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Answers to Electrical Questions About Wiring a Tanning Bed, Step-By-Step Instructions for Installing a Quad Receptacle and Installing Conduit for 3 Phase Industrial Equipment

June 8, 2008

Question mark Tyler asks:
I recently bought a tanning bed and it takes 220v with a buck booster. My problem is the apartment I am in wont allow me to add an extra outlet and the outlets that I have right now are all 4 prong and the Male end on the buck booster is 3 prong. My question is can I rewire the buck booster on just the one end to a 4 prong and everything work ok? Leave the 3 prong plug running into the buck booster and changing the end that plugs into the wall to a 4 prong?

Are you sure that you need the buck/boost transformer? Did you purchase the tanning bed from a commercial vendor? In a lot of commercial applications the voltage is 120/208 volts or 277/480 volts. In most all residential applications the voltage is 120/240 volts. If you install this buck/boost transformer the way you purchased it, then it will probably be wrong and possibly damage your tanning bed because of too much voltage.

A buck/boost transformer typically increases or decreases the voltage by a certain percentage depending upon how it is wired. The buck/boost transformer may have been used to increase or decrease the voltage from the previous owner. Because the buck/boost transformer increases or decreases the voltage by a certain percentage, you need to measure the voltage at your location before installing the buck/boost transformer to ensure the transformer is wired properly.

Grounding is also another important issue when installing any transformer. This is an advanced project and one that I do not recommend for a DIYer. I highly recommend hiring a licensed or qualified electrician to install this for you.


Jessica Packard asks:
My brother is trying to finish his basement including the wiring. Does anyone know how he can find step-by-step instructions on how to wire a quad receptacle for the entire basement wiring? He has electrical experience through the military.

I will write a “how to” article with step-by-step instructions and pictures on installing a quad receptacle this week. However, I’m confused by your question. Is your brother going to install 1 quad receptacle in the entire basement? Or is he installing quad receptacles everywhere?


Ryan asks:
Can anyone direct my attention to the National Electric Code were it discusses whether running conduit for 3 phase industrial equipment is appropriate?

On this blog, I typically answer electrical questions related to residential wiring only. This is because most states in the U.S. and Canadian provinces permit homeowners to complete wiring projects on their own homes. However, in most commercial and industrial wiring applications, you are required to be a licensed or qualified electrician to do this work. There are several chapters and articles in the National Electric Code® that discuss this; it really depends on the equipment you are hooking up and the atmosphere where the equipment is located. A short and vague answer is, you are required to protect your wiring from physical damage.

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4 Responses to “Answers to Electrical Questions About Wiring a Tanning Bed, Step-By-Step Instructions for Installing a Quad Receptacle and Installing Conduit for 3 Phase Industrial Equipment”

  1. erin on January 14th, 2009 11:16 am

    we put a commercial tanning bed in our house, an ovation 154 220v/50amp 60hz, we have a double flip breaker box, how do we wire this to get power from the house?

  2. doug on February 11th, 2009 9:09 pm

    i have an air compressor that has total package amps of 164. i need to wire it three phase 480. what size wire , size disconnect, size conduit, and size fuses should i use?

  3. Dave on October 28th, 2011 1:41 pm

    Yes or no on the gfi breaker??
    This tanning bed is in a basement (not finished) so do I need a gfi breaker??

  4. jerry white on February 12th, 2012 4:20 pm

    i need a wiring diagram for the relay box because you can mash the button on the box and the top lights will come on but the bottom bulbs wont come on its hooked up wrong and i need to know what to do! the manufacter of the tanning bed is american sunbed manufacturers! the model number is 30/0 ruva. the serial # 100277! Ive had this bed for 6 months and i really want it to work! PLEASE HELP ME!