Proper extension cord
Posted 28 June 2008 - 01:44 PM
I've heard it is wise to use solid cables for the lights, just not sure what "solid" means. Also, is there a place (home depot/lowes) that would sell these locally?
Posted 29 June 2008 - 04:59 PM
Posted 29 June 2008 - 10:24 PM
For lights up to 1k, your basic extention cords found at any hardware store should be fine. Anything over 1k, it's a good idea to find some higher amperage and wider gauge cords.
Posted 30 June 2008 - 12:17 AM
A good idea and one step closer to proper would be to buy an extension cord with a black jacket because nothing screams amateur louder than cable with an orange jacket, except for the possibility of gardening gloves. It also has the added benefit of being easier to hide. If you wanted to go all out you could buy some 12/3 SJO cable and Hubbell connectors and make your own. They would be more expensive but a lot easier to handle.
Posted 30 June 2008 - 08:42 AM
Posted 30 June 2008 - 12:36 PM
There are no solid wire cables. There's Romex, which is used for wiring buildings. It's way too stiff, and would fail quickly from metal fatigue if you tried to use it as an extension. So, drop that one in the bogus nonsense file....
Just wondering what to look for when buying extension cables to be used with fresnel fixtures.
I've heard it is wise to use solid cables for the lights, just not sure what "solid" means.
What you want to look at is the gauge of the wire. Little numbers mean big wire, and vice versa. What you need to avoid is putting too much load on too small a wire. That'll give you voltage drop, which dims your lights and effs with the color, and in extreme cases, can dangerously overheat the cable.
Top of the head rule of thumb for wire gauges (somebody else will probably look up the official table):
AWG #10 3000 W
AWG #12 2000 W
AWG #14 1500 W
AWG #16 1000 W
Posted 30 June 2008 - 01:27 PM
Posted 30 June 2008 - 02:10 PM
Learning the math and hardware of juice is a pain in the butt. But, you'll be better off for learning it. It's not just a matter of safety, knowing juice let's you get away with stuff that's non-standard and cheaper. I'm not advocating that you do stupid things. It's just that you should know what the heck you're doing. It is the better way to go. Electricity can be your friend but it can far more easily become your mortal enemy. Learn juice.
Could anyone recomend a good book on 'juice'?