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Old 03-16-2010, 11:20 AM   #1
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I live in Ontario Canada. I am planning to wire a wet bar in my basement. I plan on running a dedicated line to the bar. I plan on having 2 GFI's on the counter. My questions are:

1. Can I run 14/2 on a 15A breaker?
2. Can I add a receptacle near the floor for a small bar fridge?
3. Can I add 4 recessed lights to this circuit?

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Old 03-16-2010, 11:46 AM   #2
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Hello
I live in Ontario Canada. I am planning to wire a wet bar in my basement. I plan on running a dedicated line to the bar. I plan on having 2 GFI's on the counter. My questions are:

1. Can I run 14/2 on a 15A breaker?
2. Can I add a receptacle near the floor for a small bar fridge?
3. Can I add 4 recessed lights to this circuit?

Thank you.
Yes you can but I personally would make it at least 20 amps and probably 2 circuits minimum.
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:48 AM   #3
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If the outlets are on 1 circuit only the first one needs to be GFCI. Just feed the second outlet from the Load side of the gfci and they will both be protected.
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I already have 14/2 wire. Is it unsafe or against Ontario code to use 14/2 wire and 15A? Since the counter plugs will get minimal to no use is it ok to run 4 recessed lights from same cicuit?
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Have you already run the 14/2 wire? Or do you already own it?

It's not unsafe to use a 15-amp breaker with 14/2 wire, but I don't know any Canadian code. (using 14/2 wire with a 20-amp breaker...that's unsafe). The worst that'll happen is you trip the breaker. If you haven't run the wire yet, I'd do it right and run 12/2 with a 20amp breaker. You did mention you wanted a fridge (albeit a small one) on this circuit too, and lights. That's starting to add up, and you never know what you may want to plug in on the bar. Coffee maker? Espresso machine? super high-powered card shuffler???
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