15 amp outlets and switches on 20 amp circuit

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Old 07-25-03, 09:36 PM
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15 amp outlets and switches on 20 amp circuit

I have just wired my first house and passed my rough inspection.
My question now is do I need to use 20 amp outlets and switches on my 20 amp circuits or can I use less expesive and easy to obtain 15 amp outlets and switches? Thank you in advance for your replys.
 

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Old 07-26-03, 04:12 AM
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As long as there is more than one single receptacle (a duplex receptacle will do), you may use 15A devices for all.
 
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Old 07-26-03, 06:15 AM
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What about a 20 amp circuit, where a switch controls more than 15 amps of lighting?
 
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Old 07-26-03, 08:10 AM
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If one switch controlls 15A of lighting, then it would be the only device on that circuit and require a 20A switch. Devices must be installed within their ratings. The code permits 15A devcies on a 20A circuit as long as it is not the sole device (infering that the load is distributed amongst many 15A devices on the 20A circuit)
 
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Old 07-26-03, 08:38 AM
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"If one switch controlls 15A of lighting, then it would be the only device on that circuit and require a 20A switch"


Yeah I should have realized that.
 
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Old 07-26-03, 08:43 AM
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Well I think I understand, 15 amp recepticals on a dedicated 20 amp kitchen circuit would be ok however 20 amp switches would be needed on a dedicated 20 amp lighting circuit that has only one 20 amp device i.e. 20 amp track lighting. Is this correct?
 
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