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Old 06-09-2010, 07:47 AM   #1
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Hey all, I am working on an unfinished bedroom that has no outlets and one 15 amp run to a light fixture(it is tied into various other lights and outlets in another areas). I am planning on adding 4-5 outlets, 11 65-75 watt can lights, a ceiling fan, hardwired rope lights in a soffit running the the whole room; there will be 2 can lights in a walk-in. I was planning on running a new 20 amp line to the room and was wondering if all the new lights/outlets/3 switches can run on that circuit along with a possible window a/c in the summer. I was thinking of running the fan on the existing 15 amp circuit.
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Where are you located ?

Under NEC 2008 bedroom needs AFCI protection
How big will the AC be ?
I prefer lights seperate from outlets, especially when running an AC

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I am in PA and I will be using an arc fault breaker. Not positive of the A/C, but I know it is less than 8,000 BTU. So do you suggest running the outlets on the new circuit with the AFCI? 15 or 20 AMP? I am not sure how much is on the existing circuit, so would it be reasonable to use that for the fan and run a 2nd 15 AMP for the new lights?

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(11) 75 w cans = 825 watts - thats more then 1/2 of a 15a circuit
Ceiling fan I allow 100w - up to a 56" fan, norm is less then that
Lights on the ceiling fan ?
2 walk-in can lights = another 150w possible
Are you using reg bulbs or CFL ?
Rope light - normal or LED ?
Normal rope light uses around 50w per 18' of length

So for lights you are up over 1125w
I would run a 15a AFCI circuit just for the lights
Unless you can verify there is less then 375w on the existing circuit
OR if you will use CFL's/LED's
Drops watts down under 400w

Outlets I would run 20a 12-2
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I suppose BR40 dimmable floods would work for all the cans? Rope would be LED and fan lights probably CFL. The existing line in that room currently has an 80 watt flourescent fixture on it, cannot be sure of the load on the rest of the circut, do not think there is any more than 1,000 on it, only a few lights on it from what I can tell from looking.
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