Wiring two A/C "circuits" in parallel for stage lighting

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by danielson, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. danielson

    Thread Starter New Member

    Aug 16, 2012
    My theatre has 1,000W lamps for our instruments we cannot use right now. Our dimmer packs which independently adjust single phase voltages to 4 different "channels" a piece can only handle around 700W per channel (fused).

    I was wondering if it was possible, and safe, to wire two of the channels together in parallel in order to be able to supply the needed current to power our 1,000W lamps?
  2. ErnieM

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 24, 2011
    No. Do NOT wire two dimmers together.

    The best outcome to expect is to just blow the fuses.
  3. #12


    Nov 30, 2010
    More likely to work is to put 2 lamps in series. Less light, but it's any light at all, and it is dimmable.

    Another approch is to buy 500 watt lamps, one per channel.

    There just isn't an excellent answer to, "How to use the wrong equipment".
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