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Old 04-08-2009, 10:17 AM   #1
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Outlet & Lighting in kitchen remodel

We are remodeling our kitchen. We knocked down a wall to the adjoining bedroom to make the kitchen larger. The dimensions are approximately 10' x 22'.

Here is a layout of the kitchen:

There are two existing light sources, one in each room. Do I add recessed lighting & keep the existing lighting? If I do add recessed lighting, where do I locate them? My next question is how many outlets are standard per breaker? Where do I locate the outlets? IE one outlet per ___ feet per wall.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:00 AM   #2
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Here's a copied diagram for the location of the outlets.
Kitchens are very specific with wiring and I'm not an electrician, so...

There is no maximum number of outlets on a circuit and you may place as many as you wish. I usually limit it to around 10. Kitchens require (2) 20 amp GFI protected circuits for the countertop and nothing else. Use some common sense, if you plan on drawing a lot of power, run another circuit.
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You counter needs a GFCI receptacle on every section of counter that is 12" or larger. A receptacle must be within 24" of the end of each counter and then every 48".( The actual rule is no secton of counter can be more then 24" from a recptacle. 48" inches is the middle and 24" away from a receptacle measured either way.)
By my count you need 11 counter receptalces and a fridge receptacle.

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I added recessed lights (CFL) in my kitchen & left the existing light (on a fan - now a CFL bulb). We turn the fan light on sometimes if needed

I think for countertop recessed lights every 2' is "normal" ??
I put 2 on one side - covering a 5'+ counter
On the other side I also put 2 recessed lights in - covering mnore area
In addition we have under cabinet LED puck lights

I'll be adding 3 more recessed lights on a counter that borders the new sunroom. All the recessed cans are 4", which I think looks better in a small kitchen VS 6" or larger

Our kitchen is maybe 10' x 14' without the sunroom
You can always turn a light off if not needed
But harder to put more light where there isn't a fixture

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Recessed light spacing depends on the size housing, trim style, bulb style, mounting height and room layout. Without more info it would be very hard to do the lighting layout.
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