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are there fixtures that should go only on 15 and never on 20A circuits, for the fire hazard or frying the fixture?

i have a track lighting setup that comes with a transformer and it says do not exceed 300W. i wanna put it on a 20A circuit (the only one running in that part of the house). i was wondering if it may fry the light or introduce a fire hazard.

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The light is fine on a 20A circuit. The 20A circuit means that the breaker is rated for 20A, and the wire is rated for 20A (the wire must be a minimum of 12 gage). The amount of current a device draws is related to the resistance of the device and the voltage, not the size of the breaker or the size of the wire feeding the device.
 

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You should add your location to your profile.
In Canada lighting must be on 15 amp circuits. It is not permitted be on 20 amp circuits.
 

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You should add your location to your profile.
In Canada lighting must be on 15 amp circuits. It is not permitted be on 20 amp circuits.
Hey Joe....do you know what the reasoning is? Curious.

amakarevic...please post your location....would be a great help.
 

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Hey Joe....do you know what the reasoning is? Curious.

amakarevic...please post your location....would be a great help.

The reason is because they still use Federal Pacific panels there. :laughing::laughing::laughing:
 

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It's in the code. Who knows why they put some of the stuff in the code.

Why do we need to use 20 amp Tslot receptacles on 20 amp circuits and NEC allows regular 15 amp receptacles?
 

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mid-atlantic somewhere... i don't wanna post the specific location because in my locale, it is forbidden for non-professionals to touch electrical or plumbing and it is obvious here that i am doing it. unfortunately, my handle here is a derivative of my name, i wish i could change it but this site won't let me. so yeah, i am paranoid of the big brother...
 

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mid-atlantic somewhere... i don't wanna post the specific location because in my locale, it is forbidden for non-professionals to touch electrical or plumbing and it is obvious here that i am doing it. unfortunately, my handle here is a derivative of my name, i wish i could change it but this site won't let me. so yeah, i am paranoid of the big brother...
Even if you just added USA or Canada that would do it. State to state rules are not that significant unless you live in a conduit only zone like Chicago.
 
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