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Bondo 10-30-2010 08:33 AM

Lighting, 'n outlets on the same breaker ??
 
Hi, I'm remodeling/ rebuilding the lower floor of a house here in extreme northern Ny...
It's a single room with 3 light fixtures, 'n 3 outlets. Total load will be well under 20amps.

Is it to code to run a single breaker that controls Both the lighting, 'n the outlets...
Or,
Do I have to run seperate circuits, 1 for lighting, then another for the outlets ? ?

Thank you...

brric 10-30-2010 08:41 AM

Unless there are local restrictions there is absolutely nothing wrong with wiring the room as you propose.

Scuba_Dave 10-30-2010 08:47 AM

I usually add lights to an existing lighting circuit
I prefer to keep them separate
But as stated nothing wrong with putting them all together

Jim Port 10-30-2010 09:41 AM

Given the low load and the cost of an additional AFCI breaker at $50 I would just use one circuit.

Bondo 10-31-2010 09:16 AM

Ayuh,.... Thanks guys,... You all confirmed my thoughts....

jmc1981 10-31-2010 12:24 PM

If you plug something in that trips the breaker it might get a little dark.

jbfan 10-31-2010 01:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jmc1981 (Post 526106)
If you plug something in that trips the breaker it might get a little dark.

If it rains, you might have a roof leak!

People are so worried aboiut tripping breakers.

The last time I tripped a breaker was......Never at home.:whistling2:

jmc1981 10-31-2010 01:42 PM

Your right I think I've had a beaker trip once in my house.

I work in a industrial plant I'm just usto breakers tripping.

Bondo 11-01-2010 04:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jmc1981 (Post 526106)
If you plug something in that trips the breaker it might get a little dark.

Ayuh,... That's what Flashlights are for,...:)

AllanJ 11-01-2010 07:56 AM

If there is a lot of lighting load to be put on the same circuit (rare in a home setting), a separate circuit for the lighting is recommended. You don't want a 15 ampere circuit to "deceptively" have only 7 or 8 amps for things you plug in. (Or a 20 amp circuit to have only 12 or 13 amps remaining)

Bondo 11-01-2010 09:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AllanJ (Post 526530)
If there is a lot of lighting load to be put on the same circuit (rare in a home setting), a separate circuit for the lighting is recommended. You don't want a 15 ampere circuit to "deceptively" have only 7 or 8 amps for things you plug in. (Or a 20 amp circuit to have only 12 or 13 amps remaining)

Ayuh,... Thanks Allen,...
Anticipated load is 3 60w overhead lights, 'n maybe a tablelamp...
Outlet loads should only be a TV, 'n possible a small music center...

I think a single 20amp circuit should cover it all...
Also,... All wiring is 12ga. 3 conductor wire...

jmc1981 11-01-2010 09:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bondo (Post 526499)
Ayuh,... That's what Flashlights are for,...:)



Just make sure you have a flash light in your back pocket every time you plug in something.

Scuba_Dave 11-01-2010 09:28 AM

I have flashlights in my house
Not hard to find them when needed
And my key chain has a small LED flashlight
And I've had far more short power outages from weather etc VS breakers tripping


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