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jamestown55 01-30-2014 03:44 PM

15 amp gfi question
 
Can I use a 15 amp gfi outlet in my bathroom? It will be hooked up with
14/2 wire. I understand it is not great for handling hair dryers etc. But it will
Be on our basement and this plug will never even get used. Not sure if that is
Against code in Ontario?
Thanks in advance.

IslandGuy 01-30-2014 03:51 PM

I don't know what Canadian code calls for, but US code now is dedicated 20a circuit to bathroom GFCI.

jamestown55 01-30-2014 04:16 PM

Not sure if it makes a difference or not but it will be a powder room
No tub or shower. Just sink and toilet.

joed 01-30-2014 07:42 PM

15 amp GFCI is fine in the bathroom. Does not need to be a dedicated circuit like in the USA.
From ESASAFE site

Quote:

Question
Is a separate circuit required to supply a receptacle in a bathroom?
Answer

The code does not require a separate circuit for bathroom receptacles. Bathroom receptacles can be supplied by a general purpose circuit that supplies other general purpose receptacle and lighting outlets. Multiple bath and washrooms are permitted to be supplied by the same circuit. Rule 8-304.

In bathrooms where heavy loads such as hair dryers may be used it is recommended not to combine multiple bathrooms on the same circuit.

Ontario Electrical Safety Code 25th Edition/2012

jamestown55 01-30-2014 07:45 PM

Thanks, can I run my light off that same circuit or will that be too much?

jamestown55 01-30-2014 07:48 PM

Sorry, I only saw part of your post as I am on my phone...guess that answers my
Question.

joed 01-30-2014 10:30 PM

Circuits are limited to 12 outlets. As long as you stay below that you are fine. Outlets are defined as receptacles, lights, fans, or any other device that uses power.

stickboy1375 01-31-2014 07:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joed (Post 1299398)
Circuits are limited to 12 outlets. As long as you stay below that you are fine. Outlets are defined as receptacles, lights, fans, or any other device that uses power.

So weird... because we all know once we install 13 devices, that circuit trips... and it's not the fact that we have a heavy wattage appliance in use that should have a dedicated circuit.... :no:

IslandGuy 01-31-2014 12:13 PM

I've never seen a hair dryer that would blow a 15a circuit on it's own, but know that they are sold up to 1500 watts, and that any signifigant load shared on your bathroom circuit will probably trip it. It's best to have a 20a circuit for that receptacle, or at least a dedicated 15a, separate from the lights.

JKeefe 01-31-2014 04:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jamestown55 (Post 1299113)
it will be on our basement and this plug will never even get used.

If you're not going to use it, why install it at all? Is there a requirement for receptacles in powder rooms?

Keep in mind, when I bought a house a few years ago, it had a powder room with no receptacle. I though this was silly, so I had our electrician install one.


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