,000 watt bulbs like this:

 

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Which can be used in the warehouse or company depends on what they are using them for.