BP> I have just finished a basement room that has 3 outlets fed by one
BP> line from the breaker in the fuse box. I have a sump pump plugged
BP> into one of the outlets and the rest will be computer hardware. All
Darn: you finished the room and then asked the question! <g>
BP> computer hardware will be on fairly high quality APC surge protectors.
BP> When the sump pump kicks on for its few seconds, I can detect a
BP> slight dimming of the lights - but then there is a light dimming when
BP> the heat or AC kicks on, and its on a separate breaker...
Re: dimming -- normal (or at least the same thing occurs here plus the
others haven't commented on it).
As a couple of the other responders noted, the surge protectors are
not going to protect you from the lowered voltage. Surge = high
voltage; you are concerned with a low voltage issue. OTOH when the
sump pump kicks in there may be some spikes in the line so the surge
protection isn't totally unwarranted.
Personally I'd go with a decent UPS. Check around for a model with
decent surge surpression and a switch to shut of the alarm: I have the
feeling that low-voltage alarm will be kicking in a lot! Also, it is
probably not a good idea to put the surge surpression device on the
UPS, either before or after; check your manual. (This was why I
suggested getting a UPS with decent surge ratings.) Also, you
generally don't want/need to put a printer on a UPS, especially a
laser (though I have the two impact and one inkjet on a "spare" UPS).
BP> And as a side note - I have 6-7 lights in the room (lots of light!)
BP> using lots of low-wattage (40 watt maybe) bulbs - do they draw much
BP> power as far as going towards tripping the breaker for the room?
Umm, yeah! 7 bulbs x 40 watts is 280 watts, approximately 2« amps.
FWIW I don't like computing (or watching TV) in the dark so I have
some room lighting also. ...As a side note I have my computer desk
light on the UPS -- if the power goes out I am not in the dark.
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