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Old 04-05-2010, 11:06 AM   #1
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how many recess lights can I put on one 15 amp circuit? live in Delaware.

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What is the max wattage listed for the type of lamp and trim you are using?

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I don't put over 1440 watts on a 15 amp lighting circuit. No more than 600 watts in the case of a dimmer except in rare instances that might require a 1000 watt dimmer which I try to avoid.
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I don't put over 1440 watts on a 15 amp lighting circuit. No more than 600 watts in the case of a dimmer except in rare instances that might require a 1000 watt dimmer which I try to avoid.
It all depends on the dimmer. Standard incandescent dimmers are available in up to 2000W ratings. That said it is pretty uncommon in a residential application. That would also probably be in the neighborhood of 20+ recessed cans and odds are he won't need that many (if so please tell us what you're doing... I'm curious .
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I have installed 24 recess lights. 4 zones and 6 lights in each zone. Each is on its own separate dimmer switch which has a toggle on/off feature. I wanted to add 1-2 additional lights to one of the existing 6 light setups. I will have to check the packaging to tell you the actual max wattage.
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Sounds good. 8 75 watt lamps equals 600 watts. 24 @ 75 watts equals 1800 watts. I would use 2 15 amp circuits or 1 20 amp circuit.

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Go with two 15a circuits and run 14awg wire.

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