Who's rewired their house for this hobby?

Holm Tiffe holm at freibergnet.de
Sun Nov 23 15:21:02 CST 2014

Johnny Billquist wrote:

> On 2014-11-23 12:45, tony duell wrote:
> >
> >>>No, instead your table lamp is protected by a 15A breaker in the
> >>>distibution panel. Hmm.. I am told that in some continental
> >>>European countries it's common to have a pair of 16 A (230V)
> >>>outlets protected by a single 32A breaker. And no other protective
> >>>device. So a table lamp is effectively fused at 32A. No thanks.
> >>
> >>No. That's hearsay and forbidden everywhere.
> >
> >I've not seen all the electical regulations for all EU countries... Until 
> >I do I will not be convinced that such
> >wiring doesn't exist anywere..
> >
> >What is the typical German wiring ? A 16A breaker for each outlet?
> Typical is probably 10A. Same in Sweden, and Switzerland (which 
> admittedly is outside the EU).

No. 16A is typical for actual installations. Nevertheless there are 10A and
6A circuit breakers too, but each outlet and each plug is rated 16A.
10A is history.

> You might have several outlets on the same 10A breaker. However, all the 
> wiring can take the full 10A, so there is no possibility of actually 
> draw more than the breaker allows, and no way to have more than 10A 
> flowing through the wires.
> But if your lamp is only designed for 1A, then yes, the house wiring can 
> still deliver 10A to it. How on earth the lamp would be able to draw 
> more than 1A though, would be a mystery.

Even if the lamp is designed to for 1A it's wiring has to be able to
withstand 16A so if a short occurs the fuse is blown with no risk at all.


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