### Understanding Watts

Why understand Watts? Well, because.

The sun is somewhere around, in wattage, one trillion squared squared SMW (Super Mega Watts). I'm not a scientist, so I don't know the exact number, but in you average household, a medium screw based tungsten filament globe is 60 watts.

The amount of light that you use will be a direct result of you final edit.

Another reason to know your wattage is to also know how much can be used in the average household. Since not all photographers have a kick ass studio, and shoot out of the garage at their house, the average house has a 200 amp breaker box, with 20 amp breakers. This gives the house 10 breakers to use up to a 2 kw lamp per outlet.

How did I figure this out?

1000 watts of light = 8.3 amps

Taking the 8.3 and rounding up to 10, I now have 1.7 amps of insurance so I don't overamp. Also, it makes things easy to do the math.

Some older houses have 100 amp service, with 15 amp breakers. You have to know what you have as far as size of breakers, and outlets so that you don't keep busting a break.

The pix above represent pro quality lighting from some of the jobs I have been on.

(more later)