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Is it safe to use a 20 amp fan timer to make sure an amp on a surge protector gets turned off ?
Was thinking of adding this to a garage system to make sure the amp always get turned off as a safety precaution.
Yes, you'll be just fine, actually a good idea. Ceiling fan, audio system, the timer doesn't know the difference.
"... Ceiling fan, audio system, the timer doesn't know the difference. ..."
That is what I thought as long as it doesn't exceed the 20 amp load rating and it is wired appropriately. The amplifier is only 60/90wpc into 8/4 Ohm respectively which is @ 1/10th the rated load of the switch.
Just wanted to make sure it won't hurt the power amp by "unplugging it" if it happens to be on.
Unless you require a 20A circuit, there are a number of 15A AC outlet timers that are inexpensive and won't involve questionable use of a timer that is intended for the in-wall wiring of a ceiling fan. Some even feature an RF remote control that you can operate while at your garage workbench or anywhere in your home for that matter.
"... questionable use of a timer that is intended for the in-wall wiring of a ceiling fan ..."
Why would a timer controlled (switched) outlet be questionable ? The electric in my workshop is run in metal conduit, metal gang boxes and metal face plates on the outside of the walls so access is very easy (not to mention all of the parts are already in the spare parts bin).
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