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12:01PM | 09/17/17
I'm trying to add a ceiling mounted projector to our basement entertainment room. The easiest way to get a receptacle in the ceiling for the projector is to branch off the hard wired smoke detector box. That 15A circuit currently controls only the smoke detectors and the master bedroom outlets. The bedroom outlets power two nightstand lamps and occasionally the charging of a laptop or phone.

I'm comfortable branching off an adding a outlet because I've done that several times before. I've just never dealt with hard wired smoke detectors and obviously don't want to mess up their operation.

The projector needs 1.8-3.8A and it looks like the MacBook when occasionally attached needs 3-4A.

Any thoughts if this is an acceptable combination. It seems to me it's not any different than if I had a HDTV in my bedroom which we don't want.


06:42AM | 09/18/17
Member Since: 07/22/04
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I see no problem doing this especially if the detector has a battery backup.

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