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Old 02-22-2010, 02:44 AM   #16
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Lights on circuit with outlets


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Sounds like a good plan. Especially if you can replace the #14 easily/
I am going to call for an electrical inspection this week on a permit pulled in December for some extensions to other circuits for ceiling fans and lights. At the time, if the inspector is as cool as I think he is, I will ask him about this circuit. There are two different issues that I see. The first if it was code when installed in around 1991 and the other is whether it is safe.

Should either code or safety require it be a 20 amp circuit, there may be a bit more work involved as so far it looks as all the receptacles and switches on this circuit is wired to #14, with the exception of the wire coming off of the main panel breaker.

[Since posting the above I found a site indicating that the installation was code when my home was built in 1990 or 1991. "The bathroom outlets in homes built after the mid-’90s are required to have dedicated 20-amp circuits for this very reason." http://www.rd.com/19764/article19764.html Of course, that site may be wrong, but even if it is correct, I will still plan on upgrading the circuit to a 20 so as to reduce the risk of an overload. Comments]


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Old 02-22-2010, 06:51 AM   #17
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Interesting - I don't live in California so I'm not up with the code, there.

But I guess that might explain why several homes I've lived in haven't had overhead lights. . . always irritated me - and I always installed them.
Shame on me, I guess!

But, yeah, it's a standard that certain circuits must be isolated (your stove, hot water heater, dryer) . . . or strictly to the necessities of the room itself (bathroom can have air vent - air vent can have light, etc).
I also hate houses with no overhead center of the room lights.

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