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Old 07-31-2011, 05:21 PM   #1
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I'm doing a little remodeling where I'm moving the location of my kitchen to another part of the house and the old location is going to be a new den/office.
In my new kitchen I have 12 recessed cans that can handle 150 watts per can, I have 7 recessed cans for an adjacent hallway, 3 cans for a buffet area, a 150 watt dining room light fixture, a 150 watt Den light fixture with 5 15 amp outlets.

My circuit plan is:
9 kitchen lights on 1 15 amp circuit
3 kitchen lights, 3 buffet lights and dining room light 1 amp circuit
7 hallway lights, den light and 5 outlets on 1 15 amp circuit - arc fault

With:
two 20 amp counter top kitchen circuits
15 amp dishwasher circuit
15 amp garbage disposal circuit
20 amp fridge circuit
20 amp microwave circuit
20 amp dining room circuit - arc fault

Does this seem OK? Any suggestions?

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Dishwasher & disposall can be on the same 15 amp circuit. As for lighting, you could probably do one 20 amp circuit if going with CFL's. The really big question is, where do you live (U.S. state, or Canadian providence).

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What is the size of the disposal? What is the nameplate info for the D/W? Frig can be on it's own 15 amp dedicated circuit. Disposal, D/W and frig do not require GFI protection.
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I think I've heard that some refrigerators are now calling for 20A circuit? Probably only high end ones, I suppose.

Don't forget a circuit for the stove.

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RST, stove can come off of one of the branch circuits for either the counter, or in my case, the baseboard outlet branch. If anything, yes, put in the possibility of having an electric appliance there helps, especially in future proofing.
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Yeah, sorry, I assumed an electric stove. Not normally up as early as I was today.
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you could probably do one 20 amp circuit if going with CFL's.
Lighting circuits are normally sized based on the max wattage of the fixtures, not based on what type of bulb you use. What he (or the next owner) decides not to use CFLs in the future?
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CFL's are the future.
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CFL's are the future.
If you say so!

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If you say so!

The government says so. I use them, because in the long term they are cheaper, and my power bills are a whole lot lower, than if I was still using incandescents. LED's are the next generation, and those will even be more power conserving, and over time, older circuits will be overkill for the little amount of power those type of bulbs use.
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Check w/ your town too. Dishwasher and disposal can share a circuit but my town has a requirement that they need to be plug-in in order to do so. If hardwired, they must have a circuit each.
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The government says so. I use them, because in the long term they are cheaper, and my power bills are a whole lot lower, than if I was still using incandescents. LED's are the next generation, and those will even be more power conserving, and over time, older circuits will be overkill for the little amount of power those type of bulbs use.
To each their own, I guess. I can't stand the light that CFLs or LEDs put out, and I'll continue to use incandescents in spite of the cost.
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Give them time, and they will get better. CFL's have come a long way in just five years, LED's will get better over time.

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