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Old 09-18-2009, 11:03 AM   #1
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15A receptacle circuits in kitchen _in addition to_ 2x 20A?


Do I understand the code correctly that if you have at least two 20A circuits dedicated to receptacles in the kitchen you can then also have 15A receptacle circuits, perhaps shared with another room? That is, the code doesn't say all recept circuits in kitchen must be dedicated and 20A, rather it says at least two dedicated 20A recept circuits, then you can have other stuff too.

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I'd have to look it up
But I think any kitchen circuit can't be shared with another room
Exception being a breakfast nook or something like that

With todays kitchen expansions including a 2nd room as part of the kitchen it becomes a grey area IMO depending upon the specific room

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The small appliance circuits are to serve ALL the wall, floor, and countertop receptacles in a kitchen, the only exceptions being a switched receptacle from a general purpose circuit and a dedicated circuit for a refrigerator. See 08NEC 210.52(B).
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I see lots of 12ga in my future. :-)

However it looks like I can install a 15A circuit for a TV above 5 1/2 feet? See 210.52, specifcally "in addition to any receptacle that is: (4) Located more than 1.7m (5 1/2ft) above the floor" 210.52(B) seems to apply to "counter top" outlets.

Specifically in my case I'll have a TV in the kitchen that's more than 5 1/2 ft above floor. I don't think that counts in the appliance circuits.

Also, can I pull that receptacle off the circuit feeding outside lights? I didn't see anything that says outdoor lights must be dedicated. (that assumes I'm correct that my receptacle 6 1/2 ft up doesn't need to be on the applicance circuit.)
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Yes, I think you are right if I read that right
I do know that clock outlets are installed in some cases near the ceiling on a different circuit
--actually the clock is listed as an exception
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