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Old 10-04-2012, 01:56 PM   #1
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Too many outlets/fixtures on a circuit?


I bought a house a few months back -

While failing to fix a wobbling ceiling fan, I noticed that one 15A circuit appears to be controlling a few too many fixtures/outlets than what I would deem normal.
  • 4 duplex outlets
  • 1 duplex GFI outlet
  • 1 quad outlet
  • 8 ceiling fixtures
  • 2 outdoor lights
Too much? It feels like too much.

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Old 10-04-2012, 01:59 PM   #2
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There is no limit on how much can be on a 15A "lighting circuit". Is the breaker tripping? No? Its fine. Yes? You need to break the circuit up.

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I bought a house a few months back -


While failing to fix a wobbling ceiling fan, I noticed that one 15A circuit appears to be controlling a few too many fixtures/outlets than what I would deem normal.
  • 4 duplex outlets
  • 1 duplex GFI outlet
  • 1 quad outlet
  • 8 ceiling fixtures
  • 2 outdoor lights
Too much? It feels like too much.
SOunds fine to me. COuld probabley add 10 or 20 more.
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Still fine if the GFI and two of the fixtures are in a bathroom and two of the ceiling fixtures are fans that are always on?
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Still fine if the GFI and two of the fixtures are in a bathroom and two of the ceiling fixtures are fans that are always on?
Depends when the house was built but id you havent had a problem yet i wouldnt worry about it.
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Bathrooms should be on their own 20A circuit, but that code was introduced somewhere around 1990, so your home, depending on age, might be fine code wise. Reality wise, if you have daughters, you will probably experience some lights dimming or the circuit tripping from hair dryers.
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Thanks all-

A friend of the family, a professional electrician, had a look and confirmed everything here: not really a problem right now but we'll eventually want to separate the bathroom outlets to allow for hair dryers and whatnot.

The house was built in 1955 - different areas have seen upgraded/updated electrical at different times ever since - bathroom/kitchen were updated in 2000.

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