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Hello all -

I am planning on getting into the world of Christmas lights this year and am debating on if I'll have enough juice to do what I want. I really want to start with a 16 channel system from LOR and move up from there (gotta start small to keep the wife acceptance factor in check!).

I have an all-electric house with 200a service, but only a 20 breaker panel. Before I spend the bucks to get an electrician out, I wanted to check with those more experience than I if I'm going to be okay or not.

I've attached (if it worked) an image of what's in my current panel. If I were to get an electrician out to install a sub panel, can I even do it?

Thanks in advance!

Jacob

PS - if the image doesn't embed, here's a link to it: http://gallery.mac.com/jacobcaz#100033 or

http://gallery.mac.com/jacobcaz/100033/Breaker-20Layout/web.jpg

A 200a panel is plenty of juice to get started

I did a whole house calc & MAX if everything was on would be around 155a. Electric stove, dryer, hot water, steam shower, hot tub, jacuzzi bathtub

When I started to rewire my house I looked at LONG term needs, not just what I need 1st year. 1st off was a 100a sub 3' to the left of the Main panel. Even with a 40 space panel I knew I would run out. Main panel ended up being replaced due to corrosion & water leaking in thru the main feed wires

To the right are (3) 40a timers that can control 6 circuits, each fed with a 20a 240v breaker. Another board has been added to the right of the timers that can hold (12) blank face GFCI's. 3 are installed for (3) 20a buried circuits along the front walk/lawn, these are on/off by the timers

I am still a static display. The old 200a panel will go in the garage as another 100a sub panel for Christmas decorations & garage power

I would have 100a sub installed, you are basically out of space. I'd move #1 & #3 to the sub & power the sub with a 100a breaker in those positions. This will give you plenty of space for any future needs

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What is a blank-face GFCI? Does that go in the box, or outside?

Off topic - but is that a FiOS box on the right? It's huge!

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oh and i noticed the panel tyson posted is in no way balanced side to side!

A comment on panels like the one pictured:

Despite the fact that the panel pictured has two poles and also has two rows of breakers, there's no need to balance loads between the two sides of the panel. Both legs of the service are routed to both sides of the panel, otherwise you wouldn't be able to use dual breakers for 240V loads. Even if you put all of the breakers on the same side of the panel, the load would still be distributed to both legs of the service.

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What is a blank-face GFCI? Does that go in the box, or outside?

Off topic - but is that a FiOS box on the right? It's huge!

That looks like the new 'Just Inside' ONT that Verizon is now using.

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A 40 amp circuit 'to plug the LOR into' is probably a bad idea. In a 40 amp circuit, every component needs to be rated for 40 amps. I'm not saying it can't be done, but finding 40 amp plugs and sockets may be challanging and expensive. 50 amp plugs and sockets are available at Home Depot, etc, although if I were to use them, I'd use 50 amp wires. That way, if someday someone plugs in a 50 amp load, the 40 amp breaker would trip with no risk of the wires heating up enough to be dangerous.

Best would probably be to run 2 20 amp circuits to the LOR, with 20 amp sockets and 20 amp cords from the LOR. Now each side of the LOR is fully powered, and you won't be able to overload anything without really working at it.

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What is a blank-face GFCI? Does that go in the box, or outside?

Off topic - but is that a FiOS box on the right? It's huge!

A blank face GFCI is almost the same as a normal GFCI except for that it does not have any outlets on it. We put 10 of these in our new home in the garage. That way we could keep all the exterior GFCI's in one common area and still have all the dedicated exterior outlets placed where ever we wanted them. The ones that will be a huge help are the four GFCI's that are for outlets on the roof. If we have any problems on the roof I will know why just by going in the garage and not up on the roof of the house.

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What is a blank-face GFCI? Does that go in the box, or outside?

Off topic - but is that a FiOS box on the right? It's huge!

Yes that's the FIOS box. I was urprised at how big it is. It has a UPS built in

In my 2nd picture the white faceplates with the black squares show blank face GFCI's. They go in a normal electric box. I prefer to have all of my GFCI's inside out of the weather. That way I can reset itme sfrom the nice dry basement. I bought 20 of them for $2 each, so far I've only used (4). They only have the reset & test trip button & a fault LED.

When I buy a regular GFCI I spend a little more & buy one that has the green LED to indicate power is on

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I bought 20 of them for $2 each

Boy,.... where can I get that deal?

Leon

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Boy,.... where can I get that deal?

Leon

Yup, that's where I bought mine too

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