Electricity: Electric Ciruits

Electric Circuits: Audio Guided Solution

Problem 15:

During the Christmas season, Sel Erbate uses the equivalent of 45 strings of 100 mini-bulbs to light the inside and outside of his home. Each 100-bulb string of lights is rated at 40 Watts. The average daily usage of the strings is 7 hours. The lights are used for approximately 40 days during the holiday season.
a. Determine the resistance of each string of lights. Each is powered by 110-volt outlet.
b. Determine the energy consumed (in kW•hr) by the lights over the course of 40 days.
c. If Sel pays 12 cents/kW•hr for electrical energy, then what is the total cost of Christmas lighting for a single season?

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