15-Amp switch on 20-Amp circuit

Old 09-13-02, 07:52 AM
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15-Amp switch on 20-Amp circuit

I have a 20-Amp circuit that feeds a single GFCI 20-Amp outlet in a bathroom. The load side of that outlet feeds a switch that controls an exhaust fan/light combo over the tub. There is nothing else connected to the circuit. Does the switch have to be rated at 20-Amps, or can it be a 15 amp switch? The switch only controls the exhaust fan/light combo, which itself only pulls a couple of amps max.

My thinking was that the switch could be a 15 amp switch, for the same reason you can have a 15 amp outlet on a 20 amp circuit. Am I right?
Old 09-13-02, 08:10 AM
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Yes you are correct the code makes allowances for 15 amp switches as long as the wiring is rated for the 20 amps

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