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Electrical Help!

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Well, the 2009 season is upon us. It's usually around July that I start thinking about the big day, and this year is no different.

This is a problem, though, that has been plaguing me since H'ween 2008. Last year was our first year in the current house, and we ran into a problem. I'm hoping that someone here will have a relatively simple fix to the challenge at hand.

It seems that all of our outdoor outlets (the garage, the front porch, and the deck in the back yard) are all on the same circuit. Where it gets interesting is if you go to the basement and check out the breaker box - the circuit comes off the box and goes directly into a GCFI, then splits off to the various external outlets.

The result? You guessed it. I can run 4 flood lights and a fogger before tripping the GCFI, and leaving the entire haunt in the dark. This year I've got three 400W foggers, and I have decided that I definitely need more lighting - preferably more task oriented fixtures to focus on individual props.

Does anyone have any creative ideas on how to remedy my dilemma? I don't particularly want to bring an electrician in to wire a dedicated Halloween circuit, but I'm a visual geek and I need my lighting!

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Do you have 200 amp service....if not, get it

Do you have extra slots available on your breaker panel, if not, replace the panel or install a subpanel for outdoor lighting.

I upped my house to 200 Amps last year and had a new panel installed. It wasn't cheap, but it's well worth it. And if you decide to sell your house, you'll recoup that investment.

After the new panel was installed, I installed four switches behind my front door that ran to four seperate boxes that I installed under the eaves. One on the side of the house, on in the back and two in the front. Each box has four outlets....it works great for Halloween and Christmas. No running around plugging things in or remembering to unplug things at the end of the night...just a flip of the switch. And the switches offer a year round benefit, as I was able to light up my little patio out front and around my deck out back.

There's ways to cut the power you use, but we're talking Halloween here and that's all about going overboard
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