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I have 200 amp service at my house with 16 open breakers. I am looking at getting a 16 or 32 channel LOR. Sould I run many seperate 15 amp outlets???

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I have 200 amp service at my house with 16 open breakers. I am looking at getting a 16 or 32 channel LOR. Sould I run many seperate 15 amp outlets???

I would not do any 15 am circuits. I would make them all 20 amp. The cost difference is negligible. Why limit yourself?

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I ran new service this year and definatly run 20 amp service. You may not ever push the LOR to full capacity for the whole 20 amps but better safe than sorry. For 32 channels you will need 4 circuits (1 cicuit per 8 channels), for 16 you will need two. I ran enough cirsuits to not only run my LOR but also my static. If you can afford to run 1-2 extra circuits that way you are ready for the future.

Also, assuming your box is in your basement or inside somewhere you can save money by using indoor wire, running it through the house and then convert to the outdoor wire via a junction box. There is a big price difference between indoor 12/3 and outdoor 12/3.

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I agree with the previous posts on running 20 amp circuits when possible. If you haven't purchased any romex in thelast few years, be prepared for a case of sticker-shock due to the dramatic increase in the cost of copper. Additionally you'll probablyspend20-30% more for 12 guage romexversus 14 guage. Finally, you shoulduseGFCI outlets for each of the circuits.

Mark

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I cannot speak on the LOR situation, but this year I tried to do a quick fix and thought I would be ok, but I was not. I added 1 20amp circuit and put 3 outlet boxes outside where I could plug in my lights. i thought that would be enough, but it wasnt. What I wish I would have done (and this is my advise to you), make each outlet its own circuit. This way you maximize the available power at each outlet. You may want to consult with an electrician - because if you have 200 amp service and you plug 200 amps worth of lights into your new circuits, the rest of your house may be affected - not too sure on that.

I would definitely go with 20 amps rather than 15. according to my math, a 20 amp circuit can carry about 12 more strands of mini 100s than the 15 amp circuit. In that I have assumed using 80% of the available amps (which is the recommendation elsewhere in PC)and .34amps/strand. Either way you go it will be the same amount of work running wire etc, so you might as well go with the higher amps.

Good Luck

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Ok Here is my question i plan on upgrading this summer to 64 channels. i use AL 16 channel boxes that say you should plug them into 2 seperate plugs ( not on the same fuse ) so then with this in mind shoud i be adding 8 new 20 amp brakers with 8 seperat GFI plugs

thanks in advance

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So here is a question for you. My fuse bof is in my basement and I will running 4 seperate 20amp runs. Do I mount my LOR box inside the house or outside? Does anuone have any pictures of how this is setup.

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So here is a question for you. My fuse bof is in my basement and I will running 4 seperate 20amp runs. Do I mount my LOR box inside the house or outside? Does anuone have any pictures of how this is setup.

It's going to be a personal preference. Some mount theirs outside to reduce the amount of extension cords. Others mount inside for the added safety and security.

You'll have to decide which is more important to you.

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djlink wrote:

So here is a question for you. My fuse bof is in my basement and I will running 4 seperate 20amp runs. Do I mount my LOR box inside the house or outside? Does anuone have any pictures of how this is setup.

If you mount them in the basement you are going to have to run a ton of extension cords outside.

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