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Old 01-08-2009, 09:17 PM   #1
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I would like to add a circuit - 20A breaker 12 gauge wires in the kitchen. I plan to have it come out to a receptacle on the wall above the pennisula using GFCI receptacle and then downstream to hardware to plugmold and underneath the wall cabinets. That way the plugmold will be GFCI protected.

I want to know how I can use this circuit for undercabinet lighting as well.
I have not selected the undercabinet lights yet, but I have learned you cannot share kitchen circuit to hardwire lights? In that case would plugging the lights into the plugmold be OK (instead of hardwiring)?

also, the plug mold has 15A receptacles on it and am I allowed to use a 20A breaker for this circuit? I have heard of 20A plug mold but I can't seem to find it maybe it's for commercial only?

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I found this

"210.21(B)(3): A 20 amp branch circuit can have 15 amp receptacles, so long as there are at least two of them on the circuit"

It looks like I can use 15A plugmold on a 20Amp circuit
The internals of the plugmold is also 12 Gauge so it should be good to go.
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I found this

"210.21(B)(3): A 20 amp branch circuit can have 15 amp receptacles, so long as there are at least two of them on the circuit"

It looks like I can use 15A plugmold on a 20Amp circuit
The internals of the plugmold is also 12 Gauge so it should be good to go.
This is correct.
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Old 01-09-2009, 07:24 PM   #4
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Can someone clear up the small appliance circuit details? It CANNOT be going downstream to power undercabinet lights right?

It can only continue on to go to receptacle in the kitchen or dining/living room?
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Can someone clear up the small appliance circuit details? It CANNOT be going downstream to power undercabinet lights right?

It can only continue on to go to receptacle in the kitchen or dining/living room?
You cannot supply lighting off the two required small appliance circuits.
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Do you mean if I am wiring a 3rd SA circuit then I can do the lights with it?

I do have the 2 from the builder already.
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Do you mean if I am wiring a 3rd SA circuit then I can do the lights with it?

I do have the 2 from the builder already.

You can have 10 small appliance circuits, but none of them can supply lighting.
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