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Wiring a 3 bulb lamp

I know this is basic, but I'm not familiar with wiring anything that could potentially burn the house down so I feel its better to ask. I'm wanting to wire up three lights to go over my basement workbench to all work on the same switch. The image shows what I planned to do, was just wondering if there an expert out there who could tell me if this is going to be safe? Would 60 watt bulbs ok?

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looks good to me.
lemonie4 years ago
Looks fine to me, so long as your supply can give you 120-180W and it probably can.

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the wiring is correct

that is 120 watts in total, (watts divided by voltage = amps).

for 110 volts supply that is one amp current.

As long as the switch is rated 5-amps or more, and 110 volts AC you are ok.

In NZ we are on 240 volts it would be half a amp, 240 volts AC.

Have the lights pointed up or down, but never horizontal because they still put out a little heat, which if horizontal could fry the electronics in the base of each bulb
6o watts would be okay, use a reflector too, or ensure you have a white ceiling to throw back the light.

I would use a switched muli point box, with circuit breaker rather than the switch you show, its the one item you might drop a hammer on.
REDnumber5 (author) 4 years ago
Sorry, posted in the wrong forum.