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Old 11-22-2008, 01:18 PM   #1
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Microwave dedicated circuit?


Does code require a microwave to be on it's own circuit? I am interested to put it on its own circuit, but a couple of light bulbs after it wouldn't hurt right, unless code requires it to have it's own?

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Does code require a microwave to be on it's own circuit? I am interested to put it on its own circuit, but a couple of light bulbs after it wouldn't hurt right, unless code requires it to have it's own?

Is it built in?

If it isnt you can put it on a kitchen receptacle circuit, but cannot use any kitchen outlet circuits to power lights, only outlets.

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Microwave dedicated circuit?


It does not need to be on its own circuit but the built in microwaves come with a pigtail and the manufacturers specify that you have an outlet in an adjoining cabinet that it plugs into so in the event of a malfunction it can be easily unplugged.

Most microwaves draw no more than 1000 watts so you have an extra 800 watts on a standard 15amp circuit or an extra 1400 watts on a 20AMP circuit. Not enough to have a toaster over but certainly enough for a dozen lights.
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