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    I am finally setting up a permanent darkroom at home. Power is existing duplex outlets plus 220V 30Amp (workshop is 220V 60Amp) which will give an additional 48 items and keep to building code. Then there are power bars. Lamp sockets are available with an insulator built in to the cord for the switch. A couple of dimmer switches are also a good idea. Running expensive bulbs at 90% of rated voltage probably at least doubles their life without too much change in colour. GFCI protection is totally necessary.
    Richard

    Why are there no speaker jacks on a stereo camera?

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    You can never have (in the darkroom):

    Too larger of a darkroom
    Too much counter space
    Too large of a sink
    Too many cabinets
    Too many outlets
    Too much cold storage
    Too much time


    Like everything else, it is all a matter of two factors:

    Time and Money. These are the two limiting factors, be it a darkroom, a house, any type of project. The general rule I use for capacity planning is:

    Estimate what you will need in 5 years, then double it. If it is something that is rapidly consumed/allocated then triple or quadruple it. This is your starting point. Now you can start cutting it down to fit within the time and money constraints.

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    A dream darkroom of modest size:

    2 regular safelights
    1 dbi safelight
    1 bright print inspection light by fix
    2 timers over the sink
    2 timers for contact printer - 1 blue one green
    2 enlarger outlets
    1 for flashing
    1 for radio
    1 for frig
    2 white lights for general illumination
    That's 15

    minimum of 20% extra just in case makes 18

    Best,

    C

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    I'm with Davied Brown on this. Remember no matter how many you have the lead on the equipment is too short to reach. Good luck with the venture.
    Regards Dave.

    An English Eye


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    outlets

    Most advice given is right on - I'll add from my own experience. Add up how many outlets you think you need and at least double it. After building my darkroom, I ended up adding a power strip and a quad outlet on the dry side counter top and even that is occasionally full. Here's what I have plugged in on my dry side:
    Enlarger #1
    Enlarger #2 - 2 outlets
    Timer
    Contact printing light for azo
    2 safelights
    undercabinet light
    stereo
    battery charger
    tacking iron
    drymount press
    2 task lights
    densitometer
    fan
    microwave for drying prints
    small portable baseboard heater
    Thats 18 outlets on just the dry side!

    Sink area has:
    inspection light
    safelight
    outlet for motorbase.

    They add up quicker that you think.
    Have at least 3 separate circuits as well - the heat generating devices draw a lot of current. My dry mount press is on it's own circuit as well.
    Tim

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    paul

    you might consider outlets every 2 or 3 feet ( if you are putting them in yourself )
    have the last one in "the string" should always be ground faulted ( GFI ) ...
    or a two or 4 "gang plugs" that each have a handful of outlets if you are not installing them yourself.
    (you still want a GFI plug.)

    electricians charge a small fortune / plug ( as high as 100$ / each ).

    i couldn't afford to hire an electrican to do everything ( he checked my work and hook me to the power box ) ...
    they sell how-too books at the home stores, but how too sites help too

    good luck!

    john

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    My experience is that you will need about two more than you think and plan to install.

    I built my own darkroom, so the incremental cost of receptacles was material cost, or less than US$5 per receptacle. I went overboard, and haven't been sorry.

    Our house is relatively new, and we had the opportunity to specify to the builder where we wanted receptacles. The real estate person thought I was a bit crazy in calling for receptacles (which cost US$50 each from the builder), but again I'm not sorry. Unfortunately, I did find that I underestimated the need and have had to add a few since we moved in. Such is life.
    Louie

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    wow, thanks everyone. Im hitting Home Depot today and looking for a wiring book. I may need to do some of hte work myself to cut costs. Luckily I do have a handy Uncle-in-law who knows his electrical stuff. i need to make a list of everything I will need to plug in and count it up. From some of your lists it does add up fast.

    here are some pics on my website of my slow progress. Remember Im not a carpenter so be nice, Im doing htis on a very small budget. Craigslist is a great thing, Free sink and countertop.
    http://www.paulshelaskyphotography.c...roombuild.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by pesphoto View Post
    wait! 21 outlets are not enough?! What are you doing in there?
    Electrical demands vary from time to time. At the moment these are plugged in.

    circuit #1 - baseboard heater

    circuit #2 (wet side with GFI)
    clock
    bullseye safelight for clock
    print tray safelight
    drop light
    LED safelight
    three task lights for mounting, matting, etc.
    cassette player

    circuit #3 (dry side)
    gooseneck light
    small high intensity light
    radio
    two safelights, one with dimmer
    timer with two enlargers
    voltage regulator

    Some of the other items used on demand:
    dry mount press
    tacking iron
    battery charger
    tools
    fan
    foot warmer

    In addition are several battery operated items.

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    Put in at least one 240v circuit with multiple outlets.

    Consider foot-switches. I've wired some in permanently, to control lights above the sink.

    Place several outlets in the ceiling, switched to different switches, to control safelights.
    —Eric

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