Lighting Rig involving 100 bulbs
Posted 10 January 2011 - 04:59 PM
I'm thinking of using 60w squirrel cage bulbs. I was wondering were I could get sockets that could easily attach to the cord as in the photo; also any logistical advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
Posted 10 January 2011 - 05:45 PM
If you're going to make them yourself keep in mind the costs are going to mount up, as well as the time required to build it.
The standard quick on socket would be the eagle medium base socket
You are supposed to be able to place the wire and twist and the spikes should pierce the wire perfectly. Often they don't, so it's a good idea to have a voltmeter and check them. Fortunately they can't really short out so you should be safe even if the points don't line up perfectly.
I recommend not using zip cord (18 gauge) as it has a very high resistance - you'd be safer at 12 or 14 gauge.
Don't over-amp the cable - I'd probably stick with no more than 20 globes a strand (20 x 60w = 1200w) and give you roughly 10 amps a strand which leaves plenty of headroom.
Close off the exposed ends with electrical tape so you don't get bit.
Remember it's going to get pretty damn hot in there when you're burning 100 60 watt globes.
Have fun and be careful.
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