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Old 01-22-2012, 11:09 AM   #1
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As the title states I have a light over my kitchen sink. That light is controlled by a switch next to the sink, which shares a box with a countertop outlet. My question is, can the sink light pull power from the GFI protected outlet or should it be on the lighting circuit. I would think since I can reach it from the sink it should be protected..

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It should be on the lighting circut and it does not have to be GFI. Only the counter outlets need GFI.

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As the title states I have a light over my kitchen sink. That light is controlled by a switch next to the sink, which shares a box with a countertop outlet. My question is, can the sink light pull power from the GFI protected outlet or should it be on the lighting circuit. I would think since I can reach it from the sink it should be protected..

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It can share if there are already 2 dedicated lines to the counter tops
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...can the sink light pull power from the GFI protected outlet
or should it be on the lighting circuit.
Are you asking "best practices" or past/present code rules?
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It can share if there are already 2 dedicated lines to the counter tops
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Are you asking "best practices" or past/present code rules?
Both..With you asking I would say code says no, but real world practice says its a good idea.
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By current Code, lighting cannot be on the circuits for kitchen receptacles (SABC’s). Small Appliance Branch Circuits are to serve receptacles in the kitchen, dining room, pantry, breakfast area, and the like, only. They shall have no other outlets. (A receptacle is not an outlet)
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