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Another one falling for the copper industry propaganda that #12 will save money on your electric bill.
That's something of a ridiculous notion. One I've never heard of and one that makes no sense to me.
I use 12gauge wiring so no matter what usage the outlet gets, by whatever homeowner who lives in the house, the circuit will not blow a breaker under normal use.
I've never had an electrician, on any job in the last 20 years or so, install 14 gauge wiring for any outlets.
 

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That's something of a ridiculous notion. One I've never heard of and one that makes no sense to me.
I use 12gauge wiring so no matter what usage the outlet gets, by whatever homeowner who lives in the house, the circuit will not blow a breaker under normal use.
I've never had an electrician, on any job in the last 20 years or so, install 14 gauge wiring for any outlets.
Your last statement, I just don't believe.
 
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MY three cents.

First off, I am not the electrician, even though I carry an electrical license for security systems licensing.


However, ALL homes I've worked on in the last, oh so many years, have been wired with 12-2 & 12-3 for lights and outlets.


The electricians I've worked with find that it makes more business sense for a couple reasons.

1. Less inventory to manage.

2. Helps prevent mistakes by helpers.

3. Negligible cost difference.


Much the same reason I only carried 14-4 audio wire in my business. It's a lot easier to carry ONE size wire to the job sites on the truck, and it actually makes it easier to have inventory control/cost control.
 

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That's something of a ridiculous notion. One I've never heard of and one that makes no sense to me.
here's copper.org propaganda page.

http://www.copper.org/applications/electrical/building/a6119.html

I use 12gauge wiring so no matter what usage the outlet gets, by whatever homeowner who lives in the house, the circuit will not blow a breaker under normal use.
I've never had an electrician, on any job in the last 20 years or so, install 14 gauge wiring for any outlets.
Why use #12? It costs more. It's harder to work with. It takes up more box fill space. Give me a good reason to use #12. I have never tripped a 15 amp circuit. Some circuits require it like kitchen but other than that why?
 

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quite the response!

my main concern is obviously safety and taking into consideration my use for the outlets, if I am asking for something that is not safe then I will go another route. that said, I did some more looking and found that two of the lights are on a single 15A circuit and the other is also on a 15A. I'm not sure that the light sockets don't also share a circuit with anything else. the LED shop lights list 38W and 0.38A. thanks for the help!
 

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That's something of a ridiculous notion. One I've never heard of and one that makes no sense to me.
I use 12gauge wiring so no matter what usage the outlet gets, by whatever homeowner who lives in the house, the circuit will not blow a breaker under normal use.
I've never had an electrician, on any job in the last 20 years or so, install 14 gauge wiring for any outlets.
So you even use 12ga wire for dryer outlets?
 

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Nothing wrong with that BX. Just wire it up for the outlets and be done with it. If you want to switch them off and on with a switch, you will have to use a Switch Leg.
 
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