I am a DIYer and have made pendant/ chandeliers before with great success but I may be over my head with this one...
The question is boiled down to this: is the current wiring I have adequate for the job and do dimmers have an effect on the wire load?
Here is why I ask this question: I have started a chandelier project that has 41 vintage 40 watt incandescent bulbs. (40 watt bulbs were the lowest I could find for the style i wanted.) This will be on a dimmer to reduce the light output of 1640 watts of course! i have figured the amps are 14.9 at full power but can't find any answers about the affect dimmers have on amps if any.
This circuit includes five high hats with bulbs that I'm guessing are about 100 watts but we are prepared to change to LEDs so the added amps will be marginal.
My research suggests that amps in this set up are just about where they should be for a circuit with a 20 amp breaker. What I can't figure is if the wire is adequate. As far as I can tell the wire from the dimmer switch to the fixture is 16 gauge solid copper probably rated for 110 degrees(?) It is a 15- 20 foot run from the dimmer. Right next door (before the dimmer) is the switch for the five high hats. before that i assume the line runs direct from the breaker box for say 40-50 feet and I'm guessing it's probably the same gauge wire there.
So, in the interest of not burning my house down, can anyone tell me if the wiring is adequate and if dimmers reduce amps too?
Many thanks in advance!
PS. I don't think this is relevant to my problem but I figure i will mention it. I plan to use or fashion a power distribution set up where all hot wires go to one bank and all neutral go to another.