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gdilis 12-12-2010 06:59 AM

can you put outlets and switches on the same circuit

Just Bill 12-12-2010 07:05 AM

yes.............but I suspect your question is too vague.

DangerMouse 12-12-2010 07:44 AM

Yes, but I suspect Bill is correct.


Jim Port 12-12-2010 11:02 AM

There are certain circuits like kitchen small appliance circuits and laundry circuits that cannot have lighting on the same circuit as the receptacles. Depending on how many bathrooms the circuit serves there are also restrictions.

gdilis 12-12-2010 11:57 AM

closet switch
in a walk in closet where should the switch be inside the closet or outside of the closet by the door

brric 12-12-2010 12:12 PM

Personal preference. The switch could be in another room if you want.

clashley 12-12-2010 12:34 PM


Originally Posted by gdilis (Post 549949)
in a walk in closet where should the switch be inside the closet or outside of the closet by the door

Sounds like are you want to install a closet light to an existing branch circuit which has outlets already. This should be OK, but a few things need to checked first:

What does this branch circuit serve (bedrooms, bathroom, living room/den, etc.)? If the branch circuit serves a bathroom or kitchen, you should not add general lighting to it.

What is the rating of the breaker for this circuit, and what gauge of existing wiring serves the circuit? If it's a 20A breaker, it should be 12 AWG. 14 AWG should be used only on a 15A breaker. For your new wiring, you should stick to the same gauge as the rest of the branch.

What type of lighting fixture are you planning to put in the closet? If it is an incandescent fixture, it should be a recessed fixture with an integrated thermal cutoff to keep combustible materials in the closet (especially on the top shelves) from contacting the fixture.

The placement of the switch is your choice (within reason, of course; keep it away from water like sinks/bathtubs). I'd personally place it on the outside of the closet and use a pilot light switch that will indicate when the light inside is on.

Jim Port 12-12-2010 12:51 PM

There are strict clearance requirements for fixtures in closets. There are also restictions on fixture types.

Depending on the two items above you may not have the proper space to even intall a fixture in the closet.

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