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Old 07-27-2010, 04:54 PM   #1
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Ceiling light in bedroom AFCI?


Does the ceiling fixture/wall switch for a bedroom have to be on the same AFCI circuit as the outlets? Or is a non-AFCI ok for overhead lights?

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Old 07-27-2010, 05:29 PM   #2
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From what I have read everything in the bedroom requires AFCI
As long as the light is IN the bedroom
IE if it controls a light outside the bedroom - or in the bathroom- not required



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I thought as much. I wanted to run a 15a light circuit from the back bedroom, to the two bathrooms for lights, then the 2 kitchen lights and entry. All overhead ceiling fixtures. Will my lights for the bathrooms and kitchen be required to be on their 20a circuits?

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Bathroom lights can be fed from anywhere
-as most lights as I understand
--if bathroom lights are fed from the bathroom 20a then that circuit can only supply that bathroom, can't extend to a 2nd

I put an AFCI breaker in for my new lighting circuit, it was just easier

Kitchen lights can't be on the 2 small appliance circuits



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Cool, so I should be OK running 2 lights in the main bathroom, one in the small half bath, 2 in the kitchen, one in the hallway and one in the closet, and one in the main entryway. 8 altogether..... what about the ceiling fan/light combo for the main bath, that's ok too, I'd think?

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Yes, someone recently posted the code section that I was looking for
Basically you calc the load at the Max bulb the fixture can take
I did not do this...never going to install a 90w or larger in any of my fixtures
Plus with the new energy saving laws going into effect bulbs must use 30% less power
So I calc'd based on a 75w bulb reduced by that 30%

I'm actually using CFLS, so my lighting circuit w/greatest load is 1254w if eveything was on
Least used circuit has less then 700w w/everything on



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Yes, someone recently posted the code section that I was looking for
220.14 (D) Luminaires. An outlet supplying luminaire(s) shall be calculated based on the maximum volt-ampere rating of the equipment and lamps for which the luminaire(s) is rated.
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60w closet
60w bath
160w bath (flou)
60w small bath
60w hallway
160w kitchen (flou)
60w kitchen
60w entryway
bath fan=unknown
so... about 700watts more or less... should be good, right? lol

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Altho not necessary, I like to limit circuits to 80% load or less. That would be 16A load on a 20A circuit or 12A load on a 15A circuit. I assume your lighting circuit is 15A so we multiply 12A times 120v to get 1,440watts. You're currently at half of that, perfectly fine.
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the first bedroom light/outlets are already on it's own circuit, as is the master bedroom.

I had just hoped to add the last bedroom overhead to this run as it's right in line...

Ah well... I'll do what I have to to pass the inspections.... Po)

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