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    Unhappy wife's hair dryer and my display

    I have found out from previous years that the wife is not happy when I place enough lights on an outside plug, that is part of the the bathroom circuit that she uses. Would trip a breaker when she turned on her hair dryer.
    Was looking at the electrical info on the side of her hair dryer. It read 1875 watts, which by what I understand watt/voltage=amps, would be about 15 amps.
    1875/120=15.6 amps. surely that can't be right!!!!! If so, I have lost that source of power.


    Am I correct in calculating the power used by the hair dryer?

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    Default Re: wife's hair dryer and my display

    you are correct.. that does sound really high though. I have been through many Christmas' where the mother and sis turned on hair dryers and poof out goes the lights.

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    Default Re: wife's hair dryer and my display

    I have the same issue, Our bathroom lights flicker to the beat of the music.
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    Have experienced this problem as well in the early years of my display living with my mom and sister. I grabbed a spare extension cord and it ran across the floor to another plug in the bedroom that was not on the outside breaker, easy fix
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    Quote Originally Posted by bert-nc View Post
    I have found out from previous years that the wife is not happy when I place enough lights on an outside plug, that is part of the the bathroom circuit that she uses. Would trip a breaker when she turned on her hair dryer.
    Was looking at the electrical info on the side of her hair dryer. It read 1875 watts, which by what I understand watt/voltage=amps, would be about 15 amps.
    1875/120=15.6 amps. surely that can't be right!!!!! If so, I have lost that source of power.


    Am I correct in calculating the power used by the hair dryer?

    bert-nc
    Actually it is 15.625 amps at 120 volts.

    You need to explain to the "wife unit" that hair dryers, curling irons and other bathroom appliances CAN NOT be used during the display season.

    And that that is your FINAL decision.
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    I also had this problem in the past, wife turn on the hair dryer and 1/4 of the display goes dead.
    I replaced her regular hair dryer with a LED hair dryer and have not had any more problems since.
    And on the 8th day, God created Christmas lights.

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    See, I've been telling you folks that LEDs are better!, even if it is a LED hairdryer.
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    Brad,

    Is that what happened to Tara? Love it!
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    lol I will never tell.. The body hasn't been found yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by victory402 View Post
    I have the same issue, Our bathroom lights flicker to the beat of the music.
    Nope that is a totally different beast. It is a subharmonic and will run around your house's wiring unless you have this really expensive thing that is used in industrial power called a power factor correction cap. I'll bet most people have this when the switching is fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al in Raleigh View Post
    It is a subharmonic and will run around your house's wiring unless you have this really expensive thing that is used in industrial power called a power factor correction cap. I'll bet most people have this when the switching is fast.
    A flux capacitor and LED lights will also solve this problem, much less expensive than Al's "Power Factor Correction Cap"
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    Just add on a separate sub-panel with 6 dedicated circuits just for Christmas as I did. Then you wife won't throw things as you when the hairdryer / heater/ curling iron goes out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al in Raleigh View Post
    Nope that is a totally different beast. It is a subharmonic and will run around your house's wiring unless you have this really expensive thing that is used in industrial power called a power factor correction cap. I'll bet most people have this when the switching is fast.
    If you think of it while your display is running go put your ear up to your electrical panel, I use (3) 20 amp breakers and (3) 15 amp breakers for the show and I can usually pick up the beat to whatever song is running at that time. I imagine those heavy into the LED's (John) probably wouldnt have the effect as much as I do with 90% incandescents in use.
    And on the 8th day, God created Christmas lights.

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