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Old 11-07-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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I'm currently in the middle of my rough in phase on my addition I have a question on my wiring I have 3 20 amp circuits and running 12-2 for my home runs my question is on my ceiling fan I am going to operate the fan and light separately with 2 sets of 3 way switches I am wondering if I can use some 14-3 wire as my traveler to operate the light portion of the ceiling fan and 12-3 to the fan portion the fan has 3 13 Watt fluorescent light bulbs going in it

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No, you cannot use 14 AWG on a 20A circuit.

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All the wiring on the 20 amp circuit needs to be #12.
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I figured as much had it left over trying to use it some were I guess the 15 amp switches I got laying around wont fly either will they
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I figured as much had it left over trying to use it some were I guess the 15 amp switches I got laying around wont fly either will they
15 amp switches are fine.
If you have the wire, why not just wire the lighting circuit with 14 and use a 15 amp breaker?
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I'm not sure on the load count if I went to a 15 amp circuit do you think i could get the ceiling fan an attic light,receptacle crawlspace light receptacle, and a closet light off a 15 amp
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I Canada We wire all our circuits with 15 amp except for a few specials like kitchen counters. As a matter of code lighting MUST be on 15 amp circuits.

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