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Old 06-19-2015, 10:35 AM   #1
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Wiring and Lighting your storage building

This is the storage building for the baby. It's 31 x 18 x 12. I'm thinking a wall switch for lighting, a couple of 15 amp receptacles ( one on the left and one on the right) and a 30 amp on the right. For lighting maybe two - 2 lamp 8 foot T8 strip lights (one each side between the wall and Airstream). Does that sound like everything I need? Any other suggestions?
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Old 06-19-2015, 10:40 AM   #2
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The only addition I would make is a 240 line for my welder. Other than that sounds like you have it well in hand.
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Old 06-19-2015, 10:47 AM   #3
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The two 120 volt outlets would not be enough for me, I like lots and lots of outlets to plug things into. Of course, they all need to be GFI protected.

I am going to LED type shop lights as they are cold resistant and will come on at full brightness no matter what temperature. Just a thought to consider. Costco now has them in the 4' length, simulating fluorescent bulbs.
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Hi Sabe

Depends on what you plan to do

Yes you can get by with storage that has nothing more than minimal lighting and a couple of outlets. It will work for storage.

For any sort of maintenance or repair you will need more lights and would be best served by more readily available power. Even distribution of light is more important than quantity. Running single T8s all the way along each side would be far better than double T8s in the center. Consider using 48" T8s instead of 96" -- twice as many obviously -- the total cost will be about the same and the 48" tubes are much easier to handle.

I would suggest an outlet near each corner as a reasonable compromise
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For lighting maybe two - 2 lamp 8 foot T8 strip lights (one each side between the wall and Airstream). Does that sound like everything I need? Any other suggestions?
A light at the rear of the building would not be amiss, since it allows you to see what you're doing when you open up your trailer's rear storage area. Also, having the rear wall illuminated will help your depth perception in the mirror for when you're backing in. A light in the front (inside or outside) would make hitching or unhitching easier at dark-o'clock as well.

Also, make sure your curbside 15amp receptacle lines up pretty well with your trailer's entrance door. That way if you have to run an extension cord inside the trailer from the receptacle, you don't need as long a cord. After all, sometimes you might need to use power tools or work lights inside the trailer while the trailer's power is turned off for safety.
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Old 06-19-2015, 11:14 AM   #6
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Awesome. Thanks for the suggestions. This is just the advise I'm looking for.
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I just did mine. I wanted to put a 30 amp connection like you would find in campgrounds, but my panel was maxed out. Instead, I put 20 amp connections thru out. That is still enough to run the AC in the Airstream if you want to service, test, or just spend time in there. If you want to use an air compressor, 20 amp service will allow you to use a bigger compressor without problems. You will need to use 12 ga. wire instead of 14 ga.
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Might consider a dedicated 20amp for a battery charger. Are you not putting in a hookup for the trailer?
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The only addition I would make is a 240 line for my welder. Other than that sounds like you have it well in hand.
Yes you have to have a 240 line , I'm a man of many projects and I always have use for one of my welders.
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The two 120 volt outlets would not be enough for me, I like lots and lots of outlets to plug things into. Of course, they all need to be GFI protected.

I am going to LED type shop lights as they are cold resistant and will come on at full brightness no matter what temperature. Just a thought to consider. Costco now has them in the 4' length, simulating fluorescent bulbs.
idroba beat me to it. I have bought about 5 of the 4' LED shop lights from Costco, and love them. They use about 1/5 the electricity of what they replaced, and are BRIGHT.
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Where did you purchase your building from? I am shopping right now for one to park my Airstream in.
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Old 06-19-2015, 04:36 PM   #12
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We got the building from "Coast to Coast". You can go to getcarports.com and see their catalog. It was put up in 6 hours by two gentlemen that worked their buns off. Both sides and the rear end are enclosed to the ground and it seems pretty sturdy.

Are the LED strips from Costco the Feit Electric 4' shop lights on a cord? I guess that means more receptacles. There's no Costco near me. Maybe Sams would have them.

DanB...What's the benefit of having a RV hookup vs the receptacles?

There is a welding receptacle in the front of the building to the left. Hopefully that will work. It has a 200 amp service.

I told my electrician what I wanted before my question was posted here. I guess the project will grow a little which is par for the course.
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Since you're wiring your storage unit for electric power anyway, you should, at a minimum, be thinking 50 amp (220/240 volt) service. I would also put a water line out there; 1/2" would do.

You may not need it now. But there may come a time when you might. It would also add value to your property when it comes time to sell.

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I just did a 12 x 24 building to store my tow vehicle in. I put in a breaker box and 3 breakers. One for the 5 overhead double 48" light fixtures, one for the right side outlets, and one for the left side outlets. I have 11 outlets total. I also have enough slots in my box to add on.
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