AMPS – Amps/Amperes/Ampacity/Rated Amperage -measurement of the flow rate of electricity. If you think in terms of water through a hose, amperage would be a measure of water volume flowing through the hose.
AWG - American Wire Gauge; standard measuring gauge for non-ferrous conductors (i.e., non-iron and non-steal). Lower gauge numbers indicate larger conductor size.
Circuit Breaker - is an automatically operated electrical switch designed to protect an electrical circuit from damage caused by overcurrent or overload or short circuit. Its basic function is to interrupt current flow after protective relays detect a fault. Most Breakers are 15 AMPS that carry up to 1875 Watts. Found in a Breaker Box.
GFCI/GFI – Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupter. An electrical wiring device that disconnects a circuit whenever it detects that the electric current is not balanced between the energized conductor and the return neutral conductor. Such an imbalance is sometimes caused by current leakage through the body of a person who is grounded and accidentally touching the energized part of the circuit. May Trip, when anything on the line detects moisture.
Incandescent - light bulb is an ELCTRIC LIGHT WITH A WIRE FILAMENT. Heated to such a high temperature that it glows with visible light, heated by passing an electric current through it, is protected from oxidation with a glass.
LED - Light-Emitting Diode - Typical lifetimes quoted are 25,000 to 100,000 hours, but heat and current settings can extend or shorten this time significantly.
Plug - A male cord mounted wiring device with the conducting pins protruding and exposed. This type device should never be wired to make the exposed pins live while unplugged. Therefore, plugs are always dead until they are plugged into a power source such as a wall outlet or generator outlet.
Receptacle - A female flange mounted wiring device with the conducting elements recessed behind the mating surface. Often referred to as an outlet. This type of device is normally wired to be live when nothing is plugged in to it. Therefore, receptacles are wired to the source of power.
Voltage/Volts - he force or “push” driving electrical energy through a conductor or wire that can be compared to the pressure of water in a pipe.
Watt - A unit of power, defined as one joule per second. Wattage is calculated as Voltage x Amperage.
AMP & WATT Tester - Eliminate the need for expensive clamp-on meters and line splitters with the Reliance Controls AmWatt Appliance Load Tester. This tester displays a quick readout of the amps or watts used by plug-in appliances ranging from refrigerators to holiday lighting.
Gives a quick digital readout of the Amps or Watts used by any plug-in appliance
Accurate from 1 to 15 Amps or 125 to 1,875 Watts
Example 120V (average property) * 10A = 1.2kW or 1200W
V = Volts A = Amps W = Watts P = Power (watts * power factor)
Rough Estimate – Varies depending on Manufacture & More
LED C9 (set of 25) = 24 Watts or .2 AMPS
Incandescent C9 (set of 25) = 175 Watts or 1.6 AMPS
LED MINI-LIGHTS (strand of 100) = 7 Watts or .7 AMPS
Incandescent MINI-LIGHTS (strand of 100) = 45 Watts or .38 AMPS
Extension Cords – Keep Combined Watts under 1200 Watts or 10 AMPS
Timers – Keep Combined Watts under 1500 Watts or 12.5 AMPS