15A receptacles, 20A circuit


Old 12-07-02, 10:47 AM
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15A receptacles, 20A circuit

I notice that the standard, cheapie receptacles at Home Depot & Lowes are rated 15A. My bathroom is a 20A circuit. Do I need to buy 20A receptacles? They have them there, but they're included in the "commercial" section rather than "residental," and they're considerably more expensive. Maybe I'm just missing something? Also, does the same hold true for switches?
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Old 12-07-02, 11:37 AM
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I'll bet this question has been asked a hundred times here in the last few years. Bottom line: you may use 15-amp receptacles and switches on 20-amp circuits. Search the forum if you want the all the gory details.

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