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I am trying to figure out where the best place to put my LOR boxes this year. My question is, is there a maximum length for an extension cords to plug in the units? I plan on using 14 awg wire, and the distance is about 30 feet. Any idea if this is possible or if it will cause any problems?

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I am trying to figure out where the best place to put my LOR boxes this year. My question is, is there a maximum length for an extension cords to plug in the units? I plan on using 14 awg wire, and the distance is about 30 feet. Any idea if this is possible or if it will cause any problems?

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30 feet, 14AWG wouldn't worry me at all.
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Greg,

What you need to consider more than anything is: 2 cords in, 16 cords out. Do the math and place them accordingly. :)

Of course, you need some common sense but, generally speaking, it's best to put them as close to the action as is feasible.

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It depends upon the amp draw through the cord. 14 GA multiconductor is usually rated for about around 17 amps. In a household circuit they will often use 14 ga romex on a 15 amp circuit. Exceeding the amp rating will cause the wire to heat up and potentially burn through the insulation.

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The highest amp draw I have for one side of the controller is 12 amps. So I think I am good with not having the cord burn up. Do you think that I should go do a heavier guage cord?

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