08-01-2013 11:35 PM - edited 08-01-2013 11:35 PM
I am running a bunch of stage lights, foggers, audio gear, etc.
I bought a large bulk lot of 12 gauge extension cords on eBay, so I figure I can use these to run all of my stuff.
Is it safe though to run 12 gauage extension cords to lighting and audio gear that might only be 2 or 3 amps? Can you do any harm running too thick of an extension cord to a low power device? Thanks!
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08-02-2013 05:53 AM
You can not have too thick a cable. Too thin can be a problem.
08-02-2013 10:29 AM
Bill is completely right, no issue with too think an extension cord.
On the other hand, too thin can be a real problem. A good rule of thumb is that if you can feel heat from the extension cord, it is too thin for the length and current draw.
08-02-2013 05:02 PM
Thanks so much guys.
One other question, while we're on the topic of electrical....
My home studio is my basement. Is it safe to leave Furmans and Power Strips plugged in and just switched "off" when not in use? Is there any increase in fire risk of having these still plugged in but not switched on when not in use. Or should I unplug them?
I have a lot of stuff plugged in, so it kind of makes me nervous. Plus some cords lay on the ground and I worry about flooding (since it's a basement). Thanks for everything!
08-02-2013 07:08 PM
If you're worried about flooding than definitely unplug them. Hell, I would get your lights out of there while I was at it.
08-02-2013 08:10 PM
Yeah, I mean. It's never seen a drop of water down there in the 10 years the house has been built. We have flood sensors tied into the alarm system so if any water did arise, I could get to it pretty quickly (hopefully), etc. I am just asking because it's a basement. Though finished and pretty low risk for flooding, I was still wondering.
Overall is it safer to unplug Furmans and Power Strips when not in use (instead of "switching" off) or does it not really matter?
08-02-2013 09:46 PM
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