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Old 06-20-2011, 09:16 PM   #1
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I am wiring two new bathrooms in a basement and I hope to wire each bathroom with a 20A circuit for each with the two GFCI receptacles, one light over the vanity and a combo light/fan all on the one 20A circuit. Is there anything in the code that says that the lighting has to be on a separate circuit than the outlets. All will be wired with the 12 ga wire. I take it all outlets have to be rated 20A, even the outlet protected by the first GFCI outlet? I ask this because the outlets in the kitchen that are downstream of the 20A GFCI outlet in the kitchen are only rated 15 A and this is new construction in the last 5 years. Thanks ahead for your help. K

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Code states that all bathrooms receptacles can be wired to a sigle circuit, or everything in a single bathroom can be on one circuit.

You can not share 2 bathrooms with light and receptacles.

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Thanks for the reply. Do all the outlets and switches have to be rated for 20A? I'm wondering how the other outlets in my kitchen are rated 15A but the first GFCI is rated 20A. Thanks again. Ken
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The receptacles and the GFCI only need to be 15A, unless local codes state otherwise.
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The receptacles and the GFCI only need to be 15A, unless local codes state otherwise.
They don't need to be 20 amp devices, but the circuit needs to be 20 amp.
http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...003_par001.htm
3703.2
3703.4

I believe (could be wrong) that it's ok if you have a 15 amp receptical on a 20 amp circuit. It's not ok when you have a 20amp receptical on a 15amp circuit.

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They don't need to be 20 amp devices, but the circuit needs to be 20 amp.
http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...003_par001.htm
3703.2
3703.4

I believe (could be wrong) that it's ok if you have a 15 amp receptical on a 20 amp circuit. It's not ok when you have a 20amp receptical on a 15amp circuit.
In the US, you are correct.
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