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I'm hoping someone can give me some advice on an existing 15 AMP (14/2) circuit in my house. When I built in 2007, this circuit contained an outlet for the electronic ignition on my gas water heater, a single GFCI outlet in my basement, and it powered all the light fixtures in my basement (8 simple ceramic fixtures with 60W incandescent bulbs) from a single switch. Since then, I have not changed anything with the water heater outlet or the GFCI outlet. However, I have split the lighting to a couple different switches, and I have updated all but 2 of the ceramic fixtures with 9W LEDs, as I've (partially) finished the basement. Right now, there are 12, 9W integrated LED fixtures on this circuit along with the water heater outlet and the GFCI outlet. I'd like to add 10-15 more 9W LED fixtures to this circuit, but I'm worried about the load I'm going to start putting on this circuit. Should I be concerned, even though the math tells me I shouldn't? Even if I have 30 of these lights, I'm still only using ~300 Watts, which would be less than the original 8 incandescent bulbs (8 bulbs x 60 watts= 480). It just feels like I'm doing something wrong because of the number of fixtures. Also, all the work that was originally done, (water heater, GFCI, Lights) passed local code, and I had nothing to do with the original circuit design. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.