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Old 01-12-2013, 10:21 AM   #1
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I'm adding a bathroom in my basement and need some input. I will be adding a room light, shower light, & vanity light, plus 2 outlets. I currently have 6 floursent lights in basement each having 2 32watt bulbs on a single circuit breaker. I want to add the new bathroom lights to this same circuit, if my load calculations are right this should be ok. Correct?

I will then add a whole new circuit for the 2 outlets, one being GFI.

Am I good to go with this plan? If not please give advice.

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Nope, bathroom needs it's own circut.
20 amp GFI outlets.

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One 20 amp circuit is sufficient for a basic bathroom. Full bath? 1/2 Bath?
Remember. A hair dryer pulls about 1500 watts all by itself. And make sure you think ahead. Whirlpool tub?

Joe. Where is this a requirement?
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Yes the lighting for the barh can come off the existing basement lighting circuit, but the aervice recepticle for the bath, needs its own 20amp if in the U.S., and believe that for Canad, you can get away with a 15amp.
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Nope, bathroom needs it's own circut.
20 amp GFI outlets.
The 3 lights would come off of existing 20 amp basement lighting circuit.

The outlets (GFI) would be a NEW 20 amp circuit.

Since I'm putting a new 20 amp circuit in....
Is it standard for a whole bathroom to be on the same circuit? (3 lights, 2 outlets) The hair dryer was the main reason for me splitting them up.
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The 3 lights would come off of existing 20 amp basement lighting circuit.

The outlets (GFI) would be a NEW 20 amp circuit.

Since I'm putting a new 20 amp circuit in....
Is it standard for a whole bathroom to be on the same circuit? (3 lights, 2 outlets) The hair dryer was the main reason for me splitting them up.
Yes thats normal

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My personal opinion is if you are going to the trouble to do it, do it better. Yes you could get by with the lights on the existing circuit, but then you would be limited as to what you could do with that circuit in the main basement.

So if you are going to the trouble to add a circuit, add two. Do it better. Plus you made no mention of a fan.

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